Former walk-on returned as fifth-year reserve linebacker in 2000 . . . earned his second monogram after playing in all 12 games on special teams and defense . . . won a monogram in '99 after playing in six games . . . awarded a scholarship prior to start of '99 season . . . tough competitor who worked his way into linebacking rotation thanks to persistence and determination.
AS A SENIOR: Saw action in all 12 games for Irish in 2000, including vs. Oregon State in 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl . . . played in first 10 games on special teams, making 45 appearances . . . played on defense vs. Rutgers and USC . . . made six more special team appearances vs. Oregon State.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in six games in '99, making 28 special-team appearances and seeing action at linebacker vs. Michigan and Arizona State . . . also played vs. Kansas, Boston College and Stanford.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in two games in '98, making 10 combined special team appearances vs. Michigan State and Purdue.
AS A FRESHMAN: Saw action in six games in '97, working as reserve inside linebacker . . . made five total tackles that season.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Attended Seton Hall Prep in New Jersey . . . earned 3.0 grade-point average during '99 fall semester and 3.267 during 2000 spring semester . . . graduated in December 2000 from College of Arts and Letters with degree in American studies and computer applications.