NOTRE DAME, Indiana — On the heels of his selection as winner of the ACC’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy for the top blocker in the conference, Notre Dame graduate student offensive lineman Liam Eichenberg has been named one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, which honors the nation’s top interior offensive lineman.
Eichenberg, who took home the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the ACC’s top offensive lineman, is Notre Dame’s first finalist since Quenton Nelson in 2017. Three Notre Dame student-athletes have won the Outland Trophy: defensive end Ross Browner (1976), guard Bill Fischer (1948) and tackle George Connor (1946).
With 38-career starts, Eichenberg ties for the most on Notre Dame’s offensive line, and has also earned an AP All-ACC first team selection. The Fighting Irish lead the ACC and rank eighth in the FBS in time of possession, controlling the ball for 33:57 minutes of game time. Behind its powerful offensive line, which has been named a finalist for the Joe Moore Award, Notre Dame won the time of possession battle in 10-of-11 games this season. The 33:57 time of possession average leads the ACC by more than two minutes per game.
On the game’s biggest downs, the Notre Dame offensive line shines its brightest, helping move the chains at a high level on third down. The Irish lead the ACC and rank ninth in the FBS in third down conversion percentage with a remarkable 49.3 success rate.
Eichenberg has twice been honored as ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week, joining three other Irish O-Lineman who earned the distinction. Out of 10 regular season games, the Irish offensive line has been honored following five games..
The Notre Dame offensive line has paved the way for a 1,000 yard rusher in redshirt freshman Kyren Williams, who has collected 1,061 rushing yards through 11 games. Additionally, Notre Dame had two other players rush for 400+ yards in freshman running back Chris Tyree with 480 yards and graduate student quarterback Ian Book with 430 yards. As a unit, the Irish rank third in the ACC and 21st nationally in rushing offense (217.6 ypg).