The last of the five recognized college football All-American teams was revealed Wednesday, and with its release, Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson made history.
Nelson found himself on the first-team of the American Football Coaches Association’s All-America teams, just like he had for the previous four. Thus, he became Notre Dame’s first unanimous All-American since Manti Te’o in 2012. He is the 23rd in school history.
Nelson is the first Notre Dame offensive lineman to accomplish the feat since Aaron Taylor did so in 1993.
Nelson’s partner on the left side of the Irish offensive line, left tackle Mike McGlinchey, was also included on the AFCA first-team. McGlinchey is now a consensus All-American, having appeared on the first team of at four of the five panels. As a result, McGlinchey and Nelson became the first pair of offensive lineman to be named consensus All-Americans in the same season in Notre Dame’s history.
Nelson, a junior, and McGlinchey, a senior, are both considered likely first-round picks in the 2018 NFL Draft. Both have said they intend to play in the Irish’s Citrus Bowl matchup with LSU on New Years Day.