A prominent reserve the last two years who is battling for a larger role this season ... can play either safety position ... has earned a monogram the last two seasons ... moved from cornerback to strong safety during spring drills in 2002 ... possesses good hands and quick feet.
2003 (JUNIOR): Played in 11 games, staring once (Florida State) ... credited with 12 tackles (six solos), including an assist on a tackle for a loss ... primarily a backup strong safety behind Quentin Burrell and Garron Bible ... a regular contributor on special teams ... made one tackle versus Washington State on special teams ... recorded a solo tackle on special teams against Purdue ... saw action on defense versus USC and Boston College ... registered a career-high four tackles against Boston College, assisting on a tackle for loss ... made first career start for the Irish at strong safety versus Florida State ... had three assisted tackles against the Seminoles ... played a career-high 20:11 in the secondary against FSU ... did not play versus Navy ... saw time on special teams versus BYU ... played in the secondary against Stanford ... posted three tackles versus the Cardinal ... saw time on special teams versus Syracuse ... made 73 special teams appearances and played 49:16 on defense.
2002 (SOPHOMORE): Played in 11 games as a reserve defensive back in 2002 ... moved from cornerback to strong safety during spring drills ... made his first career appearance for the Irish against Maryland ... recorded the biggest play of his young career against Purdue - a touchdown on a four-yard return of a fumble recovery, putting the Irish up 14-0 ... saw action on defense in dime situations against Navy and Rutgers during the absence of safety Gerome Sapp ... made the first three tackles of his career against Rutgers ... made 88 appearances on special teams for the Irish and played 8:12 on defense.
2001 (FRESHMAN): Did not see action as a rookie cornerback in 2001.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rancocas Valley High School in Mt. Holly, N.J. ... two-way starter at cornerback and as an option quarterback as senior in 2000 ... made 55 tackles and intercepted four passes on defense ... threw for 950 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed for more than 900 yards and eight scores ... ran two kickoffs back for touchdowns as a senior ... made 55 tackles and four interceptions on defense in 2000 ... won three letters in football ... captain of the team as a senior ... a two-time all-league pick who won all-state honors as a senior ... chosen for Governors' Bowl between New Jersey and New York prep stars ... from same high school that produced former Irish tailback Terrance Howard and former college football standouts Irving Fryar (Nebraska) and Alonzo Spellman (Ohio State) ... earned three letters in basketball, averaging 12 points per game as senior and helping team to state runner-up finish as all-league pick ... full name is Lionel Bolen ... younger of two children ... born July 18, 1983, in Mt. Holly, N.J. ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters, majoring in anthropology.