Record-setting performances by Clausen, Tate highlight 49-21 victory over Hawai'i.
CAREER: One of three captains of 2008 Irish squad, joining Maurice Crum Jr. and David Grimes ... top returning tackler on 2008 roster after ranking third on the team and pacing the secondary in 2007 with 85 tackles ... enters '08 with the second-most career tackles (117) on the team (behind Maurice Crum Jr., 240 tackles) ... also has recorded one sack, 5.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, three passes broken up, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery ... logged 351:29 of playing time in 35 games and has started 11 contests while making 444 special teams appearances ... primarily a special teams player in his first two seasons before starting at free safety throughout his junior year in 2007 ... the top gunner on the punt coverage unit as a sophomore and junior ... one of two returning starters in the Notre Dame secondary ... named to the Nagurski Watch List (defensive player of the year) for 2008 ... rated the 12th-best safety in the nation by Lindy's and the No. 19 free safety by Phil Steele in the `08 preseason... named to `08 Jim Thorpe Award Watch List.
2007 (JUNIOR): Ranked third on the team and tops in the secondary with 85 tackles ... also posted one sack, 4.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, two passes broken up, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery ... played in all 12 contests, starting 11 games at free safety (did not start vs. Navy) ... notched five games with at least nine tackles ... started first career game in season opener vs. Georgia Tech ... recorded best game in his Irish career, recording career highs with nine tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack ... suited up vs. Penn State, making two tackles (one solo, one assist) ... led the Irish with nine tackles against Michigan ... led the Irish in solo tackles with eight (totalled 15) against Michigan State ... added an interception vs. the Spartans in the second quarter ... recorded three solo tackles against Purdue ... recorded one interception with a 17-yard return vs. UCLA to set up first Irish touchdown ... made four solo tackles vs. the Bruins ... had six solo tackles vs. Boston College ... had one forced fumble against USC ... made two solo and 3 assisted tackles vs. the Trojans ... made four tackles (two solo, two assist) vs. Navy ... recorded 13 tackles (seven solo, six assist) against Air Force ... made six tackles (three solo/three assisted) and had a fumble recovery against Duke ... tied for the team lead (with Tom Zbikowski and Joe Brockington) with nine tackles vs. Stanford ... made his third interception of the season at Stanford ... logged 319:02 of playing time and made 169 special teams appearances ... named defensive MVP of the 2007 Blue-Gold Game after returning an interception 35 yards for a touchdown and recording four tackles.
2006 (SOPHOMORE): Played in 12 of 13 games for the Irish, on both special teams and as a reserve safety (did not play at Georgia Tech) ... recorded 11 special teams tackles ... recorded 18 total tackles on the season ... after making first appearance of season vs. Penn State, recorded two tackles against Michigan ... recorded three tackles vs. Stanford ... made solo tackles vs. Purdue and UCLA ... recorded a season-high five tackles in home finale vs. Army, including one for loss ... registered two tackles in final regular season game at USC ... recorded four special teams tackles in the Sugar Bowl against LSU ... logged 28:32 of playing time and made 113 special teams appearances.
2005 (FRESHMAN): Played in 11 games (all but USC), primarily on special teams ... made 14 tackles (10 solos) and broke up a pass ... recorded his first career tackle (solo) vs. Michigan ... made one solo tackle at safety in the win at Washington ... had a huge day on kickoff coverage at Purdue, logging five solo tackles and stopping return men inside the Purdue 20 on three occasions ... also played 3:55 at safety against the Boilermakers ... made 17 special teams appearances vs. BYU ... made two tackles (one solo) on special teams against Tennessee ... made two tackles (one solo) on special teams vs. Navy ... made two tackles (one solo) at Stanford ... assisted on his lone tackle of the game vs. Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl ... logged 3:55 of playing time with 162 special teams appearances.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from Miamisburg (Ohio) High School ... made 54 tackles, three interceptions and broke up seven passes as a senior ... caught 10 passes for 200 yards as a receiver ... averaged 41 yards on four kickoff returns ... earned All-Division I-II all-area honors from Dayton Daily News ... won all-district honors on defense ... all-conference and special mention all-Southwest Ohio as a junior ... as a junior in 2003, intercepted eight passes, made 58 tackles and had 270 receiving yards ... attended Notre Dame football camp in the summer of 2004 ... coached by Tim Lewis ... full name is David Lee Bruton ... born July 23, 1987, in Winchester, Ky. ... older of two children ... son of David Sr. and Constance Bruton ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters, majoring in political science and sociology ... earned a 3.176 grade-point average in '07 fall semester.