CAREER: One of the top tight ends in the nation and a bona fide All-America candidate ... approved for a fifth year by Notre Dame's Faculty Board on Athletics since he did not play as a freshman ... named a second-team All-American by SI.com and one of three finalists for the Mackey Award (nation's top tight end) in 2006 ... only 2006 Mackey Award finalist who returns in 2007 ... named a first-team preseason All-American by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele ... selected as second-team preseason All-American by Street & Smith's and Lindy's ... rated as the No. 1 tight end in the nation by Phil Steele, the No. 2 tight end by Lindy's and the third-best tight end by The Sporting News ... ranked the top tight end by Mel Kiper ... one of the three tight ends named to the Maxwell Award Watch List ... became 49th Notre Dame football player and 181st student-athlete at the school to be named an ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American ... recorded 60 career receptions for 721 yards and five touchdowns ... ranks fifth all-time at Notre Dame for career catches by a tight end and needs three to move into third, 33 to move into second and 69 to become the all-time leader ... joins Maurice Crum Jr., Travis Thomas and Tom Zbikowski as 2007 captains.
2006 (Senior): Mackey Award finalist ... SI.com second team All-American ... ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American ... started first 10 games at tight end for Irish before an injury against Air Force sidelined him for the Army and USC contests ... third on the team with 634 receiving yards ... fifth on the team in scoring with four touchdown receptions ... 634 all-purpose yards placed him fifth on the team ... made four catches for 14 yards in season-opener at Georgia Tech ... had six receptions for a game-high 98 yards in victory over Penn State ... caught three passes for 42 yards in loss to Michigan ... made four catches for a career-high 121 yards in win at Michigan State, leading the Irish receivers ... 62-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter, his first of the season, sparked the impressive comeback against the Spartans ... had four catches for 62 yards against Purdue ... made six receptions for 38 yards and one touchdown versus Stanford ... caught four passes for 57 yards against UCLA, becoming only the fourth TE in Irish history to surpass 400 receiving yards in a season ... made a 26-yard reception on 4th down and one to keep Notre Dame's 1st quarter touchdown drive alive against the Bruins ... had five receptions for 75 yards against Navy ... made a career-high eight catches for 91 yards and one touchdown against North Carolina ... caught a one-yard touchdown pass at Air Force before missing rest of the next two games ... returned for the Sugar Bowl against LSU and made one catch for 13 yards ... ranked second in Notre Dame tight end history in single-season receiving yards and receptions ... logged 310:20 of playing time.
2005 (JUNIOR): Played in all 12 games at tight end and on special teams ... started six games at tight end when the Irish started in multiple-tight end sets ... was the special teams player of the week against Michigan State ... made seven receptions for 56 yards and one TD during the season, including a then career-best 22-yard catch ... had 13 tackles (nine solos) and a forced fumble on special teams ... assisted on a tackle on special teams and caught two passes for three yards at tight end against Pittsburgh ... had four tackles (three solos) and forced a fumble on a kickoff return that led to an Irish TD against Michigan State ... had one catch for 15 yards against Washington ... had one catch for 22 yards and a TD in the 49-28 win at Purdue ... assisted on a special teams tackle versus BYU ... had a catch for eight yards and a solo tackle against Tennessee ... caught two passes for eight yards and made three tackles (one solo) on special teams in the win over Syracuse ... had two tackles (both solos) on special teams in the win over Stanford ... assisted on a tackle against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl ... logged 155:32 of playing time with 263 special teams appearances.
2004 (SOPHOMORE): Played in 12 games at tight end, starting twice (Stanford and Navy) ... finished the season with six catches for 31 yards (5.2-yard average) ... was a major contributor on special teams ... hauled in a career-high three passes for 11 yards against Boston College ... caught two passes versus Navy for 17 yards ... longest reception went for 12 yards ... made his first career start at tight end versus Stanford ... caught a three-yard pass versus Tennessee ... posted five tackles (four solos) on special teams ... collected two tackles versus Washington ... made 191 special teams appearances and played 29:55 at tight end.
2003 (FRESHMAN): Did not see action as a tight end during his rookie season ... also played on the Irish basketball team and earned a monogram ... played in two games for the Irish on the hardwood after joining the team in January.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from Litchfield (Minn.) High School ... ranked 19th on the Detroit Free-Press 20-player Best of the Midwest team ... named to the 10-member Super Preps team by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune ... a four-year starter at tight end ... a three-time all-conference selection and two-time all-state honoree ... caught 41 passes, seven for TDs, for 471 yards as senior in 2002 ... made 79 tackles and two sacks at defensive end ... career totals included 95 catches for 1,331 yards and 23 TDs ... rushing stats were 133 attempts for 493 yards and seven TDs, while also returning kicks ... totaled 30 TDs in his career and scored 194 points ... had 200 career tackles, including 96 solos ... played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio ... starting center in basketball who helped team compile a 114-8 record during his career while winning the Minnesota Class 2A state title three times ... named first-team all-state as a senior, honorable mention as a junior and second team as a sophomore ... finished his prep basketball career with 1,676 points, 974 rebounds and 412 assists ... was a McDonald's preseason All-American in basketball as a senior ... conference MVP as a junior and senior and was a four-time all-conference and all-area selection ... played in the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association All-Star game ... also played tennis, helping his team reach the state finals as a junior ... finished with a career record of 106-22 playing No. 1 doubles ... three-time all-conference selection in tennis ... two-time participant in the individual state tennis tournament and four-time letterman ... one of four children ... father John played basketball at St. Cloud State and was his coach at Litchfield in both basketball and tennis ... member of the National Honor Society ... full name is John David Carlson ... born May 12, 1984, in St. Cloud, Minn. ... graduated in May 2007 from the College of Arts and Letters, with a degree in history ... earned a 3.917 grade-point average in `07 spring semester and finished with a cumulative 3.633 average as Dean's List honoree ... enrolled in graduate studies.