AS A SOPHOMORE: Reserve safety for Irish in 2001. . . made 160 special teams appearances in 11 games combined. . .forced fumble and recorded career-high five tackles vs. Michigan State?recorded first interception of his career vs. Pittsburgh which was also Notre Dame's first interception of the season?made first career fumble recovery vs. Pittsburgh, sparking a 99-yard Irish scoring drive. . .tied career high with five tackles vs. West Virginia?recorded a sack, an interception, broke up another pass attempt, and forced a fumble vs. USC. . . made one tackle and had a pass deflection vs. Boston College. . .had two tackles vs. Tennessee?tied career high with five tackles vs. Navy?recorded four tackles vs. Stanford?broke up two passes vs. Purdue.
AS A FRESHMAN: Did not see game action as rookie safety after switching from quarterback to
defensive back during two-a-day drills in August.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Played quarterback as well as defense in '99, making 23 tackles on
defensive side . . . threw for 1,087 yards and 12 touchdowns as senior in
'99, while also rushing for 542 yards and 11 TDs . . . named first-team
all-state in class 2A. . . also named first-team All-Gridiron by the
Sunshine Channel. . . was the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel Offensive Player
of the Year . . . won the Lou Groza Outstanding High School Player of the
Year Award for Palm Beach County . . . named amateur athlete of the year
the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame . . . named one of Florida's top
35 all-star players last season. . . most valuable player and team captain
his junior and senior seasons. . . played in the annual Florida/Georgia
Florida/California football all-star games. . .offensive player of the
yearheaded into senior campaign having rushed for 1,427 yards and 21 TDs
while throwing for 1,438 yards and 15 TDs and also making 100 tackles and
five interceptions . . . helped Cardinal Newman to consecutive Class AAA
titles in basketball - including 32-3 record as senior - while averaging
7.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game as senior . . . named to
the all-state tournament team and was all-conferece. . . also served as
basketball team captain his junior and senior seasons. . . was the
first-ever four-year letterwinner in two sports at Cardinal Newman. . .
attended Notre Dame football camp in summer of '99 . . . high school coach
Sam Budnyk is a '55 Notre Dame graduate . . . attended same high school as
former Irish standouts John Carney and Alonzo Jefferson . . . enrolled in
Mendoza College of Business.