Alex Bars Named 2018 Notre Dame Football Captain

Bars joins previously named captains center Sam Mustipher, punter Tyler Newsome and linebacker Drue Tranquill


Irish Trio NFL Combine Bound

Returns to action after missing all of the 2003 season with an injury ... is back as the starter at inside linebacker, a position he manned for the entire 2002 season ... played special teams his first two seasons ... was third on the Irish in tackles in 2002 with 75 ... a tough player who can be nasty at times ... has good lateral movement and can make plays from sideline to sideline.

2003 (SENIOR): Sat out the season with an injury ... was named to the Preseason Butkus Award Watch List ... Lindy's ranked him 12th nationally among inside linebackers in its season preview magazine.

2002 (JUNIOR): Started all 13 games at inside linebacker, his first season as the starter ... made 75 tackles (48 solos) to ranked third on the team in total tackles ... led the team in tackles for loss with 13 (48 yards) and had four quarterback sacks for 21 yards ... also forced a fumble and intercepted a pass, in addition to breaking up three passes ... was the Irish's leading tackler in three games (Maryland, Purdue and Rutgers) ... led the team in tackles against Maryland with a then career-high eight tackles (two for losses, including his first career sack) in first career start ... led the Irish in tackles versus Purdue with a career-high 11 tackles (including three tackles for loss), forced a fumble and broke up two passes ... helped hold Michigan to under 100 yards rushing for the first time in 2002 and recorded six tackles against the Wolverines ... had six tackles versus Pittsburgh, including one sack for a loss of seven yards ... helped the Irish defense hold Air Force (which was ranked no. 1 nationally in rushing offense) to 104 yards rushing, its lowest rushing total of the season ... helped hold Florida State to 93 yards rushing, its lowest rushing total of the year ... recorded eight tackles versus Navy ... made a team-high seven tackles (including a career-high two sacks) against Rutgers ... made his first career interception (18-yard return) against Southern California, in addition to seven tackles ... was all over the field posting seven tackles in the 2003 Gator Bowl against North Carolina State before suffering a broken collarbone in the second half ... played 249:03 on the season and made 25 special teams appearances.

2001 (SOPHOMORE): Saw action exclusively on special teams in 2001 ... recorded a special teams tackle against Tennessee ... made 115 special teams appearances, including 12 versus Navy ... recorded two tackles against Navy ... played in all 11 games, making 115 special teams appearances.

2000 (FRESHMAN): Was listed third on the 2000 Irish depth chart at inside linebacker, but made all his appearances on special teams ... one of just four freshmen to play for Irish in 2000 ... joined cornerback Vontez Duff and quarterback Matt LoVecchio as the only Irish freshmen to earn monograms in 2000 ... made his first appearance versus Texas A&M, making six special teams appearances ... made first career tackle against Navy ... played in 11 games on special teams, making 59 appearances.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Joliet Catholic Academy in Joliet, Ill. ... Parade All-American ... one of 34 players (along with Irish teammate Greg Pauly) on the Reebok ESPN prep All-America team ... a second-team selection on the USA Today All-America team ... no. 20 on the Chicago Sun-Times list of top 100 prospects ... named to list of top 100 national prospects by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (one of 13 linebackers) and The Dallas Morning News (one of 13 linebackers) ... rated ninth on the Best of the Midwest listing by the Detroit Free-Press ... selected Gatorade Player of the Year for 1999 in Illinois ... made 74 tackles (64 solos) as a senior in 1999, with 13 sacks, 22 tackles for loss, eight forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries ... earned four letters in football at linebacker and tight end ... helped his team to a 14-0 record and the Illinois Class 4A state title in 1999 ... captain of the team as a senior in 1999 ... a two-time all-state pick who was named on the 1999 teams by the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Champaign News-Gazette ... named to the 1999 Catholic Metropolitan White Division all-league team ... played inside linebacker as a junior, outside as a senior ... made more than 100 tackles as junior in 1998, with nine sacks and four fumble recoveries ... in his first three seasons he produced 210 tackles, nine sacks, nine tackles for loss, six forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, three interceptions ... an all-state and all-conference pick as a junior in 1998 ... caught two passes for 45 yards as a tight end in 1999 ... earned three letters in basketball and three more in track ... has been timed at 10.8 in the 100 meters and 23.2 in the 200 meters ... from the same high school as former Irish and Chicago Bears standout offensive lineman Tom Thayer ... full name is Michael Richard Goolsby ... younger of two children ... born Sept. 10, 1982, in Joliet, Ill. ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters, majoring in American studies.

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Mike Goolsby
Mike  Goolsby


Joliet, IL

High School:
Joliet Catholic

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 242



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