A fifth-year senior who has been a starter at defensive end the last two seasons ... sat out spring drills due to an injury ... a physical player who also has a mean streak on the football field ... has retained his quickness while continuing to add weight and strength throughout his college career ... one of the top scholar-athletes on the team ... excellent in the classroom with a 3.57 overall grade-point average ... an Academic All-America candidate who has earned Academic All-District honors the last three seasons.
2003 (SENIOR): Started the season's first eight games at right end before missing the remainder of the season with an injury ... made 17 tackles (10 solos), including four for losses (18 yards), had three quarterback sacks (16 yards), and one fumble recovery ... earned Academic All-District V honors for the third consecutive season ... matched a career high with four tackles versus Washington State, including a career-high two sacks for 13 yards ... had his first career fumble recovery versus Michigan State ... posted three tackles against Purdue ... recorded a tackle for a loss of two yards against Pittsburgh ... recorded three assisted tackles against USC ... made two solo tackles against Boston College, including one sack for three yards ... helped hold BC running back Derrick Knight to a season-low 43 yards on 23 carries ... Knight came into the game as the nation's leading rusher, averaging better than 133 yards per game ... had one tackle versus Florida State in limited time due to leaving the game because of an injury ... made two special teams appearances ... played 155:55 on the season.
2002 (JUNIOR): Irish starter in 12 games at left end ... made 20 tackles (13 solos), including six for loss (30 yards), three quarterback sacks (24 yards), broke up three passes and was credited with a quarterback hurry ... named to the Verizon Academic All-America District V team ... had one tackle for loss versus Maryland ... recorded his first career pass break-up against Michigan ... posted a career-high four tackles against Stanford, including his first career sack for a loss of 11 yards ... recorded three tackles against Pittsburgh, including one sack ... helped hold Air Force, ranked no. 1 in rushing offense in the nation at the time, to 104 yards rushing, its lowest rushing total of the season ... recorded a tackle for a loss and broke up a pass against Florida State ... helped hold FSU to 93 yards rushing, its lowest rushing total of the season ... recorded one sack for a loss of six yards versus Boston College ... recorded four tackles against Navy ... did not start versus Rutgers due to the Irish opening in a nickel defense ... recorded two tackles against Southern California ... had a quarterback hurry against North Carolina State in 2003 Gator Bowl ... played 251:40 on the season.
2001 (SOPHOMORE): A reserve at left defensive tackle in 2001 ... played in 11 games (two starts) and made 13 tackles (six solos) ... made his first career appearance in reserve role at Nebraska ... recorded the first two tackles of career against Michigan State ... added three more tackles at Texas A&M ... made his first career start against West Virginia ... also saw time at nose guard against Tennessee and Navy ... earned Academic All-District V honors after posting a 3.37 grade-point average ... started versus Purdue and recorded a season-best five tackles ... played 83:13 on the season.
2000 (FRESHMAN): Did not see game action in 2000, while working at defensive end.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Raritan High School in Bridgewater, N.J. ... earned New Jersey all-state honors as senior ... Somerset County Defensive Player of the Year for 1999 by the Newark Star-Ledger ... a first-team all-Somerset County and second-team pick as defensive lineman on Group 4 team by the Star-Ledger ... earned four letters in football as a defensive end and tight end ... made 68 tackles, 10 sacks, seven hurries, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick as senior in 1999 ... caught 11 passes for 185 yards and one touchdown as tight end in 1999 ... a two-time all-conference pick who was team captain and MVP as a senior in 1999 ... had 54 tackles, seven sacks and 14 catches for 240 yards in 1998 ... selected for the Governor's Bowl all-star game ... earned two letters throwing shot put and javelin and played one year of baseball ... full name is Kyle John Budinscak ... born 8-20-82 in Freehold, N.J. ... his father, Guy Sr., played basketball at Fairleigh Dickinson ... a brother, Guy Jr., was a wrestler at Navy ... has been a Dean's List student throughout his undergraduate career at Notre Dame (a 3.667 grade-point average in the spring of 2002, and a 3.533 GPA in spring 2001) ... has a 3.574 cumulative average, including a 3.97 in the fall of 2001, a 3.583 in the fall of 2002, and a 3.800 in the fall of 2003 ... enrolled in Mendoza College of Business, majoring in finance.