One of four captains for the Irish in 2001 ... great
multipurpose player who can run, catch, throw and return kicks ... a
seventh-round draft pick of the New England Patriots ... recorded 72
receptions in his career, averaging over 11 yards a catch ... ran,
caught and threw for a touchdown in his career ... also the Irish
leader on special teams as he blocked three kicks in '00.
AS A SENIOR: Irish starter at flanker in 2001 ... served as
one of four team captains for the Irish this season ... named to
Football News preseason all-independent team ... recorded a then
career-high seven catches vs. Nebraska ... saw limited action vs.
Michigan State (:08) due to injured quadriceps muscle ... able to return
and contribute in the Irish offense vs. Texas A&M with two catches
for 25 yards ... led the Irish with five receptions vs. Pittsburgh ... tied for the team high in receptions with four for 49 yards vs. USC ... pulled in three catches for 21 yards vs. Boston College ... also
completed a 29-yard pass to Javin Hunter on the reverse halfback
option in the fourth quarter ... recorded career highs in both
receptions (nine) and receiving yards (99) vs. Tennessee ... his
nine catches were the most by an Irish player since Bobby Brown had
12 vs. Pittsburgh in 1999 ... the 99 yards were the most by a Notre
Dame receiver since Joey Getherall had 116 vs. Air Force in 2000 ... named NBC/Chevrolet Notre Dame Player of the Game vs. Tennessee. . .
did not play vs. Navy due to groin injurySreturned to action and
started vs. StanfordSrecorded career-high 43-yard kickoff return vs.
Purdue ... also recorded two receptions vs. Purdue.
AS A JUNIOR: Irish regular at flanker in 2000, working as
part of three-pronged wide receiving corps with Joey Getherall and
Javin Hunter ... led team in receptions (25) and led wide receivers
in playing time ... helped Irish rank 12th in the country in punt
returns (15.13) and third in kick returns (24.92) ... played in all
12 games in 2000, starting seven times, including vs. Oregon State in
2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl ... rushed four times for 16 yards and
also caught a 21-yard pass in starting role vs. Texas A&M ... gained seven yards on key fourth-down carry in fourth period TD drive
that gave Irish 21-10 lead ... returned opening kickoff a
career-long 41 yards against Nebraska ... had only Irish catch of
first half (nine yards) against the Huskers ... had career bests
with six catches for 86 yards to lead team vs. Purdue ... took one
snap at quarterback against Michigan State, rushing for two yards ... caught 17-yard touchdown from Matt LoVecchio to cap off 91-yard
opening scoring drive for a 7-0 lead vs. Stanford ... blocked Mike
Biselli punt in final minute of first half and scored on an
eight-yard pass from LoVecchio two plays later to extend the Irish
lead to 14-0 ... finished with three receptions for 34 yards in
start vs. Cardinal and also ran five times for 23 yards ... became
the first Irish wide receiver with two touchdown receptions in a game
since Derrick Mayes in the 1996 Orange Bowl vs. Florida State and the
first in the regular season since Mayes did it against Navy in '95 ... was named the NBC Sports/Chevrolet Notre Dame MVP for his efforts
against Stanford ... had team-high four catches vs. Navy for 63
yards ... had five-yard rushing score to give Irish lead for good
21-14 vs. West Virginia, just three plays after the Mountaineers were
unable to get a punt off ... took pitch and threw to Joey Getherall
in third quarter vs. West Virginia for 52-yard completion to set up
another Irish score that gave ND a 35-14 lead ... also had 21 yards
on career-high eight carries ... took handoff career-long 37 yards
for a touchdown to give Irish 21-10 lead late in third quarter vs.
Air Force ... blocked Mike Barr punt in third quarter vs. Rutgers
to set up Javin Hunter touchdown to give Irish 31-17 lead ...
blocked Mike MacGillivray punt in first quarter vs. USC, allowing
Irish to take 7-0 lead on Terrance Howard score ... Notre Dame's
leading receiver in 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl vs. Oregon State with
four catches for 23 yards.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Irish contributor most of '99 at flanker slot ... started vs. Michigan, catching first two passes of his career
for 34 yards, and again vs. Arizona State and USC, playing in all 12
games ... caught 13-yard pass vs. Purdue ... had first rushing
carry of season vs. Oklahoma for four yards ... three-yard
touchdown run against Tennessee marked first rushing score permitted
by Vols all season ... threw 21-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Brown
on flea flicker in third quarter vs. Pittsburgh to tie score at 17-17 ... later that period caught 27-yard TD pass from Jarious Jackson
to pull Irish within three at 27-24 ... recorded career highs with
five catches for 48 yards vs. Boston College ... made 118 special
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in all 12 games in '98, earning
starting assignments in two of the last four regular-season games vs.
Boston College and USC ... played a slotback role as both receiver
and running back, also making 55 regular-season special-team
appearances ... worked with kickoff return and punt return squads ... made eight more special-team appearances in '98 Gator Bowl vs.
Georgia Tech, including one kickoff return ... earned starting
assignment at flanker vs. Boston College ... gave Irish legitimate
deep threat with speed ... scored first Irish touchdown vs. LSU on
22-yard gain on option pitch ... other rushing carries came vs.
Baylor (one) and Michigan State (two) ... also started vs. USC as
Irish opened without a tight end ... had kickoff returns vs.
Michigan State and Purdue.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated 53rd best player
nationally by Chicago Sun-Times and 59th best player by The Sporting
News ... rated one of top 100 players nationally by Dallas Morning
News ... USA Today honorable mention All-America pick ... earned
three letters in football at Humble High School in Humble, Texas,
while playing eight different positions ... split time in '97
between wide receiver (13 catches for 255 yards and four touchdowns),
quarterback (21 of 52 for 337 yards and two TDs) and running back (71
carries for 331 yards and four TDs) ... helped team to 9-2 record
and second straight district championship ... had 1,448 all-purpose
yards as junior - 465 yards and five TDs rushing, 18 catches for 253
and three TDs, six of seven passing for 136 and two TDs, 317 kick
return yards and 245 punt return yards ... helped team to three
straight conference titles ... captain of team as senior ...
two-time all-state, all-city and all-league pick ... selected for
Texas-California all-star football game ... earned four letters in
track (sprint and weight events), earning team MVP honors as senior ... from same high school as former Irish outside linebacker Bert
Berry ... older brother Jesse played football for Yale ... full
name is David Lamar Givens ... born 8-16-80 in Youngstown, Ohio ... third oldest of five children ... graduated in May 2002 with a
degree from the College of Arts and Letters, with major in design.
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