Alex Bars Named 2018 Notre Dame Football Captain

Bars joins previously named captains center Sam Mustipher, punter Tyler Newsome and linebacker Drue Tranquill


2008 Notre Dame Football Media Day

The Notre Dame football team kicked off the 2008 season with its annual Media Day activities on Friday, Aug. 8.

CAREER: One of three captains for Notre Dame in `08, joining David Bruton and Maurice Crum Jr. ... veteran wide receiver who has been a key member of the offense each of the last two seasons ... possesses great hands and tremendous versatility as he has lined up in the slot as well as out wide in various formations ... recorded 55 career receptions for 579 yards with four touchdowns for the Irish, making him Notre Dame's active career leader in catches and receiving yards ... played in 34 games over the past three seasons and started 16 contests - only Sam Young has more career starts on the current Irish offense ... able to get on the field his first two years as a kick returner where he averaged 23.7 yards on 36 returns.

2007 (JUNIOR): Recorded career-high 27 receptions for 224 yards and two touchdowns while playing in 10 games and starting eight of those contests ... ranked fourth on the team in both catches and receiving yards ... did not play vs. UCLA or Boston College while he recovered from an injury and started the remaining games he appeared in except against USC and Navy ... started the season opener for the first time in his career ... recorded one reception for four yards vs. Georgia Tech ... led the Notre Dame wide receivers, pulling in five completions from quarterback Jimmy Clausen for a team-high 45 receiving yards vs. Penn State ... recorded three receptions for 10 yards against Michigan ... had three receptions for 24 yards vs. Michigan State ... recorded 34 yards on three catches vs. Purdue ... did not play at UCLA or vs. Boston College due to an injured ankle ... caught two passes for four yards vs. Navy ... led the Irish in receiving with six receptions for 67 yards and a TD vs. Air Force ... scored Notre Dame's first TD of the afternoon against Duke on a 25-yard grab ... had two receptions for 26 yards including a TD vs. the Blue Devils ... finished the season with two catches for 10 yards against Stanford ... logged 175:01 with two special teams appearances.

2006 (SOPHOMORE): Played in 12 of 13 games for the Irish ... fifth on the team with 336 receiving yards ... led the team with 514 kickoff return yards ... fourth on the team with 852 all-purpose yards ... started as the third wideout against Stanford, UCLA, North Carolina, Air Force, Army, USC and LSU ... had a 46-yard kickoff return in the season opener at Georgia Tech ... had four receptions for 48 yards while averaging 24.2 yards on six kickoff returns vs. Michigan ... netted a career-high 193 all-purpose yards against the Wolverines ... had a breakout game against UCLA, making eight catches for 79 yards and returned three kickoffs for 53 yards ... had his first career touchdown reception vs. Navy, a 36-yard grab ... totaled 72 yards on three catches vs. the Midshipmen ... returned three kickoffs for a total of 101 yards vs. North Carolina, including a career-best 50-yard return ... made two catches for 16 yards vs. Air Force ... gained 56 yards on five receptions against Army ... had two catches for 34 yards, along with two kickoff returns for 35 yards against USC ... recorded a 24-yard TD catch vs. LSU in the Sugar Bowl ... logged 160:47 of playing time with 50 special teams appearances

2005 (FRESHMAN): Played in all 12 games, primarily on special teams, and won a monogram ... emerged as Notre Dame's top kickoff return man ... made his first career start at receiver for the Irish against BYU ... for the season, he made two catches for 19 yards, rushed two times for eight yards, returned 15 kickoffs for 338 yards (22.5-yard average with a long of 40) and returned a punt for 17 yards ... played in a reserve role at receiver in the opener at Pittsburgh, but did not make a catch ... made his first catch for Notre Dame against Michigan State, an 11-yard reception in the fourth quarter ... returned a kickoff for 31 yards against Washington ... played 5:55 at receiver versus Purdue, but did not make a catch ... returned two kickoffs for 62 yards against the Boilermakers, including a season-best 40-yarder ... rushed twice for eight yards on reverses and returned two kickoffs for 36 yards against USC ... had one catch for eight yards against BYU and returned three kickoffs for 62 yards against the Cougars, including a long of 33 yards ... returned two kickoffs for 27 yards (long of 16) and a punt for 17 yards in the win over Navy ... had one kickoff return for 23 yards in the win over Syracuse ... returned four kickoffs for 97 yards versus Stanford, including a 28-yarder ... logged 26:06 of playing time with 52 special teams appearances.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from St. Martin DePorres High School in Detroit, Mich. ... caught 48 passes for 800 yards and eight TDs as a senior in 2004 for the state runner-up ... made 41 tackles and intercepted five passes on defense ... a first-team all-state pick at wide receiver on the Detroit Free-Press Dream Team ... returned a fumble 36 yards for a TD in the 2004 Michigan Division 7 state title game against Unionville-Sebewaing ... also caught five passes for 59 yards and made seven tackles in that game ... helped DePorres to an overall 9-5 mark in 2004 and a first-place tie in the Detroit Catholic League ... team captain as a senior ... honorable mention all-conference as a junior when he helped DePorres to the Michigan Division 8 state crown while scoring on 80-yard reception in the state title game, a 20-9 win over Beal City ... a top-flight guard in basketball ... older brother, Carl, is a fifth-year wide receiver at Michigan State ... attended Notre Dame football camp in the summer of 2004 ... coached by Greg Carter ... full name is David Michael Grimes ... born Dec. 31, 1986, in Los Angeles, Calif. ... one of five children ... son of Janice Grimes ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business majoring in marketing ... earned 3.33 grade-point average in `06 spring semester and a 3.40 GPA in '07 fall semester.

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David Grimes
David  Grimes


Detroit, MI

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Height / Weight:
5-10 / 177

Wide Receiver


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