Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson, OT Mike McGlinchey named AP All-Americans

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Expectations are high on the left side of Notre Dame's offensive line.

Senior left guard Quenton Nelson was named a first team Associated Press preseason All-American on Tuesday, while graduate student Mike McGlinchey was named to the second team.

Nelson — a 6-foot-5, 330-pound senior — has started 23 games in his Irish career, including all 12 last season. The Holmdel, N.J., native allowed just one quarterback hit and zero sacks in 439 pass block snaps last season. He has surrendered just three sacks and three quarterback hits in 850 pass block snaps thus far in his career.

McGlinchey — a 6-8, 315-pound graduate student — has started 26 consecutive games, splitting time between right tackle and left tackle. The two-time Irish captain has allowed just three sacks and four quarterback hits over 974 career pass block snaps.

Nelson and McGlinchey are the only set of teammates from the same offensive position group to be named preseason AP first- or second-team All-American.

Blue's Josh Adams runs the ball as Quenton Nelson blocks for him during the New & Gold scrimmage game Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. Tribune Photo/MICHAEL CATERINA
Blue's Mike McGlinchey pass blocks against Julian Okwara during the New & Gold scrimmage game Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. Tribune Photo/MICHAEL CATERINA
Notre Dame's Mike McGlinchey, right, and Quenton Nelson both deferred their NFL dreams to have a chance to be a part of an Irish offensive line revival. (Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ)