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This Guy Plays Notre Dame Football: #71 John Olmstead, OL

Conditioning will be key for this dedicated freshman.


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.

#71 John Olmstead, OL

This early St. Joseph High School grad stands out in a crowd at 6’4” and 280 pounds, and is sure to make a name for himself with the Fighting Irish. John Olmstead of North Brunswick, New Jersey made the ranks as the no. 16 tackle in the country. Brian Kelly plans to shift Olmstead to the inside, as he believes Olmstead’s size and athleticism would make him an impactful guard.

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It’s a T Swift track for Olmstead. The transition to the college game is intimidating for any player, but Olmstead has a distinct set of adjustments ahead of him. He may face more than other players at his stage, but he IS ready for it.

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This freshman pup is a bulldog, without a doubt. He’ll be a tough guard dog for the Irish as he prepares and grows.

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2019 Outlook

Brian Kelly plans to emphasize Olmstead’s weight training routine. Kelly explained Olmstead “could use some added upper-body strength to balance out his pass blocking.” Not all players have to adjust to college, a new team AND a new position. However, Olmstead has shown his dedication to Notre Dame since he began his recruiting process; this will definitely drive him through these transitions. Olmstead has the potential to make the same successful transition from high school offensive tackle to college guard as Quenton Nelson.