CAREER: One of college football's most productive tight ends ... figures to compete for national acclaim this season ... a legitimate contender for the John Mackey Award, given annually to college football's finest tight end ... stands to get plenty of looks in Notre Dame's new offense ... an excellent receiver who also shows good speed in the open field ... has developed into a good blocker ... has been a vital component of the Notre Dame offense the last two seasons ... rough and tumble type of player ... 2005 will be his third season of action and he could be eligible for a fifth year in 2006 as he did not play in his freshman season of 2002.
2005 (SENIOR): Was one of three finalists for the John Mackey Award, presented every season to college football's outstanding tight end ... a crucial player in the Irish offensive explosion this season ... has made 45 catches through 11 games this season, the second-highest total by a tight end in Notre Dame history ... ranks second in Notre Dame history for career catches by a tight end with 90 ... has started all 11 contests at tight end and has 23 career starts ... has 45 receptions for 564 yards (12.5 yards per catch) and two touchdowns with a long of 43 yards (vs. Tennessee) ... caught three passes for 19 yards in the win over Stanford ... made two catches for seven yards in the win over Syracuse ... had four catches for 70 yards (17.5-yard average) and a touchdown in the win over Navy, including a 30-yard catch to set up a score ... caught four passes for 78 yards and a touchdown against Tennessee ... scored on a career-long 43-yard catch against the Volunteers to give the Irish a 7-0 lead ... made five catches for 55 yards in the win over BYU ... had four catches for 86 yards against USC, including gains of 36 and 22 yards ... made two catches for 30 yards (15-yard average) against Purdue with a long of 19 yards ... had six catches for 66 yards (11-yard average), including a 21-yard catch, in the win at Washington ... made seven catches for 93 yards, including a 24-yard reception, against Michigan State ... had four receptions for 18 yards in the 17-10 win at Michigan ... made four catches for 42 yards, including an 18-yard reception, in the 42-21 win at Pittsburgh in the season opener ... has made three tackles (one solo) on special teams this season ... has logged 314:26 of playing time with 103 special teams appearances.
2004 (JUNIOR): Played in 11 games with nine starts ... was second on the team with a career-best 27 catches for 367 yards and four touchdowns ... made four catches for 60 yards in the season-opener at BYU ... had three catches for 41 yards and a career-high two touchdowns against Washington ... named the John Mackey National Tight End of the Week following his performance against Purdue ... caught a career-high eight passes for 155 yards versus Purdue ... the 155 receiving yards is a single-game record for a Notre Dame tight end ... longest reception against the Boilermakers went for a career-long 42 yards ... did not play against Stanford due to an injury ... had one catch for 18 yards versus Navy ... hauled in three passes for 12 yards versus Boston College ... caught two passes, including an eight-yard touchdown, at Tennessee ... had three catches for 27 yards against Pittsburgh ... made two catches for 25 yards versus USC including one 20-yard reception ... his only catch against Oregon State in the Insight Bowl was a 13-yard reception for a touchdown (his fourth of the season) ... logged 136:49 of playing time and made ten special teams appearances.
2003 (SOPHOMORE): Played in 11 games and started three times (Pittsburgh, Boston College and Syracuse) ... fourth on the team in receptions with 18 for 169 yards (9.4 avg.) and two touchdowns ... developed into a key part of the tight end rotation with Billy Palmer, Jared Clark and Marcus Freeman ... played regularly on special teams ... made his first catch for the Irish versus Michigan, a 19-yard reception in the fourth quarter ... had one reception for 15 yards versus Michigan State ... made his first career start against Pittsburgh and led the Irish in receiving with two receptions for 15 yards ... led team in receiving versus Southern California with four receptions for 33 yards including his first career touchdown catch from two yards out ... started against Boston College (the Irish opened the game with two tight ends) and had a career-high 48 yards on four catches ... had three receptions for 18 yards versus Florida State ... caught three passes for 21 yards and a touchdown versus Syracuse ... logged 102:07 and made 153 special teams appearances.
2002 (FRESHMAN): Did not see action as a rookie tight end.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Verona (N.J.) High School ... first-team New Jersey all-state pick by Newark Star-Ledger ... helped team to New Jersey state title among Group 1 schools ... earned four letters in football as tight end and defensive lineman ... threw game-winning PAT pass in 2001 state title game ... caught 78 passes for 1,460 yards and a county-record 23 touchdowns as senior in 2001 ... finished with 42 career touchdown receptions (county record) ... caught 42 passes for 744 yards and 12 touchdowns for 9-1 team as a junior in 2000 ... had 168 career catches for more than 2,500 yards ... made 119 solo tackles as a senior, after 69 tackles as a junior ... two-time captain in football ... set Verona records for receptions in a season and career, touchdowns in a season, solo tackles in a season ... played in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl in San Antonio ... selected for the Governor's Bowl between New York and New Jersey prep stars ... earned 12 varsity letters, including four as a forward in basketball, two in baseball and two in track (javelin, shot put, 200 meters) ... won New Jersey Group I state title in javelin, with a throw of 185-1 during 2001 in his first year competing in the event ... two-time all-league pick in baseball and three-time all-conference selection in track ... captain of the track team as senior in 2002 ... two-time all-state pick in track ... two-time captain in basketball ... pitched a one-hitter in baseball in his first outing as a freshman ... attended Notre Dame summer football camp ... member of Notre Dame Student-Athlete Advisory Council ... born April 20, 1984, in Glen Ridge, N.J. ... second oldest of four children ... full name is Anthony Joseph Fasano ... enrolled in Mendoza College of Business with a major in marketing.
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