AS A JUNIOR: Played mostly special teams this season, making 41 appearances. . .did see playing time at right guard position vs. Boston College after injury to Sean Milligan and then again vs. Navy.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Reserve offensive guard for Irish in 2000 . . . played in first career game vs. Navy, seeing five minutes of action at left guard . . . played on special teams vs. Rutgers and USC.
AS A FRESHMAN: Did not see varsity action as rookie Irish offensive lineman in '99.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Parade prep All-American . . . USA Today honorable mention All-America pick . . . rated one of top 30 national prospects by Football News . . . helped DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md., to 12-0 record in '98 and its sixth Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title in eight years . . . earned three letters in football as a tackle . . . three-year starter was first-team pick as offensive lineman on Washington Post all-metro team for '98 . . . two-time, first-team selection as lineman on Washington Post all-WCAC squad . . . helped team to number-two final ranking in '98 by Washington Post. . . . helped team set school mark for wins and finish undefeated for fourth time in school history . . . two-time all-state selection was captain and team MVP as senior . . . from same high school as current Irish junior defensive end John Owens, along with former Irish Andre Jones (1987-90) and John Taliaferro (1991-92) . . . played at DeMatha for coach Bill McGregor whose daughter Kristen graduated from Notre Dame in 2000 . . . played sophomore season at York (Pa.) Catholic High School before transferring to DeMatha . . . earned four letters in track while throwing discus and shot put . . . helped team to conference title in track as junior and senior . . . established personal bests of 49-8 in shot put and 157-0 in discus as sophomore . . . full name is Ryan Edward Gillis . . . youngest of three children . . . born 4-18-81 in Red Bank, N.J. . . . enrolled in Mendoza College of Business.