Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson named to SI Preseason All-America Team

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Quenton Nelson looks the part.

A hulking 6-foot-6, 325-pound junior, Nelson is perhaps Notre Dame's most physically imposing offensive lineman. He acted the part in 2015 as well, starting all 13 games at left guard after redshirting his freshman season.

Nelson's ascension is expected to continue this fall, as the Holmdel, NJ, native was named a first-team preseason All-American by Sports Illustrated on Tuesday. The mammoth junior was the only Notre Dame football player to make the list.

The Irish's 2016 opponents to represented as well. On the first team, wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, Michigan State defensive lineman Malik McDowell and Stanford's Christian McCaffrey (all-purpose player) all made the cut. USC offensive tackle Zach Banner, Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson and USC all-purpose player Adoree' Jackson were featured on the second team.

Check out Sports Illustrated's full All-America teams here.

Notre Dame’s Quenton Nelson (56) and teammates celebrate a touchdown during the second half of Notre Dame-Stanford NCAA football game on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Palo Alto, Calif. SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN