Notre Dame’s rookie starting LT already has experience against top Michigan DL


SOUTH BEND — The good thing about the new guy playing left tackle for Notre Dame is that he has experience against Rashan Gary. Yes, junior Liam Eichenberg, the rookie starter replacing Mike McGlinchey this season, knows Michigan’s future first round defensive lineman because he played against him in high school.

In 2014, Eichenberg was a junior at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio. That September, the football team took a bus more than 450 miles to play Paramus Catholic in New Jersey, a school that has produced notable talent such as former Michigan star and current Cleveland Browns safety Jabrill Peppers, and won three state championships since 2012. Adam Rini, Saint Ignatius offensive line coach and longtime Eichenberg mentor, remembers three things about the game: The temperature was something like 100 degrees, his team won 37-31 in double overtime, and Eichenberg vs. Gary was the “main event.”

“It was like two gladiators battling against each other every single play,” Rini said.

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