Lugg named Pennsylvania’s top lineman

Josh Lugg picked up his final prep award last weekend. But he’s already been turning his focus toward his future in South Bend.

Notre Dame signee Josh Lugg was named Pennsylvania’s Lineman of the Year on Sunday.

Lugg received the honor during the Mr. Football ceremony.

“It's a great honor to win that award,” Lugg said. “Pennsylvania has crazy football talent every year and to be recognized as the top offensive lineman in the state is special.”

A 6-foot-6, 295-pounder from Wexford, Pa., Lugg was at his best this season thanks to the work he put in fine tuning his technique and developing his body.

He’s feeling even stronger now as he prepares for his freshman year at Notre Dame.

“This offseason I’ve been able to put on around 10-12 pounds and I feel a lot faster and agile than where I was during the season,” he said. “The biggest thing I've improved on is my quickness but there's still a lot more I need to work on.”

Lugg has followed Notre Dame’s strength and conditioning plan and is looking forward to his arrival in South Bend on June 14.

“I'm following the ND weight lifting manual and man is it great,” he said. “After one week of it I feel sore but really good. I'm very excited about working with the new strength coaching staff.”

Lugg also is eager to begin working with Irish offensive line coach Harry Hiestand.

“It's going to be the best five years of my life,” he said. “I can't wait to work with coach Hiestand every day.” Top Stories