Veteran cornerback who has earned three monograms for the Irish ... will battle for the starting job at right cornerback and will be a key member of the Irish special teams ... has tremendous speed as he placed sixth in the 200 meters at the 2004 BIG EAST Outdoor Track and Field Championships running a time of 21.66 ... also was third in both the 60 and 200 at the 2002 BIG EAST indoor meet ... has earned track & field monograms in 2002 and 2004 ... has made 319 special teams appearances and has played in 34 games in his career ... also can return kickoffs, as he did in 2002 and 2003.
2003 (JUNIOR): Played in 10 games, nine of them at defensive back, and made six starts at right cornerback (Pittsburgh, USC, Boston College, Florida State, Stanford, Syracuse) ... credited with 21 tackles (16 solos), broke up two passes, forced a fumble and had a quarterback hurry ... recorded two solo tackles versus Purdue ... made his first career start against Pittsburgh, playing at right cornerback ... broke up a pass and made a solo tackle versus the Panthers ... started at right cornerback versus Southern California ... posted a career-high nine tackles versus USC after having nine total tackles over his prior 16 games ... also had a pass break-up against the Trojans ... had one tackle versus Florida State and returned two kickoffs for 40 yards ... recorded one tackle against Brigham Young ... made three tackles and forced a fumble against Stanford ... recorded two solo tackles against Syracuse ... played 178:19 and made 64 special teams appearances on the season.
2002 (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 13 games, mostly on special teams ... made five tackles (three solos) on the season ... returned one kickoff for seven yards ... recorded two tackles against Michigan State ... saw action at cornerback versus Maryland and Stanford ... saw action as a return man on kickoffs against Boston College ... made his first career kickoff return against Navy, a seven-yard return ... credited with 5:40 of playing time on defense and made 133 special teams appearances on the season.
2001 (FRESHMAN): Played in 10 games with all of the action coming on special teams, playing in every game except the Nebraska opener ... credited with three tackles (two solos) on the season ... made a great block on Julius Jones' 53-yard punt return against Michigan State ... recorded his first career tackle against Texas A&M ... recorded a career-high two tackles on special teams against Boston College ... made 122 special teams appearances on the season, including 13 vs. Navy and 19 vs. both Stanford and Purdue.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Wharton High School in Tampa, Fla. ... made 70 tackles, intercepted three passes and broke up 16 others as senior in 2000 ... also had 589 receiving yards and scored six times at wide receiver, in addition to 348 rushing yards ... Florida Class 4A state champion in 2001 in the 100 (10.60) and 200 (21.35) meters ... rushed 107 times for 947 yards and caught 12 passes for 218 yards as junior in 1999, in addition to returning a punt 60 yards for a touchdown ... career totals: 2,034 rushing yards, 1,135 receiving yards, 38 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions ... moved to Tampa in the summer of 2000 ... New York 100-meter champion in track as a junior, with a top time of 10.62 in the 100 meters ... a three-time captain in track, two-time captain in football ... former Irish offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers was his Little League baseball coach in Syracuse, N.Y., and Rogers' wife Betty was his grade-school gym teacher ... coached at Wharton High School by former USC and Tampa Bay Bucs standout linebacker Richard Wood ... full name is Dwight L. Ellick ... second youngest of four children ... born Sept. 30, 1982 in Syracuse, N.Y. ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business ... posted a 3.084 grade-point average in the spring of 2002.
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