2020-21 Football Roster
#72 Robert Hainsey
Height 6-4 5/8
Hometown Pittsburgh, PA
High School IMG Academy (FL)
HONORS & AWARDS
- Team captain (2019 & 2020)
- William V. Campbell Trophy Nominee (2020)
- ACC co-Offensive Lineman of the Week (2020 Week 2 vs. South Florida)
- Notre Dame Offensive Lineman of the Year (2019)
- Pro Football Focus National Offensive Team of The Week (2019 Week 5 vs. Virginia)
- Joe Moore Award Midseason Honor Roll (Offensive Line – 2019)
- Joe Moore Award Winner (Offensive Line – 2017)
SENIOR SEASON (2020)
- DUKE: Started in the season-opening win over Duke (9/12). With the performance in the season opener, the Irish ranked first in the ACC (and 11th among all FBS teams) in tackles for loss allowed. Notre Dame succumbed to just five TFL; the Irish took home Pro Football Focus’ Offensive Line of the Week award after the season-opener vs. Duke, producing the highest-combined pass-block grade of any offensive line that week; named ACC co-Offensive Lineman of the week for his performance vs. South Florida.
- SOUTH FLORIDA: Started in the 52-0 win vs. South Florida (9/19) for an offensive line that allowed zero sacks on Irish quarterbacks and paved the way for six rushing touchdowns, the ACC’s most in a single game at that point in the season. With its performance, the O-Line was Pro Football Focus’ top-rated offensive line of the week for the second week in a row; Notre Dame’s 281 rushing yards were the most by any ACC team that week, and only one ACC team had posted more rushing yards in a single game previously that season. The 6.2 yards-per-rush by Notre Dame vs. South Florida ranked as the most that week and second-most in a single game that season at that point; Notre Dame posted 16 rushing first downs vs. South Florida, the most in a single game at that point in the season by any ACC team. The Irish converted both fourth-down attempts vs. South Florida.
- FLORIDA STATE: Started for an O-Line that allowed zero sacks, paved the way for 353 yards rushing, four rushing TDs, totaling 554 yards of total offense in the win vs. Florida State (10/10); the Irish rushed for 353 yards total, with two different players reaching the 100-yard mark. Prior to the contest, Florida State had allowed just 141.3 rushing yards per game; the last time Notre Dame had two players with more than 100 yards rushing in a game was in 2017 vs. Southern Cal (Josh Adams and Brandon Wimbush), and the last time the Irish posted more than 300 yards rushing was in 2019, also against Southern Cal; Notre Dame averaged 8.4 yards-per-carry vs. Florida State, the third-highest single-game figure in the ACC this season.
- LOUISVILLE: Entering the game, Louisville had allowed just 156.8 rushing yards per game. Notre Dame rushed for 232 rushing yards, earning Kyren Williams his third 100-yard performance of the season. In the win, the offense held the ball for a whopping 36:15, including an impressive 7:55, 57-yard drive to finish out the fourth quarter and preserve the win. In all, the Irish had seven offensive drives on the day, and four of those drives took five minutes or more off the clock.
- PITTSBURGH: Started for an O-Line that paved the way for 434 yards of total offense and 115 rushing yards (two rushing TDs) in the 45-3 win at Pitt (10/24). Notre Dame’s 115 rushing yards were the second-most Pittsburgh has given up in a game this season. Entering the game, the Panthers allowed just 61.5 yards per game, the ACC’s best rushing defense. Notre Dame’s two rushing touchdowns against Pitt marked the first time the Panthers have allowed multiple rushing touchdowns in a single game since October 5, 2019 vs. Duke.The Irish held control of the ball for 40:59 minutes of possession time, the most by an ACC team in a single game this season, and fifth-most in a single game among all FBS teams this season.
- GEORGIA TECH: Started for an O-Line that helped the Irish post 227 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in the 31-13 win at Georgia Tech (10/31), climbing to second in the ACC in rushing offense (231.0 yards per game). Notre Dame ties for the lead in the conference in fewest sacks allowed with just 11 total. Entering the game, Notre Dame was averaging 34:11 time of possession, a figure which led the ACC. At Georgia Tech, the Irish posted 36:54 minutes, controlling the ball for 12:13 in the first quarter alone. It marks the third-consecutive game in which the Irish have controlled the ball for more than 36 minutes. At Georgia Tech, Notre Dame was 10-of-15 on third downs. Entering the day, the Irish led the ACC in third-down conversion rate at 52.2. Hainsey earned a 91.2 offensive grade, per Pro Football Focus, posting ratings of 84.9 or higher in pass, pass blocking and run blocking.
- CLEMSON: Started for an offensive line that paved way for 518 yards of total offense (208 rushing with three touchdowns, 310 passing with one touchdown) in the 47-40 2OT win over then-No.1 Clemson. Entering the game, Notre Dame was averaging 34:11 time of possession, a figure which led the ACC. The Irish have now won the time of possession battle in six of seven games this season, posting 30:22 minutes that day. The Irish posted 208 rushing yards against Clemson, which, entering the game, had allowed just 99.9 rushing yards per game. Notre Dame’s three rushing touchdowns doubled Clemson’s season total of rushing touchdowns allowed (was three entering the weekend, after totals six). The line made it possible for Ian Book to pass for 310 yards against the ACC’s then-second-ranked passing defense, as Clemson entered the day allowing 174.9 passing yards per game.
- BOSTON COLLEGE: Started for an offensive line that paved the way for 561 yards of total offense (278 rushing with three touchdowns, 283 passing with three touchdowns and zero sacks) and 34:27 time of possession in the 45-31 win at Boston College (11/14). Boston College entered the game allowing 373.0 yards of offense per game. Through the first half alone, the Irish racked up 327 yards, and ended the day with 561 yards. Notre Dame’s 561 yards of offense at Boston College were the most this season for Notre Dame, and the most by an Irish team since their 573 vs. Bowling Green in 2019. The offensive line allowed zero sacks on the day facing a Boston College defense that entered the day averaging 2.75 sacks per game on opposing QBs. Notre Dame continues to lead the ACC in third-down conversions, executing successfully at a 54.1 percent rate.
JUNIOR SEASON (2019)
- Started the first eight games before suffering a season-ending injury against Virginia Tech
- Did not allow a sack on 423 snaps (252 pass plays), conceding just two QB hits and six QB hurries
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2018)
- Started all 13 games
FRESHMAN SEASON (2017)
- Saw action in all 13 games and started one contest (vs. LSU) at right tackle
- Part of the offensive line that paved the way for the seventh-ranked rushing offense in the FBS (269.3 rush yards/game)–Notre Dame has not ranked higher in the FBS since 1995
- Helped Notre Dame set the modern single-game record for rush yards per carry vs. Boston College on Sept. 16, 2017 as the Irish averaged 10.1 yards per rush and totaled 515 yards against the Eagles (previous record of 10.0 yards per rush had stood for 75 years)
- Helped Notre Dame rush for a single-season school record 3,503 yards in 2017 (previous school record of 3,502 yards was set in 1973)
- Helped the Irish set the single-season record for rush yards per carry in 2017 as Notre Dame averaged 6.3 yards per rush, which not only bested the previous modern-day mark of 5.63—set just two years ago in 2015—but also topped the previous school record of 6.2, which was set in 1921 (96 years ago)
- Helped Notre Dame rush for 35 touchdowns in 2017, which was the most by the Irish since 1993
- Helped Notre Dame rank 27th in the FBS in total offense in 2017–the Irish have not ranked higher in the FBS since 2009
- Helped Notre Dame rank 24th in the FBS in scoring offense (34.2 points per game)–the Irish have not ranked higher in the FBS since 2006
- Blocked for an offensive line that helped Notre Dame lead the FBS with nine runs of at least 60 yards in 2017
- Part of Notre Dame’s offensive line that won the Joe Moore Award–presented by the Foundation for Teamwork, the award is given annually the “toughest, most physical offensive line in the country”
- Helped Notre Dame run for over 300 yards seven times in 2017 (the Irish eclipsed 300 yards rushing seven times over the previous 17 years combined)
- Helped Notre Dame rank among the top three nationally in runs of at least 20 yards (third, 42), 30 yards (first 28), 40 yards (third, 15), 50 yards (third, 11), 60 yards (first, nine) and 70 yards (second, four)
- Helped Notre Dame rank third in the FBS in yards per carry (6.3) and second in the FBS in yards per carry vs. FBS teams with a winning record (6.1)
- Helped Notre Dame rank 15th in the FBS in rushing TDs (35), and tops in the FBS in both rushing TDs vs. ranked opponents (11) and rushing TDs vs. FBS teams with a winning record (28)
- Helped Notre Dame record seven different players register a rush of at least 30 yards
- Helped Notre Dame have four different players rush for at least 100 yards
- Helped Notre Dame record 13 separate 100-yard rushing games
- Helped Notre Dame register 22 carries that netted at least 35 yards
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA
- Enrolled at Notre Dame in January 2017
- Powerful offensive line prospect from Florida powerhouse IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida
- Helped IMG Academy to a No. 3 final national ranking by MaxPreps Xcellent 25
- IMG Academy finished the season 11-0 and outscored its opponents, 401-104
- Named 2016 American Family Insurance First Team ALL-USA Virginia
- One of two offensive guards named to the Florida Times-Union Super 75
- No. 129-ranked overall player and No. 14 offensive tackle by Scout.com
- No. 81-ranked overall player and No. 5 offensive guard by 247Sports.com
- No. 31-ranked overall player and No. 1 offensive guard by ESPN.com
- No. 108-ranked overall player and No. 11 offensive tackle by Rivals.com
- Florida’s No. 17-ranked player by Scout.com, No. 15-ranked player by 247Sports, No. 7-ranked player by ESPN and No. 21-ranked player by Rivals
- No. 96-ranked overall player and No. 18-ranked offensive lineman by Tom Lemming’s Prep Football Report
- Four-star member of the PrepStar Top 300 Dream Team, ranked as the No. 68 player in the class of 2017 and the No. 4 offensive guard
- Played for coach Kevin Wright at IMG Academy
- Selected to participate in the 2016 Under Armour All-American Game in St. Petersburg, Florida
- Chosen to participate in the 2016 Nike “The Opening” in Beaverton, Oregon
- Enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in finance