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    James Aldridge

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    St. Louis, MO

    High School:
    Merrillville (IN)

    Weight:
    225

    Position:
    Fullback

    Birthdate:
    07/06/1987


    CAREER: Notre Dame's leading returning rusher in terms of career carries and yards ... rushed for 962 yards during his first three seasons on 249 attempts and caught eight passes for 31 yards in his career ... tallied three rushing touchdowns, including one multi-touchdown game, in his career, all in 2008 ... played in 30 games at Notre Dame and started six contests ... member of a talented group of Irish running backs all who looked to establish themselves as the lead back last spring ... split time in the backfield in '08 with Armando Allen, Robert Hughes and Jonas Gray ... has eclipsed 100 rushing yards in a game twice in his career and has averaged at least 5.0 yards per carry in eight contests ... has displayed ability to not only run the ball effectively but also protect the quarterback against the blitz and serve as a receiving option out of the backfield ... moved to fullback in spring drills and opens training camp as the starter.

    2008 (JUNIOR): Rushed 91 times for 357 yards and three scores while sharing the load in a stacked Irish backfield ... appeared in the final 12 games of the year after sitting out against San Diego State ... lone '08 start was vs. Navy ... tallied 28 yards on nine attempts in first game action of the year in a win over Michigan ... recorded two first-down runs during Notre Dame's fourth scoring drive of the day vs. the Wolverines ... carried the ball eight times for 34 total yards and two first downs against Purdue ... scored the first touchdown of his Notre Dame career from two yards out in the third quarter at North Carolina ... recorded 23 yards on four carries (5.8 avg.) vs. the Tar Heels ... led the Irish rushing attack at Washington with season-high 84 rushing yards and tallied his first career multi-touchdown game ... picked up five first downs and registered four carries over 10 yards ... also caught his first pass of the season vs. the Huskies ... had 25 yards on eight carries and ran for a pair of first downs against Pittsburgh ... averaged 5.0 yards per carry on 16 attempts for 80 total rushing yards in victory over Navy ... registered one rush for over 10 yards and had five carries resulting in first downs vs. the Midshipmen ... recorded a team-high 58 rushing yards on 12 carries in regular-season finale at USC ... responsible for all 51 yards on Notre Dame's fourth-quarter scoring drive against the Trojans ... logged 65:50 of playing time with 20 special-teams appearances.

    2007 (SOPHOMORE): Led the Irish with 463 rushing yards on 121 carries ... started five games and appeared in 11 contests during sophomore season ... started at running back against Michigan State, Purdue, UCLA, Boston College and Air Force ... gained 19 yards on six rushes while splitting time with four other running backs in season opener vs. Georgia Tech ... led the team in rushing with 51 yards against Michigan ... led the Irish in rushing for the second straight game with 104 yards, including a career-high (and team season-high) carry of 43 yards in the second quarter against Michigan State ... became first Irish running back to top 100 yards in first career start since Tony Fisher vs. Kansas on Aug. 28, 1999 ... led the Irish in rushing with 52 yards against UCLA ... paced the Irish in rushing against Navy with career-high 125 yards ... led the Irish in rushing against Air Force with 62 yards.

    2006 (FRESHMAN): Missed the first five games due to a knee injury suffered in the offseason but played in seven of the final eight contests and was Notre Dame's second-leading rusher ... rushed 37 times for 142 yards while playing behind Darius Walker ... strong and powerful runner saw increased reps with the first-string offense as the season progressed ... gained 26 yards on four fourth-quarter carries in his Notre Dame debut vs. Stanford ... rushed season-high 12 times for 29 yards vs. Navy in Baltimore ... collected season-best 45 yards on eight carries vs. North Carolina ... rushed five times at Air Force for 27 yards (5.4 avg.) ... totaled nine yards on three carries with a long rush of 10 yards vs. Army ... registered seven yards on three carries against LSU in the Sugar Bowl.

    HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from Merrillville (Ind.) High School ... one of 16 candidates for Parade All-America High School Football Player of the Year award ... one of nine running backs on Parade prep All-America team ... rated 19th on list of top 100 prep players nationally by USA Today ... rated 26th on Dallas Morning News list of top 100 players in the country ... rated 30th on list of top 100 players nationally by Chicago Sun-Times ... rated 47th on list of top 150 players nationally by CollegeFootballNews.com ... selected for U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... rated 13th on list of top 20 players in Midwest on Detroit Free-Press Best in the Midwest team ... named to Indiana Top 50 all-state team by Indiana Football Coaches Association, as one of seven running backs ... rushed for 1,433 yards and 21 TDs on 237 carries as senior in 2005 at Merrillville High School in Merrillville, Ind. ... caught five passes for 59 yards ... helped team to 11-3 record and semifinal of Indiana Class 5A playoffs ... finished with 3,808 all-purpose yards in two years at Merrillville ... rushed for 110 yards on 25 carries in semifinal loss to Hamilton Southeastern ... rushed 23 times for 227 yards and three TDs in earlier playoff game vs. Crown Point ... first-team running back in '05 on all-area team by Northwest Indiana Times ... listed 58th on '05 preseason list of top players in the country (and 10th among running backs) by Sporting News ... rated one of top 100 players nationally on '05 preseason list by Lindy's ... one of 14 running backs on '05 national preseason top 100 list by CBS SportsLine.com ... rushed for 2,067 yards and 20 TDs on 281 carries as junior in 2004 ... also caught 11 passes for 190 yards and two TDs and threw a 36-yard TD pass ... son of James and Lisa Aldridge ... born July 6, 1987 ... graduated in three and a half years from Notre Dame with a psychology degree ... currently enrolled in the graduate studies program.

    Aldridge's Career Statistics

    Rushing Receiving
    Year G-S Att Yds Avg TD LG Rec Yds Avg TD LG
    2006 7-0 37 142 3.8 0 13 0 0 0.0 0 0
    2007 11-5 121 463 3.8 0 43 5 30 6.0 0 11
    2008 12-1 91 357 3.9 3 19 3 1 0.3 0 6
    Totals 30-6 249 962 3.9 3 43 8 31 3.9 0 11

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