Oct. 27, 2012; Norman, OK, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive tackle Christian Lombard (74) signals touchdown after quarterback Everett Golson (5) (not shown) scored in the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma Sooners at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Notre Dame won 30-13. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame Football: Counting Down Notre Dame’s Starters: #10 Christian Lombard

This year, Notre Dame’s Football team will be one of the youngest that Brian Kelly has ever had at Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are making slight adjustments on Offense and Defense. The Defense will likely operate with three Cornerbacks most of the time. Here are Notre Dame’s players ranked 1-22, continuing with #10:

Christian Lombard – Senior – Guard 

Going into his final season in a Notre Dame uniform Christian Lombard is looking to return to his 2012 form when he started all 13 games for the Irish. During the 2013 season Lombard was one of the best offensive linemen for Notre Dame, starting the first seven games of the season. Unfortunately Lombard was sidelined for the rest of the season due to a herniated disk that required surgery to fix. After recovering from his back surgery Lombard was poised to make his comeback only to be bitten by the injury bug again. It was announced at the beginning of spring ball that a dislocated right wrist would prevent him from participating.

With an offensive line that will be returning four starters, Christian will be one of the vocal leaders of a very talented offensive line. Through his five years at Notre Dame, Lombard has done everything and more to live up to his four star rating coming out of high school. In 2013, Notre Dame’s offensive line ranked second in the FBS for fewest sacks allowed with eight.

Looking forward to the 2014 season, Notre Dame looks to have one of the top lines in all of the country. Those four returning starters have built a bond that cannot be broken easily. Having Lombard on the right side of an offensive line that does not have a designated starting Right Tackle would give any quarterback confidence. Look for the Irish to field a starting line that will carry the running game and support a high powered passing attack.

  • Ranking the Starters:
  • 10. Christian Lombard
  • 11. Austin Collinsworth
  • 12. Ben Koyack
  • 13. Steve Elmer
  • 14. Jarron Jones
  • 15. Amir Carlisle
  • 16. Ishaq Williams
  • 17. Romeo Okwara
  • 18. Corey Robinson
  • 19. Joe Schmidt
  • 20. Cole Luke
  • 21. Max Redfield
  • 22. Mike McGlinchey
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