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A top reserve at guard and tackle his first two seasons, Nick Martin is the heir apparent at the center position vacated by the graduated Braxston Cave.
Thanks Lou. One of the better articles on the offensive line.
For some reason I truly believe that come summer camp, Hegarty will have gotten back in the swing of things, be back up to 300+lbs, and be the #1 center with Nick moving over to RG. Matt was very highly ranked coming in and now that the heart scare is behind him, I feel the sky is the limit. Could be just me, but thats how I see us entering the season
Lou, I'd like to hear your thoughts on the RG position. Does hanratty win that job and keep Lombard outside or when stanely is healthy does he kick Lombard inside and take the RT position?
We did a feature earlier this week with Harry Hiestand on this topics and he indicated it is too early at this point to make that judgment, mainly because Ronnie Stanley has not been able to do contact work while recovering from elbow surgery, so it's not like they can liberally insert Lombard at RG and see if Stanley at RT would be the fifth best lineman.
This is going to be determined much more in August camp, not during the spring.
Or as Scott 24105 indicated, if Hegarty continues his progress physically and mentally, he conceivably could become the No. 1 center and shift Nick Martin to No. 1 right guard. Or it could stay the way it is now. Your questions will not be answered in the spring alone. It's about finding the five best linemen and then plugging them in. With the health issues that Stanley and Hegarty had to go through, it would be premature at this point to see who will be the fifth guy starting in the line.
Pretty amazing the Martin family will have 2 kids starting on ND's OL.
I'm curious to see how Hegarty develops as well, just so hard to believe a kid could be a D1 OL while only having the lung capacity of 80%. Now at 100% and simply developing his body in S&C, seems he would be primed to contribute.
The last set of brothers I recall starting for Notre Dame was early in 1990, when Tony Brooks was the co-starter with Ricky Watters at tailback and Reggie Brooks was the starting cornerback on the boundary side of the field before he eventually shifted back to tailback his last two seasons.
Other brother combinations I recall as starters over the last 40 years.
• Dave and Tim Huffman started the last nine games of 1978 at center and guard, respectively.
• Ross and Jim Browner from 1975-77. Ross starred at defensive end, and Jim started the opener at fullback as a 1975 freshman before starting at strong safety in 1976 and 1977.
• Mike and Willie Townsend in 1972. Mike led the nation in interceptions with 10 at safety, while Willie's 25 catches at split end paced the offense. The next year Mike switched to corner and was a tri-captain for the national champs, while Willie played behind Pete Demmerle.
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