One of four captains for the Irish in 2001 ... great multipurpose player who can run, catch, throw and return kicks ... a seventh-round draft pick of the New England Patriots ... recorded 72 receptions in his career, averaging over 11 yards a catch ... ran, caught and threw for a touchdown in his career ... also the Irish leader on special teams as he blocked three kicks in '00.
AS A SENIOR: Irish starter at flanker in 2001 ... served as one of four team captains for the Irish this season ... named to Football News preseason all-independent team ... recorded a then career-high seven catches vs. Nebraska ... saw limited action vs. Michigan State (:08) due to injured quadriceps muscle ... able to return and contribute in the Irish offense vs. Texas A&M with two catches for 25 yards ... led the Irish with five receptions vs. Pittsburgh ... tied for the team high in receptions with four for 49 yards vs. USC ... pulled in three catches for 21 yards vs. Boston College ... also completed a 29-yard pass to Javin Hunter on the reverse halfback option in the fourth quarter ... recorded career highs in both receptions (nine) and receiving yards (99) vs. Tennessee ... his nine catches were the most by an Irish player since Bobby Brown had 12 vs. Pittsburgh in 1999 ... the 99 yards were the most by a Notre Dame receiver since Joey Getherall had 116 vs. Air Force in 2000 ... named NBC/Chevrolet Notre Dame Player of the Game vs. Tennessee. . . did not play vs. Navy due to groin injurySreturned to action and started vs. StanfordSrecorded career-high 43-yard kickoff return vs. Purdue ... also recorded two receptions vs. Purdue.
AS A JUNIOR: Irish regular at flanker in 2000, working as part of three-pronged wide receiving corps with Joey Getherall and Javin Hunter ... led team in receptions (25) and led wide receivers in playing time ... helped Irish rank 12th in the country in punt returns (15.13) and third in kick returns (24.92) ... played in all 12 games in 2000, starting seven times, including vs. Oregon State in 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl ... rushed four times for 16 yards and also caught a 21-yard pass in starting role vs. Texas A&M ... gained seven yards on key fourth-down carry in fourth period TD drive that gave Irish 21-10 lead ... returned opening kickoff a career-long 41 yards against Nebraska ... had only Irish catch of first half (nine yards) against the Huskers ... had career bests with six catches for 86 yards to lead team vs. Purdue ... took one snap at quarterback against Michigan State, rushing for two yards ... caught 17-yard touchdown from Matt LoVecchio to cap off 91-yard opening scoring drive for a 7-0 lead vs. Stanford ... blocked Mike Biselli punt in final minute of first half and scored on an eight-yard pass from LoVecchio two plays later to extend the Irish lead to 14-0 ... finished with three receptions for 34 yards in start vs. Cardinal and also ran five times for 23 yards ... became the first Irish wide receiver with two touchdown receptions in a game since Derrick Mayes in the 1996 Orange Bowl vs. Florida State and the first in the regular season since Mayes did it against Navy in '95 ... was named the NBC Sports/Chevrolet Notre Dame MVP for his efforts against Stanford ... had team-high four catches vs. Navy for 63 yards ... had five-yard rushing score to give Irish lead for good 21-14 vs. West Virginia, just three plays after the Mountaineers were unable to get a punt off ... took pitch and threw to Joey Getherall in third quarter vs. West Virginia for 52-yard completion to set up another Irish score that gave ND a 35-14 lead ... also had 21 yards on career-high eight carries ... took handoff career-long 37 yards for a touchdown to give Irish 21-10 lead late in third quarter vs. Air Force ... blocked Mike Barr punt in third quarter vs. Rutgers to set up Javin Hunter touchdown to give Irish 31-17 lead ... blocked Mike MacGillivray punt in first quarter vs. USC, allowing Irish to take 7-0 lead on Terrance Howard score ... Notre Dame's leading receiver in 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl vs. Oregon State with four catches for 23 yards.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Irish contributor most of '99 at flanker slot ... started vs. Michigan, catching first two passes of his career for 34 yards, and again vs. Arizona State and USC, playing in all 12 games ... caught 13-yard pass vs. Purdue ... had first rushing carry of season vs. Oklahoma for four yards ... three-yard touchdown run against Tennessee marked first rushing score permitted by Vols all season ... threw 21-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Brown on flea flicker in third quarter vs. Pittsburgh to tie score at 17-17 ... later that period caught 27-yard TD pass from Jarious Jackson to pull Irish within three at 27-24 ... recorded career highs with five catches for 48 yards vs. Boston College ... made 118 special team appearances.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in all 12 games in '98, earning starting assignments in two of the last four regular-season games vs. Boston College and USC ... played a slotback role as both receiver and running back, also making 55 regular-season special-team appearances ... worked with kickoff return and punt return squads ... made eight more special-team appearances in '98 Gator Bowl vs. Georgia Tech, including one kickoff return ... earned starting assignment at flanker vs. Boston College ... gave Irish legitimate deep threat with speed ... scored first Irish touchdown vs. LSU on 22-yard gain on option pitch ... other rushing carries came vs. Baylor (one) and Michigan State (two) ... also started vs. USC as Irish opened without a tight end ... had kickoff returns vs. Michigan State and Purdue.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated 53rd best player nationally by Chicago Sun-Times and 59th best player by The Sporting News ... rated one of top 100 players nationally by Dallas Morning News ... USA Today honorable mention All-America pick ... earned three letters in football at Humble High School in Humble, Texas, while playing eight different positions ... split time in '97 between wide receiver (13 catches for 255 yards and four touchdowns), quarterback (21 of 52 for 337 yards and two TDs) and running back (71 carries for 331 yards and four TDs) ... helped team to 9-2 record and second straight district championship ... had 1,448 all-purpose yards as junior - 465 yards and five TDs rushing, 18 catches for 253 and three TDs, six of seven passing for 136 and two TDs, 317 kick return yards and 245 punt return yards ... helped team to three straight conference titles ... captain of team as senior ... two-time all-state, all-city and all-league pick ... selected for Texas-California all-star football game ... earned four letters in track (sprint and weight events), earning team MVP honors as senior ... from same high school as former Irish outside linebacker Bert Berry ... older brother Jesse played football for Yale ... full name is David Lamar Givens ... born 8-16-80 in Youngstown, Ohio ... third oldest of five children ... graduated in May 2002 with a degree from the College of Arts and Letters, with major in design.
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