Fifth-year player who provided depth in the 2001 secondary that finished the season ranked 10th in the nation in pass defense ... was starter at strong safety until he missed a majority of the second half of the season with a hamstring injury ... versatile performer who played both safety positions at Notre Dame ... comes from a football family as brother Steve is a defensive back with the New England Patriots and brother Tim played football at Temple ... signed a free agent contract with the Washington Redskins.
AS A SENIOR: Fifth-year veteran returned as starting strong safety for Irish in 2001 ...made a career-high nine tackles vs. Nebraska ... second on Irish in tackles, recording a career-high-tying nine vs. Michigan State, before missing the fourth quarter with a tight hamstring ... missed second half of Texas A&M game with same hamstring problemSwas unable to play vs. Pittsburgh due to a hamstring injury ... started, but hamstring kept him out in the second half vs. West Virginia ... did not play vs. USC and Boston College due to the hamstring injury ... saw limited playing time vs. Tennessee ... returned in a starting role vs. Navy and recorded three tackles.
AS A JUNIOR: Irish starting strong safety in 2000 and top name on interception chart with three ... played in all 12 games in 2000, starting all but Air Force and Boston College games and 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl vs. Oregon State ... had four tackles vs. Texas A&M, Purdue, Michigan State and USC ... registered five tackles vs. Stanford ... snatched first career interception in fourth quarter vs. West Virginia ... also shared team lead with career-high eight stops vs. Mountaineers ... played only on special teams vs. Air Force ... made seven tackles vs. Boston College in reserve role and had interception to end Eagles' last drive ... matched career high in leading team with eight tackles vs. Rutgers ... also had a third-quarter interception vs. Scarlet Knights ... made four tackles vs. Oregon State in Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, including one for four-yard loss.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Top Irish reserve at strong safety in '99, playing in 10 games and starting twice ... fractured his wrist vs. Tennessee and missed Pittsburgh game, but returned to play vs. Boston College ... made two tackles and broke up a pass vs. Kansas ... made first career start vs. Purdue , but left game after spraining right ankle, causing him to miss Michigan State game ... returned in starting role vs. Oklahoma ... broke up a pass and caused a fumble vs. Arizona State ... recorded five tackles and a sack vs. USC ... made 98 special-team appearances.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in all 12 games in '98, making 103 regular-season special team appearances, then five more in '99 Gator Bowl vs. Georgia Tech ... only appearance in secondary came vs. Stanford ... finished season working with Irish kickoff unit ... did not play at all as rookie cornerback in '97.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: USA Today honorable mention All-America selection ... earned four letters as defensive back and wide receiver at Haddon Heights High School in Haddon Heights, N.J. ... two-way, four-year starter ... all-state pick as senior and three-time all-conference selection ... made 104 tackles and eight interceptions as senior free safety in '96 ... caught 40 passes for 715 yards in '96 ... helped team to 6-3 record in '96 as school finished with winning record three straight years for first time in 26 seasons ... finished with 254 career tackles, 16 interceptions, five fumble recoveries and seven caused fumbles, along with 145 catches for 2,565 yards ... captain of both football and track teams as senior ... finished seventh in state 400 meters as junior and anchored 4x400 relay team to second place slot ... selected for New Jersey North-South all-star game ... brother Steve is defensive back with New England Patriots after playing at University of Pittsburgh, while another brother Tim played football and ran track at Temple ... youngest of five children ... born 1-5-79 in Vorhees, N.J. ... full name is Ronald Clifton Israel ... graduated from the College of Arts and Letters, majoring in film, television and theatre.
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