Tackles - 7 (3 times: most recent vs. BYU, 2005)
Tackles For Loss - 2 (Pittsburgh, 2004)
Sacks - 1.5 (BYU, 2005)
CAREER:A fifth-year defensive lineman who figures to be a legitimate candidate for all-star honors at defensive tackle ... approved for extra season of eligibility by Faculty Board on Athletics since he did not play as rookie in 2002 ... ranked the number-eight defensive tackle in college football for 2006 by The Sporting News and by Lindy's ... joins Victor Abiamiri as three-time lettermen on veteran `06 defensive line ... had an excellent season in 2005 while providing consistency and production in the middle of the Irish defensive front ... has played in 34 games for the Irish over the last three seasons, starting the last 24 ... has a career total of 96 tackles (42 solos) with 19 tackles for losses, 3.5 sacks and seven pass deflections.
2005 (SENIOR):Finished the season second among Notre Dame defensive linemen in tackles with 43 ... started all 12 games at defensive tackle, running his career total of starts to 25 (including 24 consecutive) ... made 43 tackles (16 solos), including eight tackles for losses (26 yards), three quarterback sacks (14 yards), two pass deflections and seven quarterback hurries ... had four tackles (three solos), including one for a loss (one yard) and a quarterback hurry against Michigan State ... had one tackle versus Washington, a sack for a two-yard loss ... credited with one assisted tackle in the win at Purdue ... made a career-high seven tackles (one solo) and assisted on a tackle for loss (two yards) against USC ... matched his career best with seven tackles (one solo) against BYU, including 1.5 quarterback sacks (eight yards) ... had two tackles (one solo) and four quarterback hurries against Tennessee ... made seven tackles (two solos), including one for a loss (one yard) in the win over Navy ... was a standout in the win over Syracuse with five tackles, including one for a loss (five yards), an assist on a quarterback sack and two quarterback hurries ... made six tackles (five solos), one for a loss (three yards), and broke up a pass against Ohio State in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl ... logged 247:06 of playing time with 11 special teams appearances.
2004 (JUNIOR): Started all 12 games at nose guard ... posted 40 tackles (19 solos) including seven tackles for losses (22 yards) on the season ... broke up four passes ... had three tackles against BYU ... broke up two passes versus Michigan ... collected five tackles and broke up a pass versus Michigan State ... assisted on two tackles and broke up a pass versus Purdue ... had four tackles and forced a fumble versus Stanford ... collected six tackles, assisted on a sack and recovered a fumble versus Navy ... made seven tackles against Boston College including 1.5 for losses ... assisted on four tackles, including one for a loss, against Tennessee ... had a five-tackle performance, including two for losses, in the Pittsburgh game ... recorded two solo tackles versus USC ... played 241:01 at defensive tackle. 2003 (SOPHOMORE): Played in 10 games, starting once (Washington State) ... made 13 tackles (seven solos), including four for loss (eight yards), recovered a fumble and broke up one pass ... made first career appearance versus Washington State, starting at nose guard ... registered his first career tackle against Michigan ... had one tackle and broke up a pass versus Michigan State ... recovered a fumble against Pittsburgh ... posted two tackles versus USC, including a solo tackle for a loss of three yards ... made two tackles against Florida State ... made a tackle for a loss of two yards against Stanford ... logged 73:45 of playing time.
2002 (FRESHMAN): Did not see action as a freshman nose guard.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA:Graduated from De La Salle in Concord, Calif. ... a first-team USA Today prep All-American ... a Parade All-American who was rated as the top lineman on the Parade squad ... rated fifth on the CNNSI.com top 101 prospects list ... listed 48th nationally on The Sporting News' Hot 101 list ... rated the 51st player nationally by the Chicago Sun-Times ... a first-team pick on the Las Vegas Sun Super 11 squad ... named to the Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West team ... a first-team offensive lineman on the Student Sports All-America team ... California's Mr. Football state Player of the Year by CalHiSports.com ... a first-team all-state selection and state Lineman of the Year for 2001 by CalHiSports.com ... had 55 solo tackles, 75 assists and 9.5 sacks as a defensive lineman (in 32 quarters of play) as senior in 2001 on a defensive unit that gave up only six TDs all season ... team posted a 12-0 record in 2001 and was the consensus national prep champion ... helped De La Salle win California Interscholastic Federation North Coast Section 4A crown (its 10th straight) by virtue of 54-15, 45-0 and 48-13 victories in playoff action ... his De La Salle team won the Student Sports national championship for third time in four years ... a starter in 37 straight games to end his career, helping De La Salle improve its overall winning streak to a national high school record 125 consecutive games through 2001 - including 10 straight unbeaten seasons ... third De La Salle player to win California Player of the Year (D.J. Williams, 1999; Amani Toomer, 1991) ... other winners include John Elway, Marcus Allen, Charles White, Pat Haden and Mike Garrett ... made 80 tackles, 17 sacks and knocked down 12 passes as a junior in 2000 ... also a three-year starter on offense ... born Sept. 21, 1983 ... graduate in May, 2006, from Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters with a degree in history and computer applications ... enrolled in graduate studies ... earned 3.33 grade-point average in `05 fall semester and 3.077 in `06 spring semester.