Blue and Gold Illustrated

August 2016

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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"He's an offensive lineman with a defensive mentality." Notre Dame offensive line coach Harry Hiestand has had his own ide- als about how to utilize Mustipher's skill set. Beginning with the Music City Bowl preparations for LSU dur- ing Mustipher's freshman season in 2014 — in which he redshirted — he began to audition at center and was soon groomed to be Martin's heir. His 2015 sophomore campaign in which he took 40 snaps served as an apprenticeship. "Probably just having to snap the ball and play football," Mustipher said when asked what the primary adjustment was. "You're definitely closer to the defensive linemen than you are at guard, so you have to Mustipher seized the starting role at center from day one this spring and progressed impressively. PHOTO BY ANDREW IVINS

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