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.
#75 Josh Lugg
Josh Lugg is a 6’7”, 308-pound, sophomore offensive lineman from Pennsylvania currently slated to be potentially the first man in at the guard position this season.
Thanks to his length and height, Lugg ultimately projects to end up at tackle, but due to the emergence of Robert Hainsey and Liam Eichenberg as the current choices at the tackle spots, Lugg’s talent has forced the coaching staff to cross-train him at guard, where he could very well see the field sooner rather than later, especially with Alex Bars set to graduate after this season. Lugg could very well be the starting left guard in 2019 and then slide to tackle in 2020, depending on how the rest of the line shakes out.
3 Things To Know About Josh Lugg
- Lugg was a big-time get for Notre Dame in the class of 2017. He was ranked the #121 overall player in his class and #5 player in Pennsylvania by 247sports, and was an Army All-American. In his senior season at North Allegheny Senior, the team ran for 3,303 yards and 50 TDs behind the offensive line of which Lugg was the standout leader
- Lugg redshirted in 2017, preserving a season of eligibility as he developed behind one of the better offensive lines in Notre Dame football history. Coach Brian Kelly has mentioned him multiple times as a standout who is ready to play this season
- Josh’s brother Jake appears to be a strong offensive line recruit in the class of 2020. His 247sports recruiting profile lists interest in ND, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the Pittsburgh Panthers, and the Penn State Nittany Lions, with an offer already given to him by the Huskers. Hopefully he continues to develop as a prospect and can join his brother at ND in the same vein as the Martin brothers
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Just like India is still technically a “developing” country and economy, so too is Josh Lugg not yet a starting, proven power on the offensive line.
However, we all know the certainty that India will be incredibly important to the global economic landscape very, very soon, and I think that applies to Lugg as well. It’s clear he’s going to be a key cog in the ND offensive line machine soon enough, and it’s more a question of “when” than “if.”
I think Josh Lugg will end up starting at least a few games this year, either due to someone like Liam Eichenberg not performing as expected or due to injuries forcing him into action. Either way, I think he’s big and talented enough to hold his own in his first season of action, and think we will all get flashes of a guy who will become an NFL Draft pick down the line.