The Notre Dame football team has two young stars at offensive tackle in Joe Alt and Blake Fisher, but where will they both wind up in the starting lineup?
During the 2021 college football season, the Notre Dame football team was prepared to go into the regular season with a true freshman at left tackle. That true freshman, Blake Fisher, earned the starting job with a terrific summer, but unfortunately for him, he would be injured in Week 1, and would not return until the bowl game.
After the injury to Fisher, the Irish struggled to get it right along the offensive line, especially at the left tackle spot. However, in stepped Joe Alt, and from there, the group banded together, becoming one of the better units in all of college football.
This season, Fisher is healthy, and Alt is returning, as he was a true freshman last season, so the question is whether or not Fisher should return to left tackle, or stay on the right side. When Fisher returned for the bowl game, he went to the right side, keeping Alt at left tackle, but should that be the plan in 2022?
Notre Dame football should be elite along the offensive line
Truth be told, the Notre Dame football team is going to be elite along the offensive line, as all five starters will return from the bowl team from a year ago. A familiar face returned as offensive line coach in Harry Hiestand, and his being in the fold should take this group to the next level.
Jarrett Patterson passed on the NFL, and likely being drafted on Day 2 to return, while Andrew Kristofic and Josh Lugg are penciled in as the starting guards right now. Rocco Spindler should get in the mix, and possibly earn a starting job this summer, but if they stick with the starting five from the Oklahoma State game, that would be fine as well.
The Notre Dame football program continues to stack talent for their 2024 recruiting class, this time landing elite TE Jack Larsen.
This is a fine problem to have, and when all is said and done, I believe that Fisher will return to the left tackle spot. Of course, Alt was fine as the left tackle last year, but moving forward, Fisher is a player that I believe has more talent and will be an anchor at left tackle at the next level when all is said and done.