AS A SENIOR: Handled kickoff duties in 2000 after being a four-year starter on the Notre Dame soccer team from 1996-99 . . . three of five kickoffs were for touchbacks against Texas A&M . . . opening kickoff against Stanford was also a touchback, as were two vs. Navy . . . had three straight touchbacks to open second half vs. West Virginia . . . registered two more touchbacks vs. USC . . . 59 regular-season kickoffs yielded average opponent starting position of 25.6-yard line.
IRISH SOCCER CAREER: Former Irish soccer standout tried his hand at football at collegiate level for first time in 2000 . . . four-year starter for Notre Dame soccer team from 1996-99, starting in 77 of 80 games he played for Irish during that period . . . played sweeper on defense, helping Irish record seven shutouts and 1.2 goals-against average as senior in '99 . . . helped Notre Dame to four straight appearances in BIG EAST Championship in soccer, including '96 when Notre Dame won NCAA first-round game . . . an all-BIG EAST second-team selection as junior in '98 . . . scored a goal and an assist as freshman in '96, two goals and two assists in '97, one goal and two assists in '98 and one assist as senior in '99.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Former kicker, punter and tight end at Lamar High School in Arlington, Texas . . . two-time all-state pick in football . . . set school record with 55 PATs as senior and hit all 10 field-goal attempts . . . his 48-yard field goal with seven seconds left lifted Lamar to quarterfinal victory in state playoffs in '95 . . . set school record with 85 points . . . averaged 40.0 yards per punt as senior . . . two-year starter and captain in soccer . . . scored 22 goals as junior, 20 as senior . . . led district in scoring two straight seasons . . . three-time all-state pick in soccer . . . led Dallas Texas Club team to four straight state titles . . . six-year member of North Texas State Olympic Developmental pool . . . born 10-22-77 . . . married the former Christy Spiegel in June '99 . . . enrolled in Mendoza College of Business, with majors in accounting and computer applications.