Entering his second season as the Irish starter at free safety ? is a three-year monogram winner for the Irish ? talented all-around athlete with skills to play on either side of ball ? one of the hardest hitters in the nation ? started all 13 games for the Irish in ?02 ? second on the Irish in tackles with 81 in ?02 ? extremely smart and reacts well ? was second on the team in minutes played with 346:56 ?will be a team leader in the secondary this season ?was a game captain for the Michigan State game.
AS A SENIOR: Starting free safety for Irish in 2002 ? second on team in tackles with 81 ? served as a game captain vs. Michigan State ? tied for team lead in tackles vs. Maryland with eight ? recorded seven tackles and broke up one pass vs. Purdue ? recorded five tackles and a fumble recovery vs. Michigan ? had six tackles vs. Michigan State ? recorded seven tackles vs. Stanford ? recovered fumble caused by his first career forced fumble vs. Pittsburgh late in game, putting Irish in position to score a touchdown ? also posted five tackles vs. Pittsburgh ? recorded three tackles vs. Air Force, including one for a loss ? led team in tackles vs. Florida State with a season-high 11 tackles, including one sack for a loss of nine yards ? also made first interception since ?00, forced a fumble, and broke up three passes vs. Florida State ? named ABC/Chevrolet Player of the Game vs. Florida State ? tied for team lead with seven tackles vs. Boston College ?recorded six tackles and made second interception of the season vs. Navy ? had four tackles vs. Rutgers ? tied for team lead vs. USC with nine tackles.
AS A JUNIOR: Reserve defensive back for Irish in 2001 ? missed Michigan State game after injuring a quadriceps muscle early vs. Nebraska ? played vs. Texas A&M after missing a week due to injury ? played vs. Pittsburgh and recorded first four tackles of the season ? returned to full-time playing duties vs. USC ? had five tackles, including his first career tackle for loss vs. USC ? recorded three tackles vs. Boston College ? recorded season-high six tackles vs. Tennessee ? made second start of the season vs. Stanford ... played and made third start of the season vs. Purdue, leading the Irish with a career-high 12 tackles, including first two career sacks ? also recovered a fumble vs. Purdue.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Reserve defensive back in 2000 after not seeing game action as a freshman flanker ? played on special teams in each game, making 167 regular-season appearances - then 12 more in 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl vs. Oregon State ? appeared in secondary in eight games (not vs. Texas A&M, Nebraska, Purdue and Boston College), including starts vs. Air Force and Oregon State ? played in first career game vs. Texas A&M, making 16 special-team appearances ? blocked Travis Dorsch?s punt on first drive of the game vs. Boilermakers, setting up Notre Dame?s first touchdown ? registered first four career tackles vs. Spartans ? had three stops vs. Navy ? blocked 28-yard Dave Adams field goal attempt as time expired in regulation vs. Air Force, sending the game to overtime where the Irish won 34-31 ? this marked the first Notre Dame field goal block since Tyreo Harrison blocked a first-quarter field goal vs. Tennessee in 1999 ? also made first career start vs. Falcons (with regular Ron Israel idled by injury) and played every defensive snap, registering career-high eight tackles and recovering a fumble ? logged 28:30 playing time vs. Air Force after having just 21:51 in the previous seven games ? started at free safety vs. Oregon State in Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and made three tackles.
AS A FRESHMAN: Did not see game action as rookie flanker in ?99.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: USA Today honorable mention All-America pick ? played wide receiver and defensive back while earning two letters at Naperville North High School in Naperville, Ill. ? played cornerback as senior in ?98 ? helped team to 10-3 mark as senior, making 56 tackles, breaking up 17 passes and intercepting four passes ? caught 38 passes, six for touchdowns, for 650 yards in ?98 ? first-team all-state pick in ?98 by Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune ? named DuPage Valley conference?s top defensive player in ?98 ? claimed all-conference and team MVP honors as senior and helped ?97 team to league title ? won two letters in basketball, winning all-league recognition as senior and helping team to conference title as junior ? cousin Acie played basketball at Iowa and professionally for the Boston Celtics ? father Glenn played football at Indiana State ? second oldest of three children ? born June 10, 1981 in Southfield, Mich. ? had 3.333 grade-point average during ?99 fall semester ? enrolled in College of Arts and Letters, majoring in economics and computer applications.