Held down starting spot at nose guard for 2000 Notre Dame . . . fifth-year player who had outstanding final campaign in earning Irish lineman-of-the-year honors . . . ranked as most consistent Irish defender up front in '00 . . . ranked as returning starting nose guard . . . leads all active defenders in career playing time and led defensive linemen in tackles (50) and minutes in 2000 . . . worked at outside linebacker early in Irish career but switch to nose guard paid major dividends during '97 spring drills . . . weight gain to play down only enhanced his abilities . . . tough, hard-nosed player who proved ready to handle full-time assignment . . . made impressive transition from playing linebacker in high school.
AS A SENIOR: Fifth-year lineman was returning starting nose guard . . . an All-Independent pick by Collegefootballnews.com . . . named Notre Dame Lineman of th Year by Moose Krause Chapter of National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame . . . started all 12 games in 2000, including vs. Oregon State in 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl . . . leads all active defenders in career playing time and led defensive linemen in tackles (50) and minutes in 2000. . . had three tackles, including two for loss vs. Texas A&M . . . made career-high seven tackles against Nebraska and Stanford . . . registered six tackles against Purdue . . . notched five tackles vs. Michigan State . . . registered five tackles and a pass broken up vs. West Virginia . . . had six tackles vs. Air Force and five vs. Boston College including two for loss, while playing every defensive snap vs. Eagles . . . had three tackles including one for loss vs. USC . . . made two tackles is 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl vs. Oregon State.
AS A JUNIOR: Rebounded from sprained right knee in '99 preseason drills, causing him to miss first two games, to play major role for Irish on defensive front . . . returned vs. Purdue, making two tackles including one for loss . . . recorded six tackles vs.Navy, after making only five tackles previously in '99 . . . started the next weeks vs. Tennessee ... also started against Pittsburgh, Boston College and Stanford.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Irish starter at nose guard in nine of 12 games in '98, including last seven in a row . . . came off the bench only vs. Michigan, Stanford and Arizona State . . . had five tackles vs. Michigan, four vs. Purdue and Navy, five vs. Baylor . . . started at nose guard in '99 Gator Bowl vs. Georgia Tech and made three tackles.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in 11 games in '97 as Irish defensive lineman, including four starting assignments . . . missed only Navy and West Virginia games . . . started four straight games at nose guard vs. Purdue, Michigan State, Michigan and Stanford after first-game injury to regular Corey Bennett . . . made first career start at nose guard vs. Purdue with Bennett out with sprained knee and made three tackles . . . remained there vs. Michigan State and had four tackles plus a tackle for loss . . . had a sack and tackle for loss vs. Michigan . . . made off-the-bench appearance in '97 Independence Bowl vs. LSU . . . made 35 regular-season special team appearances . . . did not see game action as rookie outside linebacker for Irish in '96.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Recorded 194 tackles and 12 sacks as senior Associated Press all-state selection in '95 . . . named to Super Southern 100 by Atlanta Journal-Constitution . . . earned three letters in football as linebacker and offensive guard at St. Stephen High School in St. Stephen, S.C. . . . made 11 tackles in North Carolina-South Carolina Shrine Game . . . had 133 tackles, 10 sacks and three interceptions as junior in '94 . . . three-year defensive captain and three-year starter . . . two-time all-league selection . . . helped team go 19 straight periods without permitting a TD . . . had 24 tackles, three sacks and an interception as senior vs. Holy Hill Roberts . . . helped team go 10-0 in regular season and win league title as sophomore . . . earned three letters in basketball, as three-time captain in that sport . . . won a letter in track while throwing shot and discus . . . youngest of three children . . . full name is Lance Williams Legree . . . born 12-22-77 in Charleston, S.C. . . . enrolled in College of Arts and Letters with majors in history and economics.