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This Guy Plays Notre Dame Football: #53 Sam Mustipher

Sam now becomes the CENTER of attention for our player profile series

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Sam Mustipher #53, a senior offensive lineman (Center) from Olney, MD, is next up for the player profile series. Sam has seen a lot of playing time, becoming the starting center for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as of last season. Sometimes, the center might not get a whole lot of attention, but Sam especially has. This is because he, among many other players, came under some scrutiny due to frustration in 2016. But, more on that later.

3 Things to Know About Sam Mustipher

  1. For my last 2 years at Notre Dame, Sam was a fellow Keough 4A resident. What up, Red Army!
  2. Sam was ranked the in the Top 150 list of players when he was recruited. That’s not too shabby at all for a guy who also is obviously academically qualified to be at Notre Dame (Sam majors in computer science).
  3. Sam, as the center, caught a little bit of heat. In the game against the N.C. State Wolfpack last season, almost everything went awry (we played that game in a hurricane, in case anyone forgot). Brian Kelly called out the snapping which he called “atrocious.” This led to a rift in the relationship between Kelly and the media, which led to an onslaught of criticism of Brian Kelly and how he was coaching. I believe Sam wasn’t fazed by it all, though.

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He’s #52 in this high school highlight video, and he lays down some pretty great blocks.

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Sam Mustipher: The Scintillating Senior Center

NCAA Football: Fiesta Bowl-Notre Dame vs Ohio State Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

2017 Forecast

As the starting center, Mustipher is continuing through his own process. With Parker Boudreaux having transferred, there really isn’t any competition for Sam to weather. He will be the center, and he will look to move through and learn from his already vast experience.

That situation with Kelly calling out him and other players seems to be water under the bridge. Frustrations were high last season, but Sam has been doing his job. Additionally, with more snaps involving Brandon Wimbush under center, that might help any past issues that occurred. I don’t foresee issues coming, as Sam can continue to fit into his role. He knows what he needs to do, and I see him succeeding even more this coming season.