Veteran running back with uncommon talent who aims to regain his starting role this season ... has earned three monograms with the Irish and was the starting running back in 2002 ... became only the seventh player in Notre Dame history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season (1,085 yards) in 2002 ... needs 295 yards rushing to become the 13th player in Notre Dame history to rush for 2,000 yards in a career ... has rushed for 1,705 yards and 13 touchdowns in his career ... has rushed for 100+ yards four times in his Irish career ... a straight-line runner who is hard to tackle because of his size ... has explosive speed through the line ... possesses a great work ethic and is willing to play through injuries ... a student of the game who always seeks to learn as much as he can.
2003 (JUNIOR): Played in all 12 games at tailback, starting the first five contests ... rushed for 510 yards and three touchdowns on 143 carries, averaging 3.6 yards per carry ... shared time in the backfield with Julius Jones ... rushed for a team-high 98 yards on 17 carries versus Washington State, including runs of 32 and 37 yards ... served as a game captain for the first time in his career versus Michigan State, rushing for 21 yards on 10 carries ... carried 27 times for 84 yards against Pittsburgh ... had 27 yards rushing (12 attempts) and 21 yards receiving on two receptions versus Southern California ... rushed for 28 yards on 10 carries against Boston College ... carried the ball eight times for 42 yards versus Florida State ... rushed for 16 yards on six carries versus Navy and had a seven-yard reception against the Midshipmen ... averaged 3.9 yards per carry (10 carries for 39 yards) versus BYU ... ran for 84 yards and three touchdowns against Stanford, his first three-touchdown game for the Irish ... his third touchdown against Stanford came on a career-long 46-yard run ... ran for 32 yards against Syracuse ... played 146:01 during the season.
2002 (SOPHOMORE): Was the Irish's starting tailback in 2002 and the first Notre Dame running back to reach the 1,000-yard rushing milestone since Autry Denson ran for 1,176 yards in 1998 ... led the team in rushing with 1,085 yards on 261 carries, becoming only the seventh player in Notre Dame history to gain 1,000 yards in a season ... gained 66 yards on 23 carries versus Maryland in his first career start ... ran for a career-high 96 yards and had his first career reception against Purdue ... set career highs in carries and yards against Michigan with 28 carries for 132 yards (his first career 100-yard rushing game) and two touchdowns ... rushed for 90 yards on 17 carries versus Michigan State, including a six-yard touchdown run ... gained 103 yards on 18 carries against Stanford ... had another touchdown run against Pittsburgh while being held to 42 yards on 19 carries ... recorded career highs in rushing yards and carries versus Air Force with 190 yards on 30 rushes, the most yards by an Irish running back since Tony Fisher ran for 196 yards against Boston College on Nov. 11, 2000 ... that also was the 12th-best single-game rushing total in Notre Dame history at the time ... rushed for 94 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns at Florida State, in addition to three receptions for 15 yards ... posted 107 yards on 27 carries against Boston College, earning NBC/Chevrolet Player of the Game honors ... prior to Boston College game, he scored at least one touchdown in six consecutive games ... went over the 1,000-yard mark while rushing for 68 yards on 18 carries, including a 28-yard touchdown run, against Rutgers ... played 204:41 during the season.
2001 (FRESHMAN): Played in five games as a reserve tailback ... rushed for 110 yards on 29 carries (3.8 avg.) and one touchdown ... saw his first playing time against Southern California ... made his first career carry against Boston College, a four-yard gain ... carried six times for 18 yards against Tennessee ... had three carries for 11 yards against Navy before suffering an elbow injury ... returned to action versus Purdue and set season highs in carries (19) and yards (77) ... scored his first career touchdown on a 14-yard run against Purdue ... played 29:27 during the season.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Don Bosco Prep High School in Ramsey, N.J. ... the New Jersey player of the year for 2000 by USA Today ... rated 43rd nationally on list of top prospects by CNNSI.com ... rushed for 1,963 yards and 26 touchdowns as a senior tailback in 2000 ... also made 61 tackles and seven interceptions at cornerback and safety while helping his team to an 11-1 record and an appearance in the New Jersey state championship game ... rated the Northeast's offensive player of the year and the top player in New Jersey by SuperPrep ... a standout basketball player who was timed at 10.7 in 100-meter dash in track ... born Dec. 9, 1982 in Suffern, N.Y. ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters, majoring in sociology and computer applications.
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