CAREER: Most experienced offensive player on Irish roster in terms of career starts and playing time ... veteran center is a contender for All-America accolades and was named to the Rimington Award Watch List (nation's top center) in both 2006 and 2007 ... selected to Outland Trophy Watch List ... named a first-team preseason All-American by Street & Smith's, a second-team preseason All-American by Phil Steele and a third-team preseason All-American by Athlon ... rated the number-one senior center by Mel Kiper ... ranked as the fourth-best center in the nation entering 2007 by Lindy's ... serves as anchor of a young but talented offensive line and enters the 2007 season having started 21 consecutive games at center ... approved for a fifth year of eligibility by Notre Dame's Faculty Board on Athletics ... did not play as a freshman, but has started 33 of the last 37 contests for the Irish ... helped block for a 1,000-yard rusher each of the last three seasons and protected a 3,000-yard passer the last two years ... represents the offensive line on the football team's leadership committee.
2006 (SENIOR): Experienced, pivotal player at center ... started all 13 games at center and has 33 career starts at the position, including the last 21 games ... helped an explosive offense that averaged 31.0 points and 389.8 yards per game (264.1 passing, 125.7 rushing) ... helped lead the way as halfback Darius Walker eclipsed 100 rushing yards in six games ... Walker also became just the fourth Irish running back to ever eclipse 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons ... was a major factor versus Stanford and Army as the offensive line paved the way for 204 and 221 yards on the ground, respectively ... part of a Notre Dame offense that not only eclipsed 30 points in eight games, but also surpassed 400 total yards six times ... logged 324:31 of playing time.
2005 (JUNIOR): Experienced, pivotal player at center ... started the last eight games at center and has 20 career starts at the position ... played all 12 games ... named the 2005 Connecticut College Player of the Year by the Walter Camp Football Foundation ... helped an explosive offense that averaged 36.7 points and 477.3 yards per game (330.2 passing, 147.1 rushing) ... helped lead the way as halfback Darius Walker eclipsed 100 rushing yards in seven games ... helped the Irish garner 502 total yards (275 rushing, 227 passing) in the season opener, a 42-21 win at Pittsburgh ... helped the offense in a dominant outing at Washington as the Irish gained 560 total yards and controlled the ball for 36:56 of possession time ... part of an excellent performance by the line against Purdue as the Irish did not allow a sack while leading the offense to 621 total yards (468 passing, 153 rushing) and 49 points ... big part of an offensive outing versus USC that produced 31 points (most by a Trojan foe since 2003), 417 total yards (264 passing, 153 rushing) and 28 first downs while controlling the ball for an astounding 38:40 ... helped the Irish to 49 points, 511 yards of offense and seven TDs in a 49-23 win over BYU ... helped the Irish offense to a big day against Tennessee's highly-rated defense as Notre Dame's offense produced 27 points and 343 yards ... prevented Navy from registering a quarterback sack as the Irish moved for 505 yards, 221 rushing yards and 284 yards via the pass in a 42-21 victory over the Midshipmen ... helped the Irish offense rack up 663 yards (231 rushing, 432 passing) and five TDs in the win over Stanford ... made a perfect snap to Walker to set up Walker's two-point conversion run for the final 38-31 margin in the win over the Cardinal ... logged 273:30 of playing time.
2004 (SOPHOMORE): Started all 12 games at center ... made all the blocking calls for the offensive line ... was a major factor in Notre Dame's ability to rush for 195 yards against top-ranked USC, the most rushing yards allowed by the Trojans in two years ... was a key member of an offensive line that paved the way for the Irish to rush for 204 yards versus Navy ... helped protect Brady Quinn as he threw for four TDs against Washington ... opened the way for Darius Walker to rush for 115 yards versus Michigan ... logged 367:24 of playing time.
2003 (FRESHMAN): Did not see any playing time as a rookie center ... was a scout team standout playing against the likes of former Irish stars Darrell Campbell and Cedric Hilliard.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from Greenwich (Conn.) High School ... a Parade and SuperPrep All-American ... USA Today and ESPN.com second-team prep All-American ... Gatorade Player of the Year in Connecticut ... rated 61st on the ESPN list of the nation's top 100 prep players ... rated number-14 among offensive linemen nationally by CBSSportsLine.com ... starter at center the final three seasons, also playing nose guard on defense ... named offensive MVP by the Connecticut Post ... helped lead his team to a 12-1-1 mark in 2002, including a league title and a spot in Connecticut Class LL title game ... made 20 tackles for loss and 12 sacks in 2002 on defense ... achieved a 138-6 record as a heavyweight wrestler, winning the state championship as a sophomore, junior and senior ... placed seventh and earned All-America honors at the 2003 national wrestling meet ... played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio ... a standout water polo player who also played rugby ... from the same high school that produced former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young ... born Aug. 8, 1985, in Mt. Kisco, N.Y. ... one of four children ... brother Rick played rugby at Indiana University ... graduated in May 2007 from the Mendoza College of Business, with a degree in marketing ... earned a 3.500 grade-point average in `07 spring semester ... currently enrolled in graduate studies.