Notre Dame has identified the heir apparent to All-American left tackle Mike McGlinchey.
Offensive coordinator Chip Long said that junior Liam Eichenburg is expected to be the starting left tackle for the Fighting Irish in 2018, according to the South Bend Tribune’s Eric Hansen.
#NotreDame offensive coordinator Chip Long said it appears Liam Eichenberg will be the starting left tackle for the Irish in 2018.
— Eric Hansen (@EHansenNDI) April 12, 2018
Eichenburg ranked as the seventh-best tackle and 80th-overall player in the Class of 2016, according to 247Sports.com’s composite rankings. The Cleveland native played in the Under Armour All-American Game before arriving to Notre Dame.
He played in five games last season after not seeing any action as a freshman.
Eichenburg has some large shoes to fill. McGlinchey was a Walter Camp first-team All-American in 2017, as well as a member of the Maxwell Award and Outland Trophy watch list. The two-time Notre Dame captain was part of an offensive line that help the Fighting Irish average 417.6 yards per game last season.
Notre Dame will also have to replace another first-team All-American in guard Quenton Nelson.