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This Guys Plays Notre Dame Football: #82 Nic “Dad Body” Weishar

Player profiles continue with the most lovable dad-bod Notre Dame has seen in years

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a roster full of players, and we want to talk about all of them. One Foot Down’s player profile series will take a look at every single one of them, and hopefully we all learn a little bit more about these guys, and Notre Dame’s chances for the upcoming 2018 season.

#82 Nic Weishar

Nic Weishar is a senior reserve tight end for the Fighting Irish who’s spent his first three years at ND developing into a solid blocker and receiver who can come in and make some plays in the passing game when called upon.

He’s likely behind fellow senior Alizé Mack — and potentially sophomore Cole Kmet — on the depth chart, but don’t be surprised to see Weishar get some time this season, just as he did in his first three seasons. He caught 6 passes for 66 yards during his freshman and sophomore years, and then snagged himself 9 catches for 52 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2017, including a tough TD catch in traffic in the season opener against Temple.

3 Things To Know About Nic Weishar

  1. Nic Weishar made the Wuerffel Trophy watch list last season for all his work he’s done for his family’s foundation in his brother’s name, the Andrew Weishar Foundation. The Wuerffel Trophy is an award given annually to the college football player “who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement,” and with everything Nic does, it’s easy to see why he made that watch list.
  2. Weishar was a 4-star tight end recruit when he signed with the Irish back in 2014, and also held offers from the Ohio State Buckeyes, Oklahoma Sooners, Arkansas Razorbacks, Iowa Hawkeyes, Michigan Wolverines, Tennessee Volunteers, Wisconsin Badgers, and a number of other Power-5 conference schools. He was an Army All-American and a 1st-team selection on both the MaxPreps and Parade All-American teams, and is the all-time leading receiver in Illinois high school football history with 237 catches. He’s also 8th all-time in receiving yards with 3,050 in his career.
  3. Nic has a nickname/reputation amongst the ND tight ends — that he has a “Dad Body” — and One Foot Down’s own Joshua Vowles got him talkin’ about it after a game last season:

Posted by One Foot Down - For Notre Dame Fighting Irish fans on Saturday, September 2, 2017

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If you ever needed a 3-minute video that will make you absolutely love and root for an ND player, this video about Nic is absolutely that:

Country, Condiment, or Canon

Identifying the player as either a country, condiment, or member of the Star Wars Canon.

Uncle Owen Lars (Luke Skywalker’s uncle).

DAD BODY LET’S GOOOOOOOO.

That veteran presence that Skywalker needs

2018 Forecast

I think Nic Weishar will continue to do what he did in 2017, which is to say that he will get a fair amount of playing time, catch himself a couple of red zone TDs, and provide some solid blocking in the run game. Mack and Kmet will probably get more action overall, but Weishar is valuable as a mature, veteran, reliable presence at tight end and will have a nice final collegiate season in 2018.