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This Guy Plays Notre Dame Football: #72 Robert Hainsey, Tackle

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NCAA Football: Southern California at Notre Dame Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

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 2020 season.

#72 Robert Hainsey, OT

Hainsey is entering his final year of eligibility after playing in 34 games over the last three years, starting the last 22 of those. What is incredibly impressive is that the 6’5 295 pounder played in all 13 games as a true Freshman (while pretty much being a starter). It cannot be stated how impressive playing as a true freshman along the line is, just on strength alone. He came in highly touted, with a consensus 4 star rating and playing at one of the premiere programs in the country in IMG Academy. He was a captain in 2019, though was sidelined after 8 games with a broken ankle. Even with missing the final 5 games, he was voted the teams most outstanding offensive lineman. He looks to be a full go in the Fall as he was full go entering Spring Practice (RIP in peace). The ceiling for the offensive line is incredibly high this year, and Hainsey is the anchor and wiley vet of the group.

Sprit Animal

Tomahawk Steak

Hainsey seems like a big eater and guy who could be happy with a FAT steak, cooked medium rare being washed down with a crisp, refreshing Yuengling. I am assuming he is a fan as are most folks from PA.

2020 Outlook

Hainsey heads into 2020 as one of the top offensive tackles in the country and will anchor a line that could be one of the best, if not the best in the country (shoutout Liam Eichenberg, Tommy Kraemer, Aaron Banks, and Jarrett Patterson). The value in returning the entire line cannot be understated, especially as ND looks to compete with the likes of Clemson, Wisconsin, and USC. Hainsey’s leadership along with experience should help “pave the way” (get it) for an incredibly proficient line and improved rushing attack in 2020. This will be followed by hearing his name selected in the NFL draft in 2021.

Also, shoutout this mans athleticism.

Exhibit A.

Exhibit B.