Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey intends to return for 2017 season

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Senior left tackle Mike McGlinchey said on Wednesday that he intends to return to Notre Dame for his final season of eligibility in 2017.

"It's going to be a five-year process," McGlinchey said. "I have (at least) 19 games left here, and that's what I fully intend to take on. I have a lot left to learn. I'm not ready to go anywhere. I have the best in the business coaching me each and every day, and it's to my benefit to just stay here and learn from him, and there's nothing that I can do to want to change that.

"I have no intention of wanting to change that. I haven't played -- I mean I've played a lot of football so far, but I have a lot left to accomplish, and I know I'm not going to put myself in a position to go somewhere when I'm not fully ready to. I'm fully confident that I will be ready at some point, but I don't think it'll be after this season."

But what about all the 2017 mock drafts that project McGlinchey as a first round pick?

"I don't really pay attention to all that," McGlinchey said. "It's not going to come down to a projection for me. It's going to come down to a mindset and a look in the mirror at whether or not I am ready to go, and based off of what I'm feeling now, I'm pretty confident that I'll be back here for a fifth year.

"It's not any major decision or ground-breaking decision. I fully intended to (stay for five years) when I first got to college. And like I said, I have so much left to learn here, and it's not going to come down to projections or potential money that I can make. Because if I'm good enough at the point when I feel ready to do it, I'll do it. And those projections will become reality at some point when it's my time to be ready to do that."

If McGlinchey and junior quarterback DeShone Kizer both return, which is far from a certainty, Notre Dame could realistically return all 11 of its starters on offense.

The Philadelphia native has started 19 career games at Notre Dame, more than any other Irish offensive player.

Notre Dame’s Mike McGlinchey (68) looks to block Duke’s Jordan Hayes (13) during the Notre Dame-Duke NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. Tribune Photo/MICHAEL CATERINA