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SOPHOMORE SEASON (2015): Appeared in six games and made two starts at left guard in place of an injured Quenton Nelson before an ankle injury suffered against rival USC ended his season...starts came against Navy (Oct. 10) and USC (Oct. 17)...part of an offensive line that helped the Irish average 5.63 rushing yards per carry (eighth-best in the FBS) -- a modern (post WWII) school record...Notre Dame ranked 27th nationally in total offense, averaging 466.4 yards per game, its third-best mark since setting a school record in 1970 by averaging 510.5 yards per game...Notre Dame was one of 11 programs nationally to average 205 yards rushing and 250 yards passing per game in 2015 (Irish had not accomplished this feat since 1970)...Notre Dame averaged 207.6 rushing yards per game (28th in the FBS), the best rushing output since 2000, including six games with 200+ yards (Texas, Virginia, Georgia Tech, UMass, USC and Stanford)...paved the way for first-year RB C.J. Prosise, who rushed for 1,032 yards (second-fewest carries needed to reach 1,000 yards) and recorded the 18th 1,000-yard rushing season in school history, and freshman RB Josh Adams, who set a freshman single-season school record with 835 yards rushing...blocked for an Irish rushing attack that recorded 457 yards vs. UMass (Sept. 26) -- the best single-game rushing total by Notre Dame in 23 years.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2014): One of four freshman offensive linemen who spent the season on the scout team and did not see the field ... joined Quenton Nelson, Jimmy Byrne and Sam Mustipher as rookies who helped the Irish on their offensive scout team.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Second-team offensive lineman on USA Today All-USA prep All-America squad for 2013 ... ranked as 76th best player nationally by ESPN, 98th by, 99th by Tom Lemming/CBS Sports, 154th by 247Sports and 202nd by ... won Rotary Lombardi Chip Off the Old Block Award for South region as nation's top high school lineman in seven regions and states ... led Montgomery Bell Academy to Tennessee Division II-AA semifinals in 2013 and 10-2 record ... first-team Tennessee Class II-AA all-state pick by Tennessee Sports Writers Association ... one of three Division II-AA lineman finalists for Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards presented to top 10 backs and linemen in five classifications of Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association ... standout at offensive and defensive tackle for Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tennessee ... first-team All-Midstate offensive linemen for 2013 by Nashville Tennessean ... ranked number five on Nashville Tennessean Dandy Dozen 2013 preseason team ... played in Under Armour High School All-America Game ... played basketball, competed in shot put in track and played saxophone in band ... father, Joe, played linebacker and made 29 career tackles for Irish from 1981-84 and was part of coach Gerry Faust's first Notre Dame recruiting class ... brother, Brad, played defensive end at Penn State (2010-14) and brother, Blake, is redshirt junior offensive lineman at Michigan for 2015 ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business.


Alex Bars
Alex  Bars


Nashville, TN

High School:
Montgomery Bell Academy

Height / Weight:
6-6 1/8 / 312

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