Entering his second season as the Irish starter at free safety
is a three-year monogram winner for the Irish
talented all-around athlete with skills to play on either side of ball
one of the hardest hitters in the nation
started all 13 games for the Irish in 02
second on the Irish in tackles with 81 in 02
extremely smart and reacts well
was second on the team in minutes played with 346:56
will be a team leader in the secondary this season
was a game captain for the Michigan State game.
AS A SENIOR: Starting free safety for Irish in 2002
second on team in tackles with 81
served as a game captain vs. Michigan State
tied for team lead in tackles vs. Maryland with eight
recorded seven tackles and broke up one pass vs. Purdue
recorded five tackles and a fumble recovery vs. Michigan
had six tackles vs. Michigan State
recorded seven tackles vs. Stanford
recovered fumble caused by his first career forced fumble vs. Pittsburgh late in game, putting Irish in position to score a touchdown
also posted five tackles vs. Pittsburgh
recorded three tackles vs. Air Force, including one for a loss
led team in tackles vs. Florida State with a season-high 11 tackles, including one sack for a loss of nine yards
also made first interception since 00, forced a fumble, and broke up three passes vs. Florida State
named ABC/Chevrolet Player of the Game vs. Florida State
tied for team lead with seven tackles vs. Boston College
recorded six tackles and made second interception of the season vs. Navy
had four tackles vs. Rutgers
tied for team lead vs. USC with nine tackles.
AS A JUNIOR: Reserve defensive back for Irish in 2001
missed Michigan State game after injuring a quadriceps muscle early vs. Nebraska
played vs. Texas A&M after missing a week due to injury
played vs. Pittsburgh and recorded first four tackles of the season
returned to full-time playing duties vs. USC
had five tackles, including his first career tackle for loss vs. USC
recorded three tackles vs. Boston College
recorded season-high six tackles vs. Tennessee
made second start of the season vs. Stanford ... played and made third start of the season vs. Purdue, leading the Irish with a career-high 12 tackles, including first two career sacks
also recovered a fumble vs. Purdue.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Reserve defensive back in 2000 after not seeing game action as a freshman flanker
played on special teams in each game, making 167 regular-season appearances - then 12 more in 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl vs. Oregon State
appeared in secondary in eight games (not vs. Texas A&M, Nebraska, Purdue and Boston College), including starts vs. Air Force and Oregon State
played in first career game vs. Texas A&M, making 16 special-team appearances
blocked Travis Dorschs punt on first drive of the game vs. Boilermakers, setting up Notre Dames first touchdown
registered first four career tackles vs. Spartans
had three stops vs. Navy
blocked 28-yard Dave Adams field goal attempt as time expired in regulation vs. Air Force, sending the game to overtime where the Irish won 34-31
this marked the first Notre Dame field goal block since Tyreo Harrison blocked a first-quarter field goal vs. Tennessee in 1999
also made first career start vs. Falcons (with regular Ron Israel idled by injury) and played every defensive snap, registering career-high eight tackles and recovering a fumble
logged 28:30 playing time vs. Air Force after having just 21:51 in the previous seven games
started at free safety vs. Oregon State in Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and made three tackles.
AS A FRESHMAN: Did not see game action as rookie flanker in 99.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: USA Today honorable mention All-America pick
played wide receiver and defensive back while earning two letters at Naperville North High School in Naperville, Ill.
played cornerback as senior in 98
helped team to 10-3 mark as senior, making 56 tackles, breaking up 17 passes and intercepting four passes
caught 38 passes, six for touchdowns, for 650 yards in 98
first-team all-state pick in 98 by Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune
named DuPage Valley conferences top defensive player in 98
claimed all-conference and team MVP honors as senior and helped 97 team to league title
won two letters in basketball, winning all-league recognition as senior and helping team to conference title as junior
cousin Acie played basketball at Iowa and professionally for the Boston Celtics
father Glenn played football at Indiana State
second oldest of three children
born June 10, 1981 in Southfield, Mich.
had 3.333 grade-point average during 99 fall semester
enrolled in College of Arts and Letters, majoring in economics and computer applications.