Sam Mustipher, C, Notre Dame #53

6022, 305, 5.19

Notes: From Owings Mills, MD. Redshirted in 2014. Played in 9 games on special teams and as a reserve in 2015. Started all 12 games at center in 2016. Started all 13 games at center in 2017 and did not surrender a sack or a quarterback hit, with just 6 hurries, in 889 offensive snaps. Named one of three team captains heading into spring practices in 2018. Engineering student who has graduated with degree in computer science and plans to eventually pursue a career in cybersecurity.

Positives: Experienced. Tough, gritty, smart and productive. Makes the line calls and adjustments. Has gotten steadily better, with continued improvement of technique and strength. Very capable pulling, trapping and blocking in space.

Negatives: Average natural size and base strength. May struggle against elite, power-type nose tackles at times.

Summary: Solid, productive, technically-sound and all-around effective center.

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