CULVER, Ind. (AP) This small town in northern Indiana annually produces two things when the calendar turns to August: Corn and Notre Dame offensive linemen.
Where sports icons Roger Penske and George Steinbrenner once marched as students, the Culver Academies are where Irish coach Brian Kelly witnessed assistant coach Harry Hiestand seed, nurture and harvest future NFL first-round linemen.
Following Notre Dame's 10-3 season, during which the offensive line won the first Joe Moore Award, Hiestand left for the Chicago Bears. The left side of that unit went in the first round of the NFL Draft - guard Quenton Nelson sixth by the Indianapolis Colts and tackle Mike McGlinchey ninth by the San Francisco 49ers.