Blocker of the year — with whatever body part he can use
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive line is very, very good. They were a LOT better when Jarrett Patterson wasn’t injured and Tommy Kraemer was a full health — but they are still pretty good. PFF, which seems to be the go to for sports writers, recently named four of Notre Dame’s offensive lineman to its All-ACC team — but none of those four were named named, Liam Eichenberg.
Notre Dame’s OL is on another level pic.twitter.com/uQE6B4toa5
— PFF College (@PFF_College) December 22, 2020
So, of course Eichenberg is awarded the Jacobs Blocking Trophy for the best blocker in the ACC.
Per a press release from Notre Dame:
Eichenberg Wins ACC’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy
NOTRE DAME, Indiana — Notre Dame graduate student offensive lineman Liam Eichenberg was named the winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, which has been awarded annually since 1953 to the most outstanding blocker in the ACC, selected by a poll of the league’s head coaches and defensive coordinators. The trophy is given in memory of William P. Jacobs, who served as president of Presbyterian College from 1935 to 1945.
With 38-career starts, Eichenberg ties for the most on Notre Dame’s offensive line, and has also earned an AP All-ACC first team selection. The Fighting Irish lead the ACC and rank eighth in the FBS in time of possession, controlling the ball for 33:57 minutes of game time. Behind its powerful offensive line, which has been named a finalist for the Joe Moore Award, Notre Dame won the time of possession battle in 10-of-11 games this season. The 33:57 time of possession average leads the ACC by more than two minutes per game.
On the game’s biggest downs, the Notre Dame offensive line shines its brightest, helping move the chains at a high level on third down. The Irish lead the ACC and rank ninth in the FBS in third down conversion percentage with a remarkable 49.3 success rate.
Eichenberg has twice been honored as ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week, joining three other Irish O-Lineman who earned the distinction. Out of 10 regular season games, the Irish offensive line has been honored following five games. In addition to his two ACC weekly honors, Eichenberg has been named a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy.
The Notre Dame offensive line has paved the way for a 1,000 yard rusher in redshirt freshman Kyren Williams, who has collected 1,061 rushing yards through 11 games. Additionally, Notre Dame had two other players rush for 400+ yards in freshman running back Chris Tyree with 480 yards and graduate student quarterback Ian Book with 430 yards. As a unit, the Irish rank third in the ACC and 21st nationally in rushing offense (217.6 ypg).