Notre Dame offensive lineman Alex Bars got his wish on Saturday before the Blue-Gold Game.
After a heated competition between Notre Dame’s veterans for the final remaining captain’s spot, Bars was awarded the team’s fourth captaincy on Saturday morning. The team announced the decision in a tweet prior to the spring game.
Bars now joins fellow offensive lineman Sam Mustipher, linebacker Drue Tranquill and punter Tyler Newsome as the team’s captains. And the 2018 Fighting Irish now have their leadership core in place for the summer and fall.
Originally a 4-star recruit from Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Bars is a redshirt senior who has started 27 games for Notre Dame in the past three seasons. Together with Mustipher, he looks to keep Notre Dame’s mentality along the offensive line intact after losing Mike McGlinchey, Quenton Nelson and offensive line coach Harry Hiestand to the NFL this offseason.
After winning the Joe Moore Award as the nation’s best collective offensive line in 2017, the Irish know they might not be as talented in 2018. However, their success up front is critical to the overall success of the offense in Notre Dame’s spread-to-run scheme, so it makes sense that half of the team’s four captains are returning starters on the offensive line.