Fifth-year senior Dan McCarty has faced his share of challenges and emerged all the stronger for it
Notre Dame and Michigan to meet under the lights at Notre Dame Stadium for the first time since 1990 (7:39 p.m. ET, live on NBC).
Nine of the past 12 meetings in the series between Notre Dame and Michigan State have been decided by a touchdown or less.
Notre Dame has won nearly 82 percent of its home openers, including a 10-2 record against the Boilermakers.
Fighting Irish and Midshipmen will be playing in Dublin for the second time in their 86-game series (9 a.m. ET/2 p.m. IST on CBS).
Irish Student Athletes reflect on the holiday, with some of their favorite memories.
Put together by the Notre Dame Football Video Department, a number of senior parents talk about their sons and their final game and season at Notre Dame.
The Fighting Irish finished the regular season undefeated and No. 1 for the first time since 1988.
CAREER: Has played in 24 career games ... recorded 16 tackles in Notre Dame career, including one-half tackle for loss ... added one forced fumble ... has contributed predominantly on special teams and scout team for the Irish ... enters 2012 in competition for playing time at one of the safety positions ... approved for fifth year of eligibility by Faculty Board on Athletics since he did not play as a freshman in 2008.
2011 (SENIOR): Played in 12 games during the season ... did not play at Wake Forest ... saw action primarily on special teams and as a reserve safety ... produced nine tackles ... tied for fifth on the team with seven tackles on special teams ... had four tackles each against Air Force and Navy.
2010 (JUNIOR): Played in seven games for the Irish, versus Purdue, Michigan State, Stanford, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Western Michigan and Tulsa (missed the final three games of regular season and the bowl game due to injury) ... totaled five tackles ... recorded three solo and two assisted stops ... added one-half tackle for loss (1 yard) and one forced fumble ... made one solo tackle at Boston College ... posted an assisted tackle against Pittsburgh ... registered three tackles, including two solo stops, in the victory over Western Michigan ... also added a half tackle for loss and forced fumble versus the Broncos ... totaled 22 snaps on defense.
2009 (SOPHOMORE): Appeared in five games for Irish against Nevada, Washington State, Navy, Pittsburgh and Connecticut ... played primarily on special teams but also contributed as backup safety against Nevada and Washington State ... made Irish debut against Nevada in season opener ... recorded first career tackle against Washington State in San Antonio ... logged 1:08 of playing time and made 15 special-teams appearances.
2008 (FRESHMAN): Did not see any game action.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named Gatorade Player of the Year for Ohio ... finalist for Mr. Football award in Ohio ... earned second-team All-America honors from USA Today following senior season ... one of five future Irish players placed on the EA Sports All-America third team ... named offensive player of the year for Division IV by the Associated Press and the quarterback on the Associated Press NE Inland Division IV all-district football team ... ranked by Scout.com as the sixth-best Ohio prospect and eighth-best safety in the nation ... Rivals.com rated him to be the 12th-best player in Ohio and the 14th-best safety in the country ... played in first 12 games for Mooney and helped team go undefeated in those contests while being ranked No. 1 in Ohio and No. 9 in the nation by USA Today ... rushed for 1,340 yards with 15 TDs and passed for 625 yards with seven TDs as a senior ... posted 137 tackles and nine sacks during senior season ... gained 128 yards on the ground with one TD and passed for 103 yards with two TDs to lead Mooney to a 21-17 win over Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary's ... rushed for 161 yards and two TDs in the Cardinals 28-0 victory over Bishop Watterson in the regular-season finale ... as a junior, helped lead his team to a state championship - the sixth in school history - after playing both quarterback and defensive back ... in the state title game, rushed 22 times for 161 yards and a TD and completed two of four passes for 61 yards en route to the 26-12 victory ... threw for 785 yards and eight TDs while rushing for 1,910 yards and 21 TDs during junior season and added 112 tackles, seven sacks and two interceptions on defense ... grandfather Jack Mayo attended Notre Dame from 1943-47 and was captain of the baseball team his final year ... older brother Kyle played safety at Notre Dame from 2005-09 and was captain in '09 ... older brother Brian also attended Notre Dame and graduated in '06 ... played for coach P.J. Fecko at Mooney ... named to National Honor Society ... four-year member of the student council, spanish and science clubs in high school .. son of John and Janet McCarthy ... second youngest of four children (all boys) ... graduated from Mendoza College of Business in May 2012 and earned a finance degree ... currently enrolled in graduate studies program.
McCarthy's Career Statistics