Fighting Irish open the season with first shutout since 2002.
CAREER:Fiesty and aggressive lineman has the second-longest consecutive games started streak on the roster and has started the third most games of any Irish player on the squad ... selected to Sporting News' preseason All-America third team ... tabbed the 25th-best guard in the nation by Phil Steele ... started 19 consecutive contests and played in 32 games in his career ... one of the leaders of the offensive line and moves to center from left guard for his senior year ... one of four returning starters on the offensive line and one of six linemen with starting experience.
2008 (JUNIOR): Started all 13 games for the Irish in 2008 as an offensive guard ... blocked for a rushing attack that totaled 122 yards on the ground and did not surrender a sack in season-opening victory over San Diego State ... protected quarterback Jimmy Clausen by not allowing a sack in consecutive weeks vs. San Diego State and Michigan ... played a key role in allowing the Irish run game gain 201 yards vs. Purdue ... blocked well throughout the game as the Irish piled up 459 total yards in the contest against Washington ... helped the Notre Dame offense gain 478 total yards against Hawai'i in the Hawai'i Bowl victory ... logged 348:12 of playing time on the season and made 61 special-teams appearances.
2007 (SOPHOMORE):Appeared in 11 games (did not play at Purdue) and started the final six contests at right guard ... played as a backup guard and on special teams in five of the first six games of the season ... garnered first start of Irish career vs. Boston College ... finished the remainder of the season as the starting right guard for Notre Dame ... registered 171:45 of playing time on the season and made 59 special-teams appearances.
2006 (FRESHMAN): Young but powerful back up offensive guard recorded 20:45 of playing time in eight games.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from Brooklyn Poly Prep in Brooklyn, N.Y. ... Gatorade Player of the Year for 2005 in New York ... played offensive tackle and defensive end at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, N.Y. ... three-year starter who helped Poly Prep produce a 1,000-yard rusher in each of those seasons ... never allowed a sack in his high school career and accounted for 53 tackles, eight sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries on defense ... helped team to 5-3 mark as senior in '05 ... selected his team's top offensive player as junior in '04 ... from same high school as former Irish center J.W. Jordan (1998-2001) and former running back Marcus Wilson (2001-04) ... a standout in lacrosse who scored 50 goals as junior in '05 while leading Poly Prep to league title ... attended Notre Dame '05 summer football camp ... born June 16, 1988 ... son of Andrew and Joanne Olsen ... high school coach was Craig Jacoby ... enrolled in College of Arts and Letters and majoring in industrial design.