Tommy Rees throws three touchdown passes as Notre Dame wins third straight
CAREER: One of six fifth-year seniors on scholarship on the 2011 Irish roster (Harrison Smith, David Ruffer, Mike Ragone, Taylor Dever and Andrew Nuss are the others) ... talented cornerback has played in 33 games over his Irish career ... has started 20 games over the last two seasons, including all 13 in 2010 ... enters final season in an Irish uniform with 109 career tackles, 80 solo stops, 14 passes defended, 10 pass breakups, five tackles for loss, four interceptions and one forced fumble ... enrolled early in 2007 but missed the season while recovering from injury.
2010 (SENIOR): Saw action in all 13 games and was one of 11 players to start all 13 games for the Irish ... joined LB Darius Fleming, DE Ethan Johnson, DE Kapron Lewis-Moore, S Harrison Smith, ILB Manti Te'o and CB Darrin Walls as the only players on the defensive side of the ball to start all 13 games ... set a career-high with nine tackles, including eight solo stops (also career best), in the season-opening victory over Purdue ... added a pass breakup and tackle for loss versus the Boilermakers ... registered eight tackles, seven solo stops in the first half alone against Purdue ... his pass breakup directly led to Ian Williams' interception against the Boilermakers ... posted five solo tackles against Michigan ... recorded two solo stops and two pass breakups at Michigan State ... totaled four tackles, including one for loss, in the matchup with Stanford ... registered five tackles, including three solo stops, and a pass breakup against Pittsburgh ... dominated Western Michigan with eight total tackles, six solo stops, one for loss, a forced fumble and interception ... equaled career-high with nine tackles, six of which were solo stops, versus Tulsa ... registered three solo tackles against Army ... posted four solo tackles and two assisted stops in the victory at USC ... totaled seven tackles, including three solo stops, and a pass breakup in the Hyundai Sun Bowl victory over Miami (Fla.) ... totaled 660 snaps on defense, the third most of any Irish defensive back.
2009 (JUNIOR): Appeared in 11 games for Irish in 2009 (did not play at Michigan), starting the final seven contests ... recorded 28 total tackles, good for 11th on team ... added one interception and one pass breakup ... received increased playing time as season progressed ... totaled three tackles in season opener against Nevada ... paced secondary with six tackles against USC while making first career start ... returned interception 30 yards in fourth quarter to set up Irish TD ... recorded career-high eight tackles (six solo) at Pittsburgh ... added four tackles in season finale at Stanford ... totaled 152:31 of playing time and made 38 special-teams appearances.
2008 (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in nine games before leaving the team due to personal reasons ... registered 15 solo tackles, picked off two passes, recorded two pass breakups and added 20 yards on a fumble recovery ... registered four tackles and also added his first career pass breakup against Purdue ... saw a considerable amount of action in the defensive backfield rotation and recorded a then career-high four tackles (all solo) versus Michigan State ... registered his first career interception and returned it 41 yards in the week two rout of Michigan.
2007 (FRESHMAN): Did not play while he recovered from preseason shoulder surgery.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated 13th best prep player nationally on ESPN 150 listing ... one of 12 defensive backs on National 100 list by Fort Worth Star-Telegram ... named to Super Southern 100 team for 2006 by Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of eight cornerbacks ... listed 78th player nationally by Rivals.com, as well as third among South Carolina players and ninth among cornerbacks ... one of 11 players from South Carolina selected to All-Southern team by Orlando Sentinel ... rated 54th best prospect nationally overall by CSTV - and third nationally among cornerbacks ... first-team South Carolina all-state pick as defensive back for 2006 by both Associated Press and Columbia State ... rated third on Columbia State Top 50 list of South Carolina players for 2006 ... played quarterback in wing-T attack as senior in 2006 for Richland Northeast High School in Columbia, S.C. ... made 24 tackles and intercepted one pass in `06 ... rushed for 1,028 yards on 127 carries in `06 as option signal caller and finished with 1,600 total yards and 11 TDs ... also ran a kickoff back 88 yards for a score ... had 60 tackles and broke up 14 passes and had four interceptions (one returned 65 yards for a TD) as junior corner backing `05- and made 65 tackles with 19 pass breakups and three interceptions in eight games as sophomore in 2004 ... also started three games at quarterback as sophomore on 7-4 team, throwing for 320 yards, rushing for 350 more and scoring six TDs ... led Richland Northeast to 13-2 record and South Carolina Class 4A Division II title game in 2005 as junior ... rated 21st-best overall national prospect - and first among defensive backs -- for 2006 on preseason basis by Sporting News ... rated 14th-best defensive back prospect nationally (and 53rd overall in East) on preseason basis for 2006 by Sporting News SchoolSports ... selected for U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio and also played in Shrine Bowl between North and South Carolina stars ... enrolled at Notre Dame in January 2007 ... played for coach Jay Frye at Richland Northeast ... born Jan. 6, 1989 ... son of Duane Wages and Yvonne Robinson ... graduated from College of Arts and Letters with a socilolgy degree in May ... enrolled in graduate studies program.