Ranked tops among starting Irish cornerbacks for 2000 . . . rated 23rd nationally among cornerbacks in 2000 preseason evaluations by Lindy's . . . named to 2000 preseason All-Independent team by The Sporting News . . . had been returning starter to '99 Irish defense at right cornerback but ended up sitting out entire season . . . has what it takes to be an outstanding corner . . . his football energy level is infectious on the field . . . talented athlete who came a long way in '98 as he gained game experience . . . boasts solid all-around skills to play man-to-man pass defense . . . has quick feet and is not afraid to hit.
AS A SENIOR: Starting left cornerback for Irish in 2000 after sitting out '99 season . . . led defenders in playing time while starting all 12 games, including 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl vs. Oregon State . . . played every defensive snap vs. West Virginia, Air Force, Boston College and Rutgers . . . made three tackles vs. Texas A&M and led defenders in playing time . . . matched career high with eight tackles against Michigan State . . . shared team lead with seven tackles vs. Stanford, while also registering first career sack . . . intercepted a Chris Lewis pass late in third quarter to set up Julius Jones touchdown that gave Irish a 20-7 advantage over the Cardinal . . . made seven tackles vs. West Virginia . . . had nine tackles including two for loss vs. Air Force . . . shared team lead with six tackles and broke up five passes vs. USC . . . made two solo tackles vs. Oregon State in Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
AS A JUNIOR: Did not play at all in '99 season.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Broke into starting lineup at cornerback in fourth game of '98 season vs. Purdue and ended up starting eight of last 10 games . . . played in all 12 games, coming off bench only vs. Michigan, Michigan State and Navy - and vs. Georgia Tech in '99 Gator Bowl (due to hamstring) . . . forced a fumble on kickoff vs. Michigan . . . forced a fumble and recovered it vs. Michigan State to set up first Irish touchdown . . . made first career start vs. Purdue and made five solo tackles and had a near interception in end zone as Irish opened with five defensive backs . . . had eight tackles vs. Stanford . . . intercepted a pass in first period vs. Arizona State to set up first Irish scoring drive . . . had six solo tackles vs. Boston College, seven overall vs. LSU . . . blocked two PAT attempts vs. LSU . . . made five tackles in '99 Gator Bowl vs. Georgia Tech.
AS A FRESHMAN: One of six rookies to earn monograms in '97 . . . played in eight games in '97, working mainly with special teams . . . made 78 regular-season special team appearances . . . played vs. Stanford, Pittsburgh, USC, Navy, LSU (regular-season game), West Virginia, Hawaii and again vs. LSU in '97 Independence Bowl . .. worked at corner vs. Pittsburgh.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named to Super Southern 100 by Atlanta Journal-Constitution . . . a third-team pick on all-South team by Fox Sports South . . . had 102 tackles and five interceptions with 15 deflections as senior at Hammond High School in Hammond, La. . . . had 55 tackles and five interceptions in '95 as junior . . . chosen district MVP by coaches as senior while playing running back and returning kicks as well . . . brother Jimmy played at Southern at cornerback and played in East-West Shrine Classic . . . has run 100 meters in 10.9 . . . born 8-11-79 . . . youngest of six children . . . enrolled in College of Arts and Letters with major in sociology.