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.
#75 Josh Lugg, OL
This offensive lineman is heading into his senior season with the Fighting Irish and finished his junior season with an 83.0 pass-block grade, according to Pro Football Focus. Lugg denied sacks on 263 pass blocks over the past season.
As a high schooler, Lugg represented the North Allegheny Senior High School Tigers in the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and ranked as the No. 15 offensive tackle in the country, according to 247 Sports.
Though coach Brian Kelly recognizes where Lugg can improve, he does know he can depend on the lineman in a jam. Kelly counted on Lugg to step up after injuries rocked the Irish line during the Michigan and Virginia Tech games.
On getting Lugg and Trevor Ruhland out there, Kelly explained, “We believe they can. Both of them are really good players. Lugg is a highly recruited player. His opportunity is now and we expect him to compete at a high level for us… I don’t think you can ever go and say these two guys were recruited on scholarship to Notre Dame. We can’t run the football because of that. We have to go in there with the confidence that these guys can get the job done.”
Josh Lugg’s spirit animal is Josh Nichols. He may not always have the spotlight, but he’s always there for his brother.
Lugg has proven his value in a tight spot, but did get a false start penalty on the first four of his starts. His experience coming off of the bench and as a starter in 2019 gives Notre Dame its “6th starter” returning along the offensive line. Irish fans can expect him to learn from the roadblocks of his junior year, and live up to Kelly’s confidence.
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