Irish rally comes up four yards short against sxith-ranked Trojans.
CAREER: Critical member of special-teams units who saw playing time on defense increase as junior season progressed ... quick and rangy player for his size who has 32 career tackles with one and a half career sacks and a forced fumble... has played in each of last 36 games in his Irish career, primarily on special teams ... has led the Irish in special teams tackles each of the last two seasons (11 each year) ... enters the fall competing for playing time at outside linebacker.
2010 (JUNIOR): Saw action in all 13 games for the Irish during the 2010 season ... totaled 14 tackles on the season, including eight solo stops ... led all Notre Dame players in all three special teams tackles categories, including 11 overall stops on special teams, nine on kickoff return and two on punt return ... recorded one solo tackle against Purdue ... registered two solo stops against both Stanford and Boston College ... posted another solo tackles versus Pittsburgh ... added a career-best four tackles, all assisted, in the victory over Western Michigan ... posted a single stop against Navy, Utah and USC ... totaled 270 snaps on special teams, tied with Bennett Jackson and Dan Fox for the most of any Irish player ... totaled 38 snaps on defense.
2009 (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in all 12 contests during 2009 campaign at both outside linebacker and on special teams ... received increased playing time later in season as an edge pass rusher ... tallied 18 tackles including one and a half tackles for loss, one and a half sacks and one forced fumble ... led team in total special teams tackles (11) and kickoff return tackles (10) and tied for team-high honors in punt return tackles (one) ... recorded first multi-tackle game in season opener against Nevada as he totaled two tackles ... notched career-high four tackles against Washington ... picked up first career half sack against USC as part of a three-tackle performance ... tallied one sack against Washington State, in addition to first career forced fumble ... regis- tered two stops against Navy ... led Irish with 213 special-teams appearances and logged 28:01 of playing time on defense.
2008 (FRESHMAN): Appeared in the final 11 games for Notre Dame as a reserve linebacker and special teams performer ... made 98 special teams appearances on the year ... accounted for one tackle in the Syracuse game ... logged 2:57 of playing time.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Selected to play in U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio ... named Gatorade Player of the Year for Illinois in 2007 ... selected to the Parade All-America team as one of the 58 best players in the nation and one of eight linebackers named to list ... one of 30 players named to the EA Sports All-America first team ... named a second-team All-American by USA Today ... ranked No. 7 on the Detroit Free Press' Best of the Midwest Top 20 and the top linebacker on the list ... rated by Rivals.com as the third-best player in Illinois, the eighth-best inside linebacker in the country ... considered the 24th-best prospect by Sports Illustrated/TAKKLE.com ... ranked as the 37th-best player in the na- tion by Tom Lemming and CSTV ... Scout.com tabbed him as the 72nd-best prospect in the country, the third-best player in Illinois and the fourth-best middle linebacker in the nation ... finalist for the inaugural Mr. Football award (won by future teammate Sean Cwynar) as a senior ... named to Chicago Tribune first team all-state squad ... guided team to a 12-0 record before falling in the state semifinal ... helped the Caravan complete a 4-0 league mark to win the Chicago Catholic Blue division ... notched 107 tack- les in senior season and returned his only interception for a touchdown (in a win over Darius Fleming's high school) ... led his high school to the state finals as a sophomore and junior ... tallied 87 tackles and eight sacks in his junior season ... earned second-team junior All-America accolades from Rivals.com in 2006 ... named a second-team all-state performer by Chi- cago Tribune following junior season ... recorded 104 tackles and 10 sacks as a sophomore ... three year starter at inside linebacker ... played for coach Frank Lenti at Mount Carmel ... attended same high school as NFL players Donovan McNabb and Simeon Rice ... born June 4, 1990 ... son of Steve and Debria Filer ... enrolled in Mendoza College of Business, majoring in management-consulting.