The most anonymous players on any football team are almost always the backup offensive linemen. For the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, that is the case for most fans. Even those that follow recruiting closely, tend to forget about a guy entering his third year without many snaps under his belt.
Of course, that changes very quickly once an injury happens.
Enter guard, Trevor Ruhland. Some of you know him, and some of you don’t. Perhaps that’s a good thing.
3 Things To Know About Trevor Ruhland
- Ruhland redshirted in 2015 as a freshmen, and enters the 2017 season with 3 years of eligibility.
- Ruhland was a consensus 3 star player coming out of high school, but he ranked inside the top 300 by both Tom Lemming and ESPN. His offers were from all over, but consisted mostly of midwest schools- primarily in the Big 10.
- He is currently enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business- which is important because he may end up being your boss one day, or the guy you groom to take over when you retire. Just another big offensive lineman with a brain.
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Tragic Trevor. Now, this title can definitley change, but if we are talking a whole lot about Ruhland in the coming 5 months, then something tragic just happened.
I fully expect another quiet year for Trevor Ruhland- and that’s okay. It really is. Trevor is not slated to be a starter and will back up both sides of the line with Quenton Nelson and Alex Bars.
This could also be a case of cross-training as the Irish now have a need for more reserves at center as well. In any case, Ruhland will still have 2 years of eligibility left after the 2017 season, and cans definitely still make a mark on the program.