Returns for his final season as the starter at strongside linebacker ... has earned three monograms for the Irish ... has started 24 of the Notre Dame's 25 games over the last two seasons ... has produced a total of 100 tackles over the last two seasons ... one of the team's undisputed leaders ... has extensive experience at both inside and outside linebacker and could play both positions this season ... an excellent all-around athlete ... also a contributor on special teams.
2003 (SENIOR): Started all 12 games ... was fourth on the team with 66 tackles (42 solos) ... also produced 6.5 tackles for loss (35 yards), 4.5 quarterback sacks (33 yards), intercepted two passes, broke up a pass, forced two fumbles and recovered a fumble ... made his first career interception versus Washington State and posted seven tackles versus the Cougars ... made four tackles against Michigan ... recorded four tackles versus Michigan State ... registered four tackles against Purdue, including a career-high two sacks for a total loss of 14 yards ... posted three tackles against Pittsburgh, including one sack for a loss of 10 yards and forced a fumble ... recorded eight tackles versus Southern California ... tallied a career-high 11 tackles (all solos) and forced a fumble against Boston College ... 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 ... recorded five tackles versus Florida State, including one for a loss of a yard ... had a fumble recovery and four assisted tackles versus Navy ... intercepted a pass versus Brigham Young, broke up a pass and recorded six tackles (including half a sack for a loss of four yards) ... posted five solo tackles against Stanford, including one sack for a loss of five yards ... notched five tackles versus Syracuse ... played 258:58 on the season.
2002 (JUNIOR): Moved from inside linebacker to become the starter at outside linebacker ... played in all 13 games, starting 12 ... finished 10th on the team in tackles with 34 (23 solos), including seven tackles for loss (42 yards), four quarterback sacks (22 yards), broke up two passes and recovered a fumble ... made his first career start and recorded three tackles versus Maryland ... recorded one tackle for a loss and had first career fumble recovery against Purdue ... posted three tackles and first career pass break-up versus Michigan ... recorded five tackles against Michigan State, including one for a loss ... recorded his first career sack versus Stanford for a loss of eight yards ... had four tackles against Pittsburgh, including a sack for a loss of eight yards ... helped the defense hold Air Force (ranked no. 1 in rushing offense in the nation) to 104 yards rushing, its lowest rushing total of the season ... helped hold Florida State to 93 yards rushing, its lowest rushing total of the season ... recorded two tackles, including one sack, against Boston College ... posted four tackles against Navy, including one sack for a loss of four yards ... did not start against Rutgers due to the team opening in nickel defense ... broke up a pass and had his first career forced fumble against Rutgers ... had four tackles against USC ... played 184:12 and made 70 special teams appearances on the season.
2001 (SOPHOMORE): Played in 11 games as a reserve linebacker ... credited with two tackles on the season ... made those tackles (the first of his Irish career) against Texas A&M, including one for loss ... made 49 special teams appearances in 2001, including five versus Navy and Purdue ... played 11:16 on defense on the season.
2000 (FRESHMAN): Did not see action as a rookie outside linebacker in 2000.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Sealy High School in Sealy, Texas ... honorable mention pick on the USA Today All-America team ... rated one of top 100 players in Texas by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (one of 12 linebackers), The Dallas Morning News (one of 11 linebackers) and the Houston Chronicle (one of 13 linebackers) ... a first-team pick as linebacker on the District 25-3A team and won the district defensive MVP award ... earned three letters in football at linebacker ... helped Sealy to the state title game as a senior in 1999 ... recorded 143 tackles, four sacks, eight tackles for loss and three interceptions as senior ... a three-year starter who had started 26 straight games heading into his senior season, including all 16 in Sealy's 1997 state championship season ... had 80 tackles, four interceptions, eight tackles for loss and four caused fumbles as junior in 1998, winning him all-state honors ... averaged 40 yards as punter in 1998 and 1999 and also played on offense ... helped Sealy to four straight league titles, plus state titles in 1996 and 1997 ... a two-time captain and team MVP in football ... selected for the Texas-Oklahoma Oil Bowl all-star game and the Southwestern Bell North-South Texas all-star game ... also played baseball, winning four letters as outfielder, shortstop and third baseman, winning all-district honors, and captaining team three straight years ... earned three letters in basketball, captaining the team three times and winning team MVP honors as a sophomore and junior ... averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds as a senior in basketball ... full name is Derek Christopher Curry ... born Sept 5, 1981, in Houston ... a brother, Dante, played football at Southern Arkansas ... younger of two children ... involved in a wide variety of community service projects ... enrolled in Mendoza College of Business, majoring in management information systems.
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