The Notre Dame offensive line took pride in staying late after practice in 2017 and, as a result, the unit received the Joe Moore Award as the nation’s top offensive line. Quenton Nelson is taking that work ethic with him to Indianapolis.
Nelson was selected with the No. 6 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts late last month. He signed his rookie contract earlier this week and is getting his first taste of the NFL at rookie minicamp this weekend.
And it was no surprise to Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush to see video circulating through social media showing that Nelson was out on the practice fields by himself after his day was supposed to be over.
It’s engraved inside of the Irish linemen… a beautiful thing https://t.co/4FByYYTopb
— Brandon Wimbush (@WimbushB7) May 12, 2018
Practice ended. The field cleared… except for one. pic.twitter.com/gVv0jNJWkJ
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) May 12, 2018
We’ll forgive Wimbush the engraved/ingrained mix-up, but the message is still clear. Notre Dame offensive linemen have created a culture, and it’s turning the program into a premier destination for offensive linemen in college football.
In recent years, that culture has yielded Zack Martin, Nick Martin, Ronnie Stanley and now Nelson and former teammate Mike McGlinchey, who was drafted No. 9 overall by the San Francisco 49ers. And those names should help Brian Kelly continue to bring in elite offensive linemen and protect players like Wimbush.