Should once again be contributor on '99 Irish offensive line . . .slated to work at right guard along with returning veteran Mike Gandy . . . move from offensive tackle to guard gives him better chance to get on the field with Irish . . . smart, intelligent, unselfish player who boasts good size and strength . . . brings some experience from each of last two seasons in bid to be key component for Irish line.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in four games in '98 as backup at quick tackle slot on Notre Dame offensive line . . . earned playing time vs. Michigan State, Stanford, Baylor and Navy.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in six games in '97 as reserve Irish offensive tackle . . . only playing time at tackle came vs. Navy . . . made nine special-team appearances, including one or more vs. Purdue, Michigan State, Michigan, Stanford and Pittsburgh.
AS A FRESHMAN: Did not see varsity action as rookie offensive lineman in '96.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: First-team Alabama all-state pick by Alabama Sports Writers Association . . . earned three letters in football as offensive and defensive lineman at U.M.S. Wright High School in Mobile, Ala. . . . captain of team as senior . . . named to Birmingham News Super 22 team and Mobile Press Dream Team . . . named to Super Southern 100 by Atlanta Journal-Constitution . . . helped team advance to third round of state playoffs in '95 despite 0-4 start and loss of head coach . . . four-year starter as two-way starter . . . earned three letters in track while competing in discus and shot put . . . Alabama state champion in discus as junior in '95 . . . all-state in track as junior and senior . . . full name is Matthew Phillip Brennan . . . born 10-6-77 in Valparaiso, Ind. . . . youngest of three children . . . enrolled in College of Business Administration with major in accounting.
G-GS Time 1997 6-0 2:08 1998 4-0 13:12 TOTAL 10-0 15:20