The following pair of releases were provided courtesy Notre Dame athletics:
Former University of Notre Dame offensive tackle Sam Young became
the third Fighting Irish football member to be drafted in the 2010 NFL Draft
and the first Notre Dame player to hear his name announced Saturday. Young
was selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the 179th overall pick and the 10th
selection of the sixth round.
Young started more games at Notre Dame than any other player in the
program’s history. He became the first player to ever start 50 games in his
career and also set the school record with 50 consecutive starts. He is the
only Notre Dame offensive lineman to start every game since his freshman
Young started 40 games in his Notre Dame career at right tackle and
opened 10 contests at left tackle. He is the only Notre Dame offensive
lineman in school history to ever start on the offensive line for two
different 3,000-yard passers (Brady Quinn in 2006 and Jimmy Clausen in 2008
As a senior, Young started all 12 games at right tackle and allowed only two
sacks in over 450 pass attempts. He blocked for Clausen has he passed for
3,722 yards with 28 touchdowns and Young was named to the Outland Trophy
watch list and Lombardi Award watch list prior to the start of the season.
The Coral Springs, Fla., native is set to graduate from Notre Dame this May
with a degree in management-entrepreneurship from the Mendoza College of
Olsen to Broncos
Former University of Notre Dame offensive lineman Eric Olsen was
selected by the Denver Broncos with the 14th pick of the sixth round and
183rd selection overall Saturday at the 2010 NFL Draft.
Olsen becomes the sixth former Irish offensive lineman drafted in the last
five drafts (Dan Stevenson, New England, 2006; Ryan Harris, Denver, 2007;
Dan Santucci, Cincinnati, 2007; John Sullivan, Minnesota, 2008; Sam Young,
Olsen started 31 consecutive games to close his Notre Dame career and
started at all three interior positions on the offensive line during his
career. Olsen opened six games as the starter at right guard as a sophomore,
started all 13 games at left guard as a junior and all 12 games at center in
As a senior, Olsen was voted one of four team captains by his teammates and
served as co-captain of the offense along with quarterback Jimmy Clausen.
Olsen was tabbed third-team All-America by Sporting News after the season
after moving to center during training camp.
He registered more snaps than
any Irish offensive player and graded out the best of all linemen. At the
season-ending banquet, Olsen was presented the Guardian of the Year award,
acknowledging him as Notre Dame’s top offensive lineman.
He allowed only one
sack in 2009 in over 450 pass attempts and blocked for Clausen as he
recorded one of the best passing seasons in nation in 2009. Olsen helped
improve the Irish rushing attack as Notre Dame running backs and wide
receivers combined to average 5.0 yards per carry, an increase from 4.1
yards per carry in 2008.
A native of Staten Island, N.Y., Olsen is set to graduate from Notre Dame's
College of Arts and Letters with a degree in art design this May.