AS A JUNIOR: Walk-on third-string center for Irish in 2000 played in all 12 games, including 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl . . . earned his first monogram for the Irish in '00 . . . handled snapping duties on field goals and extra points. . . was snapper on Nick Setta's game-winning field goal against Purdue . . . snapped ball to Setta, who threw for 25-yard touchdown to Tom Lopienski on fake field goal vs. Rutgers . . . made 60 reguar-season special team appearances . . . an Academic All-America nominee for Irish in 2000. . . winner of the 2000 State Farm/Athlete Award of the Year.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Two-year starter at center and long snapper while at Edina High School ... served as captain his senior year ... academic all-state his senior year .. .two-time football scholar athlete ... also a golf letterwinner at Edina High School ... earned a perfect 4.0 while at Edina High School ... enrolled in Mendoza College of Business, as finance major with 3.656 cumulative grade-point average . . . a Dean's List student with 3.733 average during 2001 spring semester.