CAREER: Fifth-year offensive lineman who started all 12 games at right guard in 2005 ... approved for extra season of eligibility by Faculty Board on Athletics since he did not play as rookie in 2002 ... rated the number 10 guard in college football for 2006 by The Sporting News ... joins Bob Morton and Ryan Harris as returning three-year lettermen on `06 Irish offensive line ... one of the team's top scholar-athletes ... has played in 35 games during his Irish career ... moved from defensive tackle to offensive guard prior to the 2004 season ... has logged 370:26 of playing time in his career.
2005 (SENIOR): Started all 12 games at right offensive guard ... shared the Westwood One/State Farm Student-Athlete of the Year Award with defensive tackle Trevor Laws ... allowed for flexibility on the offensive line as the Irish rotated players at guard and center due to his contributions ... helped an explosive offense that averaged 36.7 points and 477.3 yards per game (330.2 passing, 147.1 rushing) ... helped lead the way as halfback Darius Walker eclipsed 100 rushing yards in seven games ... a key factor in the Irish garnering 502 total yards (275 rushing, 227 passing) in the season opener, a 42-21 win at Pittsburgh ... helped the offense dominate against Washington with 560 total yards and 36:56 time of possession ... part of an excellent performance by the line against Purdue as the Irish did not allow a sack while leading the offense to 621 total yards (468 passing, 153 rushing) and 49 points ... big part of an offensive outing versus USC that produced 31 points (most by a Trojan foe since 2003), 417 total yards (264 passing, 153 rushing) and 28 first downs while controlling the ball for an astounding 38:40 ... helped the Irish to 49 points, 511 yards of offense and seven TDs in a 49-23 win over BYU ... helped the Irish offense to a big day against Tennessee's highly-rated defense as Notre Dame's offense produced 27 points and 343 yards ... prevented Navy from registering a quarterback sack as the Irish moved for 505 yards, 221 rushing yards and 284 yards via the pass in a 42-21 victory over the Midshipmen ... helped the Irish offense rack up 663 yards (231 rushing, 432 passing) and five TDs in the win over Stanford ... logged 288:22 of playing time with 76 special teams appearances.
2004 (JUNIOR): Moved to the offensive line during spring practice ... played in 11 games, making first career start at left guard against Oregon State in the Insight Bowl ... logged 13:04 of playing time at guard versus Washington ... made 45 special teams appearances and logged a total of 80:51 of playing time for the season.
2003 (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 12 games, almost exclusively on special teams, to earn his first monogram ... played in one game (Stanford) as a reserve defensive tackle ... played 1:13 on the defensive line and made 67 special teams appearances.
2002 (FRESHMAN): Did not see action as a rookie defensive end.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from St. Patrick High School in Chicago ... rated one of the top 100 prep players in the Chicago area by the Chicago Sun-Times ... earned two letters in football at defensive end and tight end ... team captain as a senior ... had 62 tackles, 24 tackles for loss and six sacks as a senior in 2001 ... also played at tight end, averaging 15 yards per catch, with 13 grabs for 173 yards and one TD ... helped his team go 7-4 in 2001 including a playoff victory (first since 1988) after a 2-7 finish in 2000 ... honorable mention pick on the Champaign News-Gazette, Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune all-state teams ... named to the Catholic League Metro all-league team by the Chicago Tribune ... started both ways as a junior in 2000, catching 25 passes for more than 300 yards and six TDs, adding 58 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and eight sacks ... a two-time all-league selection ... attended Notre Dame summer football camp ... earned one letter in baseball as a pitcher and outfielder ... also played forward in basketball ... born Sept. 6, 1983, in Chicago ... full name is Daniel Alan Santucci ... second youngest of four children ... brother Paul played football and baseball at the University of Chicago ... a graduate of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business with a degree in marketing ... enrolled in graduate studies ... a Dean's List honoree with 3.917 grade-point average in `06 spring semester and final undergraduate 3.359 average.