Notre Dame football named “O-Line U” by Sports Illustrated

Notre Dame football's Zack Martin (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Notre Dame football's Zack Martin (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

In their “Position U” series, Sports Illustrated named Notre Dame football as “O-Line U” based on the past decade. Irish fans already knew this though.

During this college football offseason, Sports Illustrated has set out to declare the “Position U” for each football position group. To do so, they looked at how players from each college, including Notre Dame football, have performed in the NFL over the past ten years.

Players were given a score based on where they were selected in the NFL Draft, how many games they started, and whether or not they have received any honors (e.g. Offensive/Defensive Player of the Year, All-Pro, etc.).

When it came to Sports Illustrated naming the “Offensive Line U,” Irish fans knew the result before the article was even published. It was Notre Dame.

According to Sports Illustrated’s scoring system, Notre Dame football players have accumulated a total of 69 points over the past ten years. The Irish finished just one point ahead of Wisconsin (68) and three points ahead of Florida (66).

Notre Dame’s top individual scorer was Zack Martin with 20 points. He was drafted in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft (3 points), he has started 94 games (5 points), and he has been named first-team All-Pro four times (12 points).

Other former Notre Dame offensive linemen who contributed to the point total: Quenton Nelson, Ronnie Stanley, Mike McGlinchey, Nick Martin, Chris Watt, Sam Young, Trevor Robinson, Eric Olsen, and Alex Bars.

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To go along with what was a fairly obvious announcement by Sports Illustrated, here are some other obvious facts for you:

  • Notre Dame was founded in 1842 and is located in South Bend, Indiana
  • Notre Dame Stadium first opened in 1930
  • The football team has won 11 national championships
  • Notre Dame Stadium has a current capacity of 80,795
  • The Earth is round
  • The Sun is hot
  • The sky is blue
  • Humans need oxygen to survive
  • Pizza is delicious
  • Notre Dame has been and will always be “O-Line U”