Notre Dame OL Quenton Nelson, Mike McGlinchey earn All-America honors

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

The awards keep rolling in.

On Tuesday, Notre Dame senior left guard Quenton Nelson was named a first-team All-American by The Sporting News, while graduate student left tackle Mike McGlinchey earned second-team honors.

A day earlier, McGlinchey and Nelson were each named first-team All-Americans by both the Associated Press and the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). Last week, the Walter Camp Football Foundation presented McGlinchey and Nelson with identical first-team honors.

Nelson remains in the running for the "unanimous All-American" label, which goes to a player named to the first team of five entities — Walter Camp, the AP, the FWAA, The Sporting News and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).

The AFCA has yet to announce its All-American team.

Nelson — a 6-foot-5, 330-pound senior — was also named Notre Dame's team MVP at last Friday's annual Echoes awards banquet. McGlinchey — a 6-8, 315-pound graduate student — was named Notre Dame's Offensive Lineman of the Year.

A Holmdel, N.J., native, Nelson was one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, which is presented annually to college football's premier interior lineman. He ranks as the highest-rated college offensive lineman in the country by Pro Football Focus (48.1), has not surrendered a sack or QB hit, and allowed just two QB hurries in 819 offensive snaps this season.

McGlinchey, not to be outdone, is Pro Football Focus' third-rated offensive lineman nationally (44.3) and touts the highest run-blocking grade in the country (94.2).

Both McGlinchey and Nelson will play their final collegiate games when No. 14 Notre Dame (9-3) meets No. 16 LSU (9-3) in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1. They are each projected as first-round selections in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft.

Notre Dame’s Quenton Nelson (56) picks up Equanimeous St. Brown (6) after he caught a touchdown pass as Mike McGlinchey (68) taps his helmet during the Temple at Notre Dame NCAA football game at Notre Dame Stadium Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. Tribune Photo/MICHAEL CATERINA