AS A SENIOR: Top-rated fullback for Notre Dame in 2001?made 16 special teams appearances vs. Nebraska. . .recorded one catch, a 17-yard reception, vs. Michigan State. . .recorded first kickoff return of career for 11 yards vs. Boston College?recorded a career-high rush for 33 yards vs. Navy?ranked 12th nationally among fullbacks by The Sporting News.
AS A JUNIOR: Starting fullback for Notre Dame in 2000, sharing playing time with Jason Murray . . . played in all 12 games, earning starting nods vs. Texas A&M, Nebraska, Purdue, Boston College, Rutgers and vs. Oregon State in 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl . . . had two carries for nine yards and two receptions for 34 yards vs. Texas A&M . . . did not start against Michigan State as Irish opened in two-tight end set . . . played only on special teams vs. Stanford due to shoulder nerve injury . . . had 13-yard reception vs. West Virginia . . . scored first career touchdown on 25-yard reception from Nick Setta on fake field goal vs. Rutgers to give Irish 14-3 lead . . . had one rushing attempt for no yards in 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl vs. Oregon State.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in first career game vs. Kansas in '99, while sharing load at fullback with veteran Joey Goodspeed . . . caught first two career passes for six yards against Michigan State . . . made first career start vs. Oklahoma and had career-high 16 yards rushing as well as longest carry of career (12 yards) . . . also started vs. Arizona State, USC and Pittsburgh . . . finished second on team in special-team appearances (164) . . . played in all 12 games overall . . . rushed four times for 34 yards in '99 Blue-Gold spring finale, including 29-yard touchdown gain that was longest of the day plus another one-yard scoring run.
AS A FRESHMAN: Did not see game action as rookie fullback in '98.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Parade prep All-American . . . rated 74th best player nationally by The Sporting News and 95th best player by Chicago Sun-Times . . . rated one of top 100 players nationally by Dallas Morning News . . . rushed 143 times for 676 yards and 15 touchdowns, caught five passes for 52 yards and punted for 40-yard average as senior at Walsh Jesuit High School in Stow, Ohio, while helping team to 9-3 mark . . . played solely at tailback as a junior at Walsh Jesuit, rushing for 573 yards on 133 carries and scoring seven TDs . . . captain of team and MVP as senior . . . caught five passes for 57 yards and two TDs and averaged 38 yards per punt as junior . . . played defensive back as sophomore at Columbus DeSales High School . . . selected for Ohio North-South all-star game . . . also played basketball and ran 100 and 200 meters and threw the shot in track . . . earned two letters in basketball and two more in track . . . father Tom was Irish cornerback from 1972-75 and was starter as senior in '75 when he tied for team lead in interceptions (with All-American Luther Bradley) with four each . . . sister Sarah graduated from Notre Dame in 2000 and was a member of Irish track and field team who earned monograms in '97 and '98 running 60, 200, 400 and 500 meters (indoors) and 400-meter hurdles . . . from same high school as early 1980s Irish kicker Hal Von Wyl and recent Ohio State All-American Mike Vrabel . . . originally committed to Irish in March of '97 . . . full name is Thomas Joseph Lopienski . . . younger of two children . . . born 6-12-79 in Parkersburg, W.Va. . . . earned 3.25 grade-point average during 2000 spring semester . . . had Dean's List effort of 3.583 in 2000 fall semester and followed that with 3.5 Dean's List effort in 2001 spring semester . . . enrolled in College of Arts and Letters with major in film, television and theatre.
Lopienski Game By Game
|2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl|