Images from Saturday of Notre Dame preparing for the BCS National Championship Game.
JUNIOR SEASON (2013): Played in each of the final six games, making four starts ... was Notre Dame's starter at right guard against BYU (Nov. 23) and Stanford (Nov. 30) ... made his first career start against Navy (Nov. 2) at left guard ... started at left guard in the 29-16 victory over Rutgers in the 2013 New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 28) ... part of an offensive line that allowed just eight sacks and ranked second in the FBS in fewest sacks allowed ... no team in the nation allowed fewer sacks and attempted more passes than Notre Dame (eight sacks on 429 pass attempts) in '13 ... area of great improvement for the Fighting Irish ... in 2012, Notre Dame allowed more than twice as many sacks (18) on 41 fewer passing attempts (388) ... helped the Irish run the ball for a season-high 235 yards while not allowing a sack on 28 passing attempts in the victory over BYU (Nov. 23) ... Michigan State entered the game against Notre Dame (Sept. 21) ranked 14th in the FBS in sacks - averaging 3.0 per game, but the Irish did not allow a single sack in 34 pass attempts against the Spartans ... Notre Dame struggled to run the ball against Purdue (Sept. 14), but the Irish were successful on its final drive to run out the clock (ran for 42 yards on final drive; just 49 prior to the drive) ... Notre Dame ran the final 7:22 off the game clock and the Irish converted four third-down plays on the final drive ... Arizona State and Stanford both rank tied for seventh in the FBS in sacks per game (3.08) yet the duo managed a combined one sack against the Irish.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2012): Played in six games (Navy, Michigan, Boston College, Wake Forest, USC and Alabama) on special teams and as a reserve offensive lineman.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Did not see game action during the season.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked third-best player in Connecticut by Rivals.com ... named first-team all-state by Connecticut High School Coaches Association as senior in 2010 ... selected all-Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference ... landed on 2010 Walter Camp Foundation All-Connecticut Team ... tabbed one of top 30 players in Connecticut for 2010 by New Haven Register ... second-team offensive selection for MaxPreps Junior All-American Team in 2009 ... named first-team all-state as junior by Connecticut High School Football Coaches Association and New Haven Register ... aided New Canaan High School in New Canaan, Conn., to 11-2 record as senior in 2010 ... assisted offense in rushing for 233 yards against Trinity Catholic in 48-8 victory in 2010 ... helped open rushing lanes as New Canaan gained 292 rushing yards in 49-0 triumph over Seymour in 2010 ... started as sophomore and junior in 2008 and 2009 and helped guide New Canaan to Connecticut state titles both years ... threw discus for first time on track and field team as junior in 2010 ... father, Terry, played as starting quarterback at Notre Dame from 1966-68 and was sophomore standout on 1966 Irish national championship squad ... Terry earned consensus All-America honors as senior in 1968 and finished third in Heisman Trophy voting ... Terry set Notre Dame career marks for pass completions, passing yards and passing TDs, completing 304 of 550 career passes for 4,152 yards and 27 TDs ... Terry was second-round 1969 NFL Draft selection (30th overall pick) and went on to play for NFL Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969-75 and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976 ... played for coach Lou Marinelli at New Canaan High School ... son of Terry and Kelly Hanratty ... enrolled in Mendoza College of Business, majoring in management consulting.