And so begins another round of “This Guy Plays Notre Dame Football” here on OFD. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a roster full of players, and we want to talk about them all. 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 2019 season.
#60 Cole Mabry, Offensive Tackle
Cole Mabry committed to the Notre Dame football program during February of his junior year in 2017, choosing the Irish over offers from the Cincinnati Bearcats, Indiana Hoosiers, Memphis Tigers, and Colorado State Rams.
The three-star tackle prospect from Brentwood, Tennessee was 6’6” and 275 pounds, clearly having the frame and athleticism to be a good tackle, if developed correctly by a college staff both in the weight room and on the field. After enrolling in June 2018, he spent his freshman season not seeing the field (4 years of eligibility remaining!) and focusing on building out his body to be a potential contributor at tackle.
As of this season, it looks like he could be Liam Eichenberg’s backup at left tackle, and thus could end up seeing the field at some point if things were to go south in one respect or another.
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Mabry was a project offensive tackle prospect who now looks like he could truly finish his career with the Irish as a contributor. ND taking him in the class of 2018 speaks volumes as to the offensive line development the Irish have been able to muster over recent years — they take guys like Mabry simply because they can (and can make guys like him into proper mauling machines up front).
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Leonbergers are large, muscular, and elegant, which is exactly what I think of when I imagine Cole Mabry starting at left tackle down the line. Dude has the tools, he just needs time to really hone them.
As I stated above, Mabry looks like he’s in the conversation for the two-deep, specifically as Eichenberg’s backup at left tackle. If that’s truly the case, that means Mabry has made some solid strides physically in order to be in a position to seize a two-deep spot.
With that said, I wouldn’t expect to see much from Mabry in 2019, and if we do, it’s probably not a good thing (i.e. he’s still probably a year away from being ready to truly handle the rigors of playing tackle at this level). For now, expect Mabry to provide some solid depth at tackle, continue to build out his physical tools, and prepare himself well for a potential big-contribution season in 2020.
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I think with a little more time, Mabry is going to be a very good tackle and a guy who can bridge the gap between Eichenberg and some of the big-time tackles that Jeff Quinn has landed in the next couple incoming recruiting classes.