The two storied programs will meet under the lights at 7:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday
Hear from Notre Dame coaches and players as they continue preparations for Sept. 5 opener vs. Texas.
Coaches and players spoke with the media on Tuesday
Brian Kelly, eight Irish players and the entire coaching staff met with the media
AP coach of the year honor now alongside Home Depot, Walter Camp and FWAA/Eddie Robinson selections.
Hometown: Malvern, Pa.
High School: Radnor High School
College: East Stroudsburg (Pa.) (Health and Physical Education, 1983)
Children: Sons: Michael, Matthew and Mark;
1982 East Stroudsburg (Pa.) Student Assistant
1983 East Stroudsburg (Pa.) Assistant Offensive Line
1984-85 East Stroudsburg (Pa.) Offensive Line
1986 Pennsylvania Tight Ends
1987 USC Graduate Assistant
1988 Toledo Tight Ends
1989-91 Cincinnati Offensive Line
1992 Cincinnati Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator
1993 Cincinnati Offensive Line/Offensive Coordinator
1994-96 Missouri Offensive Line
1997-99 Illinois Offensive Line
2000-04 Illinois Offensive Line/Assistant Head Coach
2005-09 Chicago Bears Offensive Line
2010-11 Tennessee Offensive Line
2012-14 Notre Dame Offensive Line
1988 USC Rose
1999 Illinois Micron PC
2001 Illinois Sugar
2005 Chicago Bears NFL Divisional Round
2006 Chicago Bears Super Bowl XLI
2010 Tennessee Music City
2012 Notre Dame BCS National Championship
2013 Notre Dame Pinstripe
1978-79 Springfield (Mass.) Offensive Line
1980-81 East Stroudsburg (Pa.) Offensive Line
- A 31-year coaching veteran who has directed the offensive lines at football programs in the Southeastern Conference, Big Ten Conference, Big 12 Conference and National Football League for the past 20 seasons.
- Heistand has coached offensive line for 25 consecutive seasons.
- Notre Dame allowed just eight sacks in 2013 and ranked tied for second in the FBS in fewest sacks allowed.
- No team in the nation allowed fewer sacks and attempted more passes than Notre Dame (eight sacks on 429 pass attempts) last season.
- Critical in the development of first-year starters center Nick Martin (missed last two games of '13 season), center Matt Hegarty, guard Steve Elmer, tackle Ronnie Stanley and guard Conor Hanratty. Notre Dame finished season with four first-year starting lineman.
- Two of his Notre Dame pupils, Zack Martin and Chris Watt, participated in the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine.
- Tennessee sent four offensive lineman to the combine - all of which were tutored under Heistand during his time with the Volunteers. In all, Hiestand mentored six of the 50 offensive line participants at this year's event.
- Coached an offensive line in 2012 that nearly helped the Irish average over 200 yards per game in both rushing and passing, which had previously happened only twice in school history (1977, 1970).
- Notre Dame averaged 4.9 yards per rush in 2012 - the highest per carry average for the Irish since 1996 (5.2). Notre Dame ran for at least 200 yards seven times in '12, including six of the last nine contests. The Irish had not posted more 200+ yard rushing games in a single season since 1996.
- Only two offensive lines from a Bowl Championship Series automatically-qualifying conference, including Notre Dame, could lay claim to averaging at least 200 yards on the ground, 200 yards in the air and yielding 16 sacks or less in the '12 regular season.
- Coached at Tennessee for two years (2010-11) after working with the offensive line of the Chicago Bears from 2005-09. He coached the offensive line at Illinois from 1997-2004 and at Missouri from 1994-96.
- Tennessee was one of only seven schools in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision that did not start a senior on the offensive line in any game in 2011.
- The Volunteers allowed only 18 sacks while attempting 400 passes in 2011--and only Alabama, among conference schools, allowed fewer sacks in 2011 than Tennessee.
- In his first season with the Volunteers in 2010, only one player in his group had starting experience and that amounted to only three career starts. Three true freshmen started on the 2010 offensive line that helped running back Tauren Poole tie for the SEC lead with six 100-yard rushing games. He recorded just the 16th 1,000-yard rushing season in school history with 1,034 yards.
- Prior to his arrival in Knoxville, spent five seasons coaching the offensive line of the Chicago Bears. The Bears were division champions in 2005 and 2006, advancing to Super Bowl XLI following the 2006 season.
- His offensive line helped Bears' running backs eclipse 1,200 rushing yards three times in five seasons.
- Thomas Jones gained 1,335 rushing yards in 2005 and 1,210 yards in 2006, while Matt Forte totaled 1,238 yards on the ground in 2008. Jones and Forte joined an exclusive list of Bears' running backs to ever gain at least 1,200 rushing yards in a season: Neal Anderson, Walter Payton and Gale Sayers.
- Two of Hiestand's players made the Pro Bowl while in Chicago. Center Olin Kreutz was selected in 2005 and 2006--and guard Ruben Brown earned the honor following the 2006 campaign.
- Kreutz was named first-team All-Pro in 2006 and became the first Bears' offensive lineman to receive that honor in 17 years.
- Worked with the offensive line at Illinois from 1997-2004 and held the title of assistant head coach for the final five seasons in Champaign.
- During his tenure at Illinois, Hiestand tutored 12 all-Big Ten selections on the offensive line, and every senior starting offensive lineman in his first seven years with the Illini signed with an NFL team.
- Hiestand had six offensive linemen drafted during his eight seasons at Illinois.
- Coached the offensive line at Missouri from 1994-96 and in his final season with the Tigers helped them average 250.7 rushing yards per game, the ninth-best rushing average in the NCAA in 1996.
- In his three seasons at Missouri, he helped the Tigers average 184.1 rushing yards per game, and four of his offensive linemen received all-Big 12 honors in 1996 (the first year of that conference's existence).
- Coached the offensive line at Cincinnati from 1989-93. In 1992, he added the title of run game coordinator and the duties of offensive coordinator in 1993 when the Bearcats won eight games, the most in 17 seasons.
- First coaching job at the FBS level occurred at Toledo where he worked with the tight ends in 1988.
- Worked with the offensive line as a graduate assistant at Pac-10 champion USC in 1987.
- Coached the tight ends at Ivy League champion Penn (10-0) in 1986.
- First assistant coach role came at alma mater, East Stroudsburg. Coached offensive line from 1984-85 and was assistant offensive line coach in 1983 at the NCAA Division II school after serving as a student assistant in 1982. Helped Stroudsburg to a pair of eastern division titles in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference ('82-'83).
- Began his college career as an offensive lineman at Springfield College (Mass.) before transferring to East Stroudsburg where an injury ended his playing career.
- Graduated from East Stroudsburg in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education.
- Oldest son, Michael, is in his first year as a defensive graduate assistant for the Irish.
OT Zack Martin, Notre Dame
- 2012 Walter Camp Second Team All-American
- Two-time captain
- 2013 New Era Pinstripe Bowl Most Valuable Player
- 2013-14 ESPN.com All-Bowl Team
- Participated in the 2014 Senior Bowl Game
- 2013 College Sports Madness Third Team All-American
- 2013 Phil Steele Fourth Team All-American
C Olin Kreutz, Chicago Bears
- 2005 and 2006 Pro Bowl selection; Named to All-Pro team in 2006
- Four-time captain
G Ruben Brown, Chicago Bears
- 2006 Pro Bowl selection
LT David Diehl, (Illinois)
- 2003 fifth-round draft choice; 2009 Pro Bowl selection; Two-time Super Bowl champion
RT Tony Pashos, (Illinois), Oakland Raiders
- Nine-year NFL veteran started 82 of 104 career games played for five NFL teams
C Roberto Garza, Chicago Bears
- Started 126 consecutive games he has appeared in; current captain of Chicago Bears