Young to Dallas; Olsen to Denver

Sam Young at the NFL Draft Combine

Former Irish offensive tackle Sam Young was drafted 179th overall by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth-round of the NFL Draft Saturday. Classmate Eric Olsen was nabbed four picks later by the Denver Broncos.

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 season.

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 and 2009).

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 Business.

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, Dallas, 2010).

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 2009.

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.

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