CAREER: Veteran lineman who provides flexibility for the Irish offensive line ... approved for extra season of eligibility by Faculty Board on Athletics since he did not play as rookie in 2002 ... has been effective at both guard and center during his Irish career ... joins Ryan Harris and Dan Santucci as returning three-year lettermen on `06 Irish offensive line ... has started 26 games during his Notre Dame career (17 at center, nine at guard) ... has played in 33 games for the Irish, garnering 748:57 of playing time.
2005 (SENIOR): Started four games at center and played in 11 games overall ... also played significant time at guard ... returned to action in a reserve role at guard and center versus USC after missing the Purdue game with an injury ... helped an explosive offense that averaged 36.7 points and 477.3 yards per game (330.2 passing, 147.1 rushing) ... helped lead the way as halfback Darius Walker eclipsed 100 rushing yards in seven games ... was a major factor versus Pittsburgh as the offensive line did not allow a sack and the Irish runners tallied 275 yards on the ground ... had a solid outing against Michigan in the 17-10 win in Ann Arbor ... big part of an offensive outing versus USC that produced 31 points (most by a Trojan foe since 2003), 417 total yards (264 passing, 153 rushing) and 28 first downs while controlling the ball for an astounding 38:40 ... helped the Irish to 49 points, 511 yards of offense and seven TDs in a 49-23 win over BYU ... helped the Irish offense to a big day against Tennessee's highly-rated defense as Notre Dame's offense produced 27 points and 343 yards ... prevented Navy from registering a quarterback sack as the Irish moved for 505 yards, 221 rushing yards and 284 yards via the pass in a 42-21 victory over the Midshipmen ... helped the Irish offense rack up 663 yards (231 rushing, 432 passing) and five TDs in the win over Stanford ... logged 172:52 of playing time with 10 special teams appearances.
2004 (JUNIOR): Started 11 games at left guard ... a major factor in Notre Dame's ability to rush for 195 yards against top-ranked USC, the most rushing yards allowed by the Trojans in two years ... the Irish offensive line had a big day versus Navy as it cleared the way for 204 rushing yards ... gave Brady Quinn protection as he tossed four TD passes in the Washington game ... helped to block the way as Darius Walker ran for 115 yards versus Michigan ... did not play in the Insight Bowl vs. Oregon State ... logged 310:11 of playing time.
2003 (SOPHOMORE): Started at center in all 11 games in which he played ... showed impressive development as the season progressed ... also played some at guard when circumstances warranted ... made his first career appearance when he started the season opener versus Washington State ... did not play versus Michigan State due to a chest injury ... returned as the starting center against Purdue ... helped running back Julius Jones rush for a school-record 262 yards against Pittsburgh ... also helped Jones rush for 221 yards versus Navy and 218 against Stanford, becoming the first player in Notre Dame history to rush for 200-plus yards three times in a season ... logged 265:54 of playing time.
2002 (FRESHMAN): Did not see action as a freshman center.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from McKinney (Texas) High School ... a second-team offensive lineman on the USA Today prep All-America team ... named to Dallas Morning News all-area team as a senior in 2001 ... rated the 98th player nationally by Chicago Sun-Times ... earned three letters in football ... did not permit a sack in 2001 and led the way for a team that averaged 6.6 yards per rush ... rated one of the top 100 players in Texas by Houston Chronicle ... a three-year starter and captain of his team as a senior ... a two-time all-district pick ... named to the Texas High School Coaches Association first-team academic all-state squad for class 5A ... played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio ... won three letters in track and field (shot put) and three more in power lifting as a super heavyweight ... a two-time all-district in both track and lifting ... born Sept. 19, 1984, in Framingham, Mass. ... full name is Robert Joseph Morton ... older of two brothers ... father Bob played football at Rutgers ... a graduate of the Mendoza College of Business with a degree in accounting ... currently enrolled in graduate studies ... earned 3.417 grade-point average in `06 spring semester.