Heart and soul of Irish defense that ranked 14th in the nation in total defense in 2001 ... was a fourth-round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans ... one of four captains for Notre Dame in 2001 ... named to collegefootballnews.com all-independent teamS an intense defender whose pass-rush skills are his strong suit ... added fiery, passionate attitude to the defensive unit during his career ... his enthusiasm and game-day demeanor helped set the tone for major defensive improvement by the Irish in 2000 and 2001 ... originally came in as free safety but made quick transition to linebacker with immediate gains in weight and strength ... also played key role on special teams.
AS A SENIOR: Starting outside linebacker for second consecutive season with Notre Dame in 2001 ... named to collegefootballnews.com all-independent team ... one of four team captains for the Irish ... named preseason honorable mention All-American by Street & Smith's ... named to Football News preseason all-independent teamSstarted in seven of 11 games in '01, missing only West Virginia, Boston College, Navy, and Purdue when Irish opened in nickel defense ... had 10 tackles for loss and five sacks on the season ... made five tackles vs. Nebraska and also recovered a fumbleShad a career-high 11 tackles vs. Texas A&M ... recorded four tackles, including first sack of season versus West VirginiaSreturned to starting lineup versus USC and recorded three tackles and two sacks ... posted five tackles against Boston College, including one for loss ... recorded three tackles and recovered a fumble versus Stanford ... posted a sack against Purdue.
AS A JUNIOR: Selected to midseason team called Great Unknowns by The Sporting News - "You probably won't recognize their faces, but you should recognize their efforts" ... started every 2000 game at outside linebacker except Stanford and West Virginia, when the Irish began in nickel formations, for 10 starts overall including vs. Oregon State in 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl ... registered career-high nine tackles and a sack vs. both Texas A&M and Nebraska. . . had six tackles and caused a fumble against Purdue ... made five tackles including one for loss vs. Stanford and led defenders in playing time ... worked more as an end vs. Navy and Air Force option attacks when Irish started five defensive backs ... had a sack and another tackle for loss vs. Midshipmen and recorded eight tackles including one for loss vs. Falcons ... registered six tackles vs. Boston College, while playing every defensive snap ... made 100th career tackle vs. Rutgers ... tied for team lead in tackles vs. Oregon State with nine, to go with two forced fumbles, a sack and another tackle for loss ... made 66 regular-season special team appearances, then five more vs. Oregon State in 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Irish regular at outside linebacker in '99 . . . started vs. Kansas, Michigan, Michigan State, Arizona State and Stanford ... made first career start vs. Kansas, recovering a fumble on opening series ... recovery came on sixth play of the game and set up a 39-yard Irish scoring drive that gave Notre Dame quick 7-0 lead ... later recovered a Kansas field goal attempt blocked by Clifford Jefferson and returned it 11 yards in third period to set up 34-yard Irish scoring drive that made it 27-13 for Notre Dame ... made career-high seven tackles vs. Michigan ... saw limited playing time off the bench vs. Purdue because of Notre Dame's frequent use of nickel and dime defensive packages ... made four tackles in start vs. Michigan State ... also came off bench vs. Oklahoma because Irish started game in dime package ... recorded five tackles in start vs. Arizona State ... came off bench with three tackles, including one for loss vs. USC ... made four tackles and recovered a fumble in reserve effort vs. Navy ... had four tackles, a sack, and a pass broken up vs. Pittsburgh ... returned to starting role and made five tackles vs. Stanford ... recovered fourth-quarter fumble on Cardinal 32-yard line to set up Irish scoring drive which tied the game 37-37 ... also made 169 special teams appearances.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in nine regular-season games in '98 and also saw action vs. Georgia Tech in '99 Gator Bowl ... assisted primarily with Irish special teams, also seeing brief action at at linebacker vs. Michigan State ... made 114 regular-season special team appearances overall to rank eighth on squad in that category (first among freshmen), then made 18 more in Gator Bowl (making one assisted tackle) ... played in every game except Army and Baylor (thigh contusion) ... made 19 special team appearances vs. Purdue, 17 vs. both Boston College and LSU ... worked on kickoff, kickoff return and punt return teams.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Southwest Ohio Player of the Year for '97 ... also selected Greater Cincinnati League Player of the Year and all-city player of the year ... earned three letters in football as free safety at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati . . . captain and team MVP as senior ... three-time all-league selection ... set school records for most kickoff return yards plus longest kickoff return (95 yards) ... had 330 career tackles, 11 interceptions, 15 passes broken up ... made 164 tackles and intercepted six passes for 139 return yards at free safety as senior in '97 ... averaged 26.4 yards on 16 kickoff returns in '97 ... first-team all-state pick helped St. Xavier to 9-3 mark and Ohio playoff berth in '97 ... had 72 tackles and four interceptions in eight games as junior, plus 10 kickoff returns for 228 yards, and also played some as running back ... selected for Ohio North-South all-star game and Ohio-Pennsylvania Big 33 all-star game ... Notre Dame football camp alumnus who committed to Irish in July of '97 ... earned two letters in baseball (shortstop, second base) and one in track (sprinter) ... captain of track team as senior ... two-time all-city in baseball ... full name is Rocky Michael Boiman ... older of two children ... born 1-24-80 in Cincinnati ... earned 3.167 grade-point average during 2000 spring semester - and 3.026 average during 2000 fall semester ... graduated in May 2002 from the College of Arts and Letters with a degree in pre-professional studies.
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