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Moving along in our player profile series gets us to #71 Alex Bars.

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Alex Bars in a senior-to-be on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team. He is an offensive lineman from Nashville, Tennessee where he attended Montgomery Bell Academy. Bars stands at 6’6 and weighs in at 330 pounds. He is a returning starter to an offensive line that looks to be a strong suit in 2017.

In 2014 as a true freshman, Alex Bars spent his time on the scout team. He did not see any game action until 2015 when he appeared in 6 games. He started two of these games at left guard to replace the injured Quenton Nelson. His season was cut short in 2015 due to an ankle injury. This past season as a junior, Bars started all 12 games at right guard. The 2016 season did not go as planned, but Bars gained game experience and has eligibility through 2018.

Three Things To Know About Alex Bars:

  1. He has a family background in football, with his dad playing at Notre Dame in the 1980s and brothers who have played at Penn State and Michigan.
  2. Alex Bars was a top-notch recruit, ranking in the top 100 in the ESPN, CBS Sports, and Rivals rankings.
  3. He is a prime candidate to take a fifth year in 2018 as he redshirted as a freshman.

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Alex “No Escaping” Bars.

2017 Season Outlook:

There is no hiding the fact that the offensive line did not perform well in 2016. For Notre Dame to have a drastic turnaround in 2017, the offensive line will have to take a huge step forward. The line will be anchored by Mike McGlinchey and Quenton Nelson. Alex Bars is right behind them when it comes to being the most talented. All three of these guys will be looked at as leaders and will be depended on on the field. With first year starting quarterback Brandon Wimbush set to take over, the offensive line will be even more important. There will be times this year that the running game needs to win a game for the Irish. Alex Bars is one of the many talents on the line and I will expect him and the whole unit to be up for the challenge.