Offensive Line (Guards and Centers)
Dave Borbely is in his fourth year as Notre Dame offensive line coach, after spending the previous three years as offensive line coach at Stanford. After working with the entire offensive line his first two years at Notre Dame, Borbely will concentrate on the guards and center for the second consecutive season.
Borbely's offensive line in 2000 experienced perhaps its most successful season since his tenure began as Notre Dame. Led by third-team All-American and third round draft pick (Chicago Bears) Mike Gandy and Baltimore Ravens free agent signee Jim Jones, the Irish ranked 14th in the nation in rushing, averaging 213.5 yards a game, and protected freshman quarterback Matt LoVecchio to a perfect 7-0 record down the stretch en route to a 9-2 regular-season and Notre Dame's first trip to a Bowl Championships Series game – the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
Although he will have to replace Gandy and Jones in 2001, the cupboard is not completely bare as junior center Jeff Faine returns for the Irish. Ranked as the third best center in the nation coming into the 2001 season, Faine could be a leading candidate for the Outland Trophy next season. Borbely also has seniors Sean Mahan and Ryan Scarola and junior Sean Milligan poised for banner seasons.
Borbely had three players selected in the ’99 National Football League draft — tackle Luke Petitgout was a first-round draft pick (19th overall) of the New York Giants, guard Jerry Wisne was selected by the Chicago Bears in the fifth round and tackle Mike Rosenthal was picked by the Giants in the fifth round. All three are seeing significant playing time with their respective teams.
With just one starter returning, Borbely’s line responded in ’99 by helping lead the Irish to a final national ranking of 19th in total offense at 419.67 yards per game. Notre Dame also broke single-season Irish marks for passing yards, pass completions and attempts.
Borbely and his line helped the Irish to a ’98 national ranking of 16th in rushing offense (212.5 yards per game) as Rosenthal earned first team All-America honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Borbely joined the Stanford staff in January ’95 and coached the Cardinal offensive line the next three seasons — helping Stanford earn Liberty and Sun Bowl invitations following the ’95 and ’96 campaigns.
In ’97, Borbely’s all-underclassman offensive line helped pave the way for veteran running backs Anthony Bookman and Mike Mitchell, who finished third and fourth, respectively, on the Stanford career rushing list with 2,523 and 2,446 yards. That duo had three straight games early in ’97 (including versus the Irish) in which both players ran for 100 or more yards.
In 1996, Borbely had two linemen taken in the National Football League draft as Brad Badger went to the Washington Redskins and Nate Paks was taken by the Kansas City Chiefs in the seventh round.
Prior to his tenure at Stanford, Borbely coached the offensive line for three seasons at Tulane from 1992-94 (he was on the same staff with current Irish running back coach Desmond Robinson). He also coached that same position area — including standout Tre Johnson at Temple from 1989-91. He was offensive line coach at Rice from 1986-89 and worked on the same staff at Rice as Stanford head coach Tyrone Willingham.
A graduate assistant at Evansville in 1981-82, he was an assistant offensive line coach at Pennsylvania in ’83, then was a graduate assistant offensive line coach at Tennessee in 1984-85.
A 1981 DePauw graduate with a degree in history, Borbely received a master’s degree in secondary education from Evansville in 1983. At DePauw, he earned four letters in football and twice was named the team’s top lineman.
Born April 5, 1959 in Hammond, Ind., Borbely and his wife Bev (a South Bend native and Clay High School graduate) are parents of three children — Joseph, Laura and Brian.
The Dave Borbely Coaching File
|Year ||School ||Assignment|
|1981 ||Evansville ||Graduate Assistant|
|1982 ||Evansville ||Graduate Assistant|
|1983 ||Pennsylvania ||Assistant Offensive Line|
|1984 ||Tennessee (7-4-1, Freedom Bowl) ||Graduate Assistant, Offensive Line|
|1985 ||Tennessee (8-4, Bluebonnet Bowl) ||Graduate Assistant, Offensive Line|
|1986 ||Rice ||Offensive Line|
|1987 ||Rice ||Offensive Line|
|1988 ||Rice ||Offensive Line|
|1989 ||Temple ||Offensive Line|
|1990 ||Temple (7-4) ||Offensive Line|
|1991 ||Temple ||Offensive Line|
|1992 ||Tulane ||Offensive Line|
|1993 ||Tulane ||Offensive Line|
|1994 ||Tulane ||Offensive Line|
|1995 ||Stanford (7-4-1, Liberty Bowl) ||Offensive Line|
|1996 ||Stanford (7-5, Sun Bowl) ||Offensive Line|
|1997 ||Stanford ||Offensive Line|
|1998 ||Notre Dame (9-3, Gator Bowl) ||Offensive Line|
|1999 ||Notre Dame ||Offensive Line|
|2000 ||Notre Dame (9-3, Fiesta Bowl) ||Offensive Line|