A reserve center who has starting experience ... enters the fall in a battle for playing time behind starter John Sullivan ... a tremendous physical presence on the line ... is extremely smart and strong ... provides quality play and flexibility for the line as a whole.
2003 (JUNIOR): Played in six games for the Irish, starting one contest (Michigan State) and earning his first monogram ... saw a drastic increase in playing time as he spelled injured starter Bob Morton ... played in a reserve role versus Washington State and Michigan ... made his first career start and played the entire game at center versus Michigan State ... played a career-high 27:56 against the Spartans ... played the entire second half against Boston College, helping the Irish come back from 18 points down to take a 25-24 lead late in the fourth quarter ... finished the fourth quarter of the Florida State game at center for an injured Morton ... saw time at center against Stanford ... played 60:55 on the season.
2002 (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in one game, playing 59 seconds versus Rutgers ... was a backup to All-American Jeff Faine and fifth-year senior Ryan Scarola.
2001 (FRESHMAN): Did not see action for the Irish as a rookie offensive lineman in 2001.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Marshfield High School in Marshfield, Mass. ... Parade All-American ... a second-team pick on USA Today prep All-America team ... named USA Today player of the year for 2000 in Massachusetts ... rated one of the top 100 players nationally by The Dallas Morning News ... rated 89th on the Chicago Sun-Times list of top 100 prospects nationally ... played offensive guard and defensive end as a senior ... helped his team to a 10-1 record and Massachusetts state runner-up finish as a junior in 1999 after Marshfield won state titles his freshman and sophomore seasons ... a consensus all-state pick and USA Today honorable mention All-America pick as a junior ... had 73 tackles, nine sacks, six tackles for loss, two caused fumbles and a fumble recovery as junior defensive lineman ... selected for the inaugural East-West National High School All-Star game in Dallas ... earned two letters in track competing in shot put and javelin and two more in basketball as a center ... attended Notre Dame football camp in summer of 2000 ... full name is Zachary Ronald Giles ... second oldest of three children ... born Aug. 27, 1982 in Weymouth, Mass. ... enrolled in College of Arts and Letters, majoring in sociology.