UND Roster

2018-19 Football Roster

#53 Sam Mustipher

Offensive Line

Height 6'3''
Weight 306 lbs.
Class Graduate Student
Hometown Owings Mills, MD
High School Good Counsel


  • Captain (2018)
  • Rimington Award Watch List (2018, 2017)
  • Outland Trophy Watch List (2018)
  • First Team CoSIDA Academic All-District (2017)


  • Started all 12 games at center
  • Made his 36th consecutive start against USC


  • Started all 13 games at center
  • Did not surrender a sack or quarterback hit and yielded just six quarterback hurries in 889 offensive snaps
  • Seventh highest-rated center in terms of run blocking in the country by Pro Football Focus (8.9)
  • 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
  • Leader 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
  • Helped the Irish run for 318 yards, including 182 in the second half, against NC State, which entered the contest as the No. 6-ranked rushing defense in the country allowing just 91.3 yards/game (Notre Dame’s total almost tripled the previous high by a Wolfpack opponent, 133)


  • Started all 12 games at center
  • Helped running back Josh Adams run for over 100 yards four times (Nevada, Syracuse, Virginia Tech and USC), including a career-best 180 yards at rival USC (Nov. 26)
  • Part of the offensive line that paved the way for 417.6 total yards per game


  • Played in nine games on special teams and as a reserve offensive lineman
  • Saw action against Texas (Sept. 5), Georgia Tech (Sept. 19), UMass (Sept. 26), Navy (Oct. 10), USC (Oct. 17), Temple (Oct. 31), Pittsburgh (Nov. 7), Wake Forest (Nov. 14) and Boston College (Nov. 21)


  • One of four freshman offensive linemen who spent the season on scout team and did not see the field
  • Joined Quenton Nelson, Jimmy Byrne and Alex Bars as rookies who helped the Irish on their offensive scout team


  • Rated 134th best player nationally by Scout.com and 203rd by Rivals.com
  • Named to 2013 Maryland consensus all-state squad on offensive line
  • Played on both offensive and defensive lines at Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland, helping Falcons finish 6-5 in 2013
  • First-team pick as offensive lineman on Washington Post All-Met squad for 2013
  • Named to Maryland Private School all-state squad as a senior
  • Named to USA Today American Family Insurance All-USA D.C. team for 2013
  • Montgomery Gazette first-team all-star selection for Montgomery County as both a junior and senior
  • First-team offensive lineman on Washington Catholic Athletic Conference all-league squad for 2013
  • All-Northeast Region preseason pick for 2013
  • Second-team Washington Post All-Met pick as a junior in 2012 as he helped top-ranked Falcons rush for 2,374 yards and capture fourth straight WCAC title
  • Anchored line that helped average 5.4 yards per rushing carry in 2012 and allow only 16 sacks
  • Named to MaxPreps U.S. Air Force Sophomore All-America first team for 2011 as defensive lineman
  • Played in Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Graduated in May 2018 with a degree in computer science from the College of Engineering