Tommy Rees threw three touchdown passes in his first collegiate start to lead the Irish offense.
CAREER: Hard working defensive lineman who has played in 24 games over his career and started five contests ... played in all 13 games in 2010 and started the final four games of the regular season at nose guard for an injured Ian Williams ... enters fall practice in competition to start in the middle of the Irish defensive line ... saw increased playing time during sophomore season as a backup interior defensive lineman, culminating with a start in the season's home finale against Connecticut.
2010 (JUNIOR): Played in every game for the Irish during the 2010 season, starting the final four games of the regular season against Tulsa, Utah, Army and USC ... entered the starting lineup following the knee injury to now graduated Ian Williams ... recorded 33 tackles, including nine solo stops, and registered three tackles for loss ... tallied two assisted tackles more assisted tackles against Navy, equaling his career-high ... added another tackle for loss against Tulsa ... totaled six tackles, including five as- sisted stops in the victory over Utah ... collected two tackles in the victory at USC ... helped the Irish defense allow just two offensive touchdowns over its last four games of the regular season (Tulsa, Utah, Army and USC) ... the Irish rush defense was dominant over its last three games of the regular season (victories over Utah, Army and USC), limiting the Utes, Black Knights and Trojans to an average of 93.3 yards on the ground ... totaled 431 snaps on defense, the third most of any Irish defensive lineman.
2009 (SOPHOMORE): Played primarily on interior of Irish defensive line, lining up at defensive tackle ... appeared in 11 games for Notre Dame (did not play against Navy) and started home finale against Connecticut ... totaled three tackles, all assisted ... made debut in Irish uniform in sea- son opener against Nevada and recorded one tackle ... also added tackles against Michigan State and Boston College ... tallied 50:06 of playing time and made 12 appearances on special teams.
2008 (FRESHMAN): Did not see any game action.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Picked to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, becoming the first player from his area to be selected for the prestigious game ... named to the Detroit Free Press' Best in the Midwest Top 20 team as the 18th-best player ... rated the 89th- best player in the nation by Tom Lemming ... Rivals.com ranked him the 12th-best defensive tackle in the country and the fourth-best player in Il- linois (two of three players ahead of him were future teammates Steve Filer and Darius Fleming) ... chosen for the Rivals 250 by Rivals.com recognizing him as one of the top 250 players in the country ... Scout.com labeled him the fourth-best player in Illinois and the 14th-best defensive tackle ... led Marian Central to state finals as a junior and semi-finals as a senior ... high school team had nickname "The 300 Spartans" because they played with only 23 players on the roster ... two-time defensive lineman of the year in the Suburban Catholic Conference ... member of the Chicago Tribune's all- state first team ... named to the Chicago Sun-Times all-area football team in 2007 ... named the recipient of the inaugural Mr. Football award, edging out two other finalists including classmate Steve Filer ... tallied 82 tackles with 16 tackles for loss and 11 sacks in senior season ... also served as the team's placekicker after the original placekicker left the team ... two-time selection to the Northwest Herald's all-area first team ... named to Chicago Tribune all-state special mention team following junior year ... as a junior, totaled 102 tackles with 17 sacks and was named all-state, academic all- state and all-conference ... didn't play organized football until ninth grade ... played for coach Ed Brucker at Marian Central ... graduated from Marian Central in December and enrolled at Notre Dame in January 2008 ... gradu- ated from Mendoza College of Business, with a degree in management- consulting ... earned a 3.267 grade-point average in the fall `08 semester and a 3.412 GPA in spring `09 ... graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.377 ... enrolled in MBA program ... born Nov. 15, 1989 ... son of Fred and Nancy Cwynar ... youngest of three sons.