Notre Dame Football Captain Mike McGlinchey Interview Breakdown.

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Mike McGlinchey and Brian Kelly addressed the media after practice yesterday.

Mike McGlinchey made the switch from right tackle to the left tackle position last year, one of the most important positions on a football team.

He showed signs of unrest in that he had a frustrating amount of false starts (leading to him being tagged “McFlinchey” by some), some other miscues and a lack of cohesion with the guys beside him.

“Built by Balis,” McGlinchey said when addressing his new physique. “Coach Balis has been a blessing on our program. He has done things for me and for everyone else in our program, in the way that we’ve been training, how we’re training.”

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This is great news to hear about a 6’8 offensive lineman who reportedly finished last season at under 300 pounds and seemingly falling short on the football field in certain fashions that a man of his stature shouldn’t have been.

Brian Kelly also addressed the media concerning the fifth-year captains physical change. “I don’t know if you’ve seen him. He’s gone up almost 8 to 10 pounds of good weight. He’s gone from 16-24 in terms of 225 bench reps. He’s made significant gains in the weight room.”

"“We owed him something on our end as well, and that’s to physically develop him, to mentally develop him, as a captain and a leader and to develop his skill,” said Kelly."

“We moved him from left tackle and there was an adjustment period there. Harry’s work with him there is crucial as well,” Kelly added.

Having Mike McGlinchey bigger, stronger and more mentally prepared will provide Notre Dame’s offense, and new starting quarterback Brandon Wimbush, with a solid, experienced and physically imposing anchor up front.

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With 329 pound mauler Quenton Nelson beside him, along with a host of former high school All-Americans who boast a very nice number of starts under their belts, this offensive line should truly be one of the elite squads in the country.

Maybe even, dare I say it? BEST offensive line in the country.

Come September, we will find out. It’s going to be interesting to see how it all shakes out.