AS A SENIOR: Finished the season as the starting right guard in 2001 ? named to Football News all-independent team?named to collegefootballnews.com all-independent team?.started in all 11 games in '01?ranked third on the team in minutes played with 277:57. . .named preseason honorable mention All-American by Street and Smith's. . .named to Football News preseason all-independent team. . .helped Irish gain 345 yards rushing vs. West Virginia, its most yards of the 2001 season. . . Irish gained 208 rushing yards vs. USC and followed that with 233 vs. Boston College. . . moved from left tackle to right guard for Tennessee game after injury to Sean Milligan? remained at right guard for the Navy, Stanford, and Purdue games. . .Irish gained 241 yards vs. Stanford?the Irish finished ranked 30th in the country in rushing offense in 2001.
AS A JUNIOR: Started all 12 games, including 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl vs. Oregon State, at left offensive tackle position in 2000 and has been a starter in all 21 career games played . . . named to the All-Independent team by Collegefootballnews.com . . . had first career reception on a tipped pass vs. Texas A&M . . . played every offensive snap vs. Michigan State . . . ankle sprain in first half vs. Stanford initially made him doubtful vs. Navy, but he recovered to start that contest . . . helped Irish score four touchdowns on the ground and rack up season-high 380 yards rushing vs. Boston College, the highest Notre Dame rushing output since 1996 vs. Boston College.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Irish starter at left offensive tackle through first nine games in '99 . . . torn medial collateral ligament (MCL) in right knee vs. Tennessee caused him to miss last three games . . . made first career start vs. Kansas, helping Irish rush for 363 yards (7.1 per carry) and five touchdowns . . . helped Irish rank 21st nationally in total offense at 419.7 yards per game.
AS A FRESHMAN: Did not see game action as reserve Irish offensive lineman as rookie in '98.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated one of top 100 players nationally by Dallas Morning News . . . USA Today honorable mention All-America pick . . . earned four letters in football as offensive and defensive tackle at Dallas Christian High School in Mesquite, Texas . . . helped Dallas Christian to state private-school titles in '97 and '95 . . . all-state on offense as senior in '97 and also played fullback in short-yardage situations, scoring two touchdowns (plus three more as junior) . . . graded out 95 percent as blocker as junior, including 39 pancake blocks . . . had 100 tackles in '97, 100 in '96 and 85 in '95 . . . captained team as both junior and senior . . . three-time TAPPS AAAA all-state pick as offensive lineman and a defensive line all-state pick as junior . . . three-time all-conference pick while helping team to three straight league titles . . . selected for Texas-California Shrine all-star game . . . earned four letters each in basketball (center) and track (shot put and discus) . . . two-time all-conference pick in basketball, helping team to state crown as sophomore . . . track team MVP as freshman and sophomore . . . full name is Brian Jordan Black . . . older of two children . . . born 1-28-80 in Garland, Texas . . . enrolled in College of Arts and Letters, with major in psychology.