Enters his second season as the starting tight end ? makes up a strong rotation of tight ends which includes Billy Palmer, Jared Clark, Anthony Fasano and Marcus Freeman ? is coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in the Gator Bowl against North Carolina State ? has made huge strides in his transition from quarterback to tight end ? started the 2000 season at quarterback before moving to tight end after the Air Force game ? led Irish to a 23-21 victory over Rose Bowl-bound Purdue in his first start as a quarterback in ?00 ? tall player who is a tremendous athlete ? has excellent hands ? his size also makes him a tremendous blocker ? his teammates rave about his athletic ability ? has strong physical presence and brings solid competitiveness to the game ? a team leader who will be counted on to guide the offense ? is also the top candidate to be the Irish long snapper in ?03.
AS A SENIOR: Irish starting tight end in 2002 eanring his third monogram as a member of the Irish ? pulled in 16 catches for 155 yards in ?02, an average of 9.7 yards a catch ? served as a game captain vs. Purdue ? had one catch vs. Maryland for seven yards ? led Irish in receiving vs. Purdue with career-high four receptions for 30 yards ? had one catch vs. Michigan for 16 yards ? had two receptions for 24 yards vs. Michigan State, including an 18-yard catch ? made key block to enable Arnaz Battle to score winning touchdown vs. Michigan State taking out two Spartans blockers ? pulled in three receptions for 32 yards vs. Boston College ? had a season-long 20-yard reception vs. Navy ? pulled in one catch for five yards before suffering a knee injury in first quarter of the Gator Bowl.
AS A JUNIOR: Irish reserve tight end in 2001 after seeing time as quarterback in 2000 ? made first start in two-tight end set vs. Nebraska, joining John Owens in the starting lineup ? also started vs. Michigan State ? made first two catches of his career in the fourth quarter against Navy ? was Irish leader in receiving yards vs. Navy with 50.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Began season as number-two Irish quarterback ? played in first career game vs. Purdue, starting in place of injured Arnaz Battle and played every offensive snap ? scrambled nine yards for first career touchdown on first Irish offensive series, giving Notre Dame a 7-0 lead after Irish had blocked a punt on game?s opening series ? was 14 for 25 for 158 yards passing vs. the Boilermakers, finishing with more completions and attempts than Purdue standout Drew Brees ? led Irish 59 yards in final 3:39 to set up game-winning Nicholas Setta field goal in Notre Dame?s 23-21 win against Purdue ? became the 11th Irish quarterback out of the last 12 to win in debut start ? threw first career touchdown pass, six yards to Jason Murray in first quarter of start against Michigan State, giving Irish 7-0 lead ? threw 46-yard TD pass to Jay Johnson on only attempt vs. Navy for final Irish score and 45-7 lead at that time ? Irish coaches announced day after Air Force game that he would move back to tight end ? made debut at tight end vs. Rutgers and also saw time vs. USC ? played reserve role at tight end in 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl vs. Oregon State.
AS A FRESHMAN: Did not see varsity action as rookie Irish signalcaller in ?99.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: USA Today honorable mention All-America pick ? rated 55th on list of top 100 national prospects by The Sporting News ? rated 25th nationally on Chicago Sun-Times list of top 100 players ? one of five tight ends on Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 team ? rated one of top 25 Florida prospects by Palm Beach Post ? had solid senior season at quarterback in ?98, throwing for more than 1,800 yards and 22 touchdowns, with only four interceptions at Jesuit High School in Tampa, Fla. ? won four letters while playing as quarterback (?97 and ?98), tight end (?95 and ?97), defensive end (?95 and ?97) center (?96) and long snapper (?95 through ?97) ? helped team to three straight league crowns ? team captain and MVP as senior ? two-time all-state and all-league pick ? threw for more than 400 yards against Miami Pace in one ?98 state playoff contest and also set single-game record with 448-yard effort ? also set record for single game with five TD passes ? won all-Hillsborough County honors as both junior and senior ? won Guy Toph Award as top player in Hillsborough County ? split time between quarterback and tight end as a junior in ?97 ? had nine touchdown receptions as a junior to go with eight sacks while also playing defensive end ? won four letters in basketball, twice earning both all-state and all-conference recognition ? averaged 22.1 points and 14.2 rebounds as junior ? set single-game scoring record in basketball with 42 points ? team captain as senior and two-time team MVP pick in basketball ? helped basketball team to league title as freshman, sophomore and senior ? earned one letter as pitcher in baseball as sophomore ? brother George was starting quarterback at Georgia Tech for 2000 and 2001 season ? another brother Greg played football at Air Force ? attended Notre Dame summer football camp ? full name is Gary Michael Godsey ? youngest of five children ? born March 16, 1981 in Tampa, Fla. ... graduated from the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in management information systems ? enrolled in graduate studies.