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Marshall Offensive Guard Cain Madden Transfers to Notre Dame

The All-American had 64 knockdown blocks and was the No. 1 guard and best run blocker among FBS guards by Pro Football Focus in 2021.
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Marshall offensive guard Cain Madden will transfer to Notre Dame for his sixth season, he announced Friday on Twitter.

The 6-foot-3, 313 lb former walk-on chose the Fighting Irish over Florida State. In his senior season, he earned All-American status with 64 knockdown blocks and graded out as the No. 1 guard and best run blocker among FBS guards by Pro Football Focus. Madden ranks as PFF's No. 2 returning interior offensive lineman, which is two spots ahead of Irish senior Jarrett Patterson.

“In 2020, he allowed just six total pressures, none of which were sacks or hits, on over 270 pass-blocking snaps,” PFF’s Anthony Treash wrote. “As for his run blocking, it wasn’t until this past year that we saw Madden perform at an extremely high level. He finished the season leading all FBS guards in negatively graded run-block rate en route to a 93.0 run-blocking grade.”

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Where Madden Fits

Madden will bring plenty of experience to a depleted Irish offensive line that lost four starters, including three to the NFL Draft. At the end of spring drills, freshmen Blake Fisher (left tackle) and Rocco Spindler (left guard), grad senior Josh Lugg (right tackle), junior Zeke Correll (center), and Patterson emerged as starters. The Irish will likely have Lugg and Fisher on the outside, while Madden, Patterson, and Correll will occupy the interior.

Another Possible Transfer

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has now landed two highly sought-after transfers with Madden and Wisconsin quarterback Jack Coan. The Irish are expected to have Coan start behind center after three-year starter Ian Book graduated and was selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. Kelly might add another transfer with Tulsa defensive back Akayleb Evans, who visited South Bend this week.