Ten program rookies help lead Notre Dame into its first season in the ACC
AT NOTRE DAME: Joined the Irish squad in the fall of 2013 as a walk on ... standout player in high school that missed senior year rehabbing an ACL injury ... very good runner ... athletic, team-oriented player that showed solid glove in high school ... had a 3.754 GPA heading into the spring 2014 semester.
AS A FRESHMAN: Did not play collegiately.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Trinity High School in Louisville, Ky., in the spring of 2012 ... earned three letters in football and baseball ... named a 2011 underclass honorable mention All-American by Perfect Game ... also named honorable mention all-region for the Central Region in 2012 by Rawlings ... tore ACL during final football game of career to miss senior baseball season ... selected to the Under Armour Preseason All-American baseball team before senior year ... despite missing season was still named team's "Mr. Baseball" by teammates and coaches ... football team won three state championships (2008, 2010, 2011) and one national championship (2011) during career ... advanced to state championship game in 2009 ... invited to the 2011 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., and represented the Ohio Valley Region Team ... batted .355 as a sophomore to lead Trinity to the final of the 7th Region Tournament ... awarded the team's "Mr. Clutch" award as a freshman after batting .400 to lead the squad to a seventh Region Tournament title ... played club baseball for the Louisville Panthers ... participated in the International Market Watch program ... was in the National Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) ... won the 2012 Governor's Scholar Award and was a Jackie Robinson Scholarship semifinalist ... full name is Derek Miles Bland ... born in Kansas City, Mo., to Derek and Cecelia Bland ... has an older sister, Imani, and a younger sister, Jamila ... father, Derek, played baseball at Lincoln College and the University of Missouri-Rolla ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business and is majoring in finance with a supplementary major in Spanish.