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Joe Alt - College Football's Gold Standard

If one were to look into the Alt family, what they would find is an ensemble of individuals with a strong, athletic pedigree.

The patriarch, John Michael Alt, was a Pro Bowl offensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1984 to 1996. His brother, Mark Alt, is currently a professional hockey player in Europe; he was formerly a 2nd round pick of the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League. Athleticism is in the Alt family DNA, which helps us gain a better understanding of why Joe is a unique specimen.

As a true freshman with Notre Dame, Joe played both offensive tackle and tight end. Even more impressive is the fact that he was good enough to play and start in all 13 games that season, something that is not often seen with players entering college football for the first time, especially when playing in a program that is known by many as an offensive line factory.

Joe ended the season with an overall grade of 78.8 from Pro Football Focus, one of the highest given to a true freshman tackle since 2016. Instead of becoming victim to the sophomore jinx, Joe elevated his game in 2022, allowing no sacks and just 8 quarterback pressures on 807. Though he did not win any major awards this past season, Joe established himself as one of the premier offensive linemen in college football.

It is inevitable that Joe will be on almost every NFL team's wish list when he becomes draft eligible after this season. With goals of winning the Outland Trophy or the Joe Moore Award with his linemates, he will no doubt have lofty expectations set upon him. If his career has been any indication so far, he would not want it any other way.

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