Only returning starting on Irish offensive line in ?03 ? starter at right offensive guard in 2001 and 2002 ? is a three-year monogram winner for the Irish starting 17 games in his career ? the rest of the offensive line has only four starts between them ? played in all 13 games in 2002 ? continues to show signs of coming into his own as a player and needs to with only linemen Jim Molinaro and Dan Stevenson seeing mugh previous playing time at all ? excellent technician with solid all-around ability ? needs to step up and be a leader for the offense line in ?03 ? received a fifth year of eligibility from the Notre Dame Faculty Board on Athletics.
AS A SENIOR: Irish starting right offensive guard in 2002 ? played 266:27 minutes on the season and has over 416:15 minutes played in his career ? helped lead the way for running back Ryan Grant to 132 yards vs. Michigan, his first career 100-yard rushing game ? helped Irish to rush for 249 yards vs. Stanford, the most rushing yards Stanford had given up at that point in the season ? allowed the Irish to have two running backs rush for over 100 yards (Rashon Powers-Neal with 108 yards and Ryan Grant with 103 yards) for the first time since 1997 against Stanford ? helped Irish rush for 335 yards vs. Air Force, a season-high and highest rushing total since the West Virginia game in ?01, where the Irish gained 366 yards ? helped sophomore RB Ryan Grant gain a career-high 190 yards against Air Force, the 12th-best single-game total in Irish history ? Grant also went on to become only the seventh 1,000-yard rusher in Notre Dame history.
AS A JUNIOR: Irish starter at right offensive guard to open 2001 ? made first career start vs. Nebraska, then came off bench vs. Michigan State and Texas A&M ? played 143:41 minutes in ?01 ? started for the Irish at right guard again vs. Pittsburgh and West Virginia ? helped Irish amass 345 yards rushing vs. West Virginia, Notre Dame?s most since gaining 380 yards vs. Boston College last year ? Irish collected 208 yards rushing vs. USC ? helped Irish rush for 233 yards vs. Boston College.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Irish backup offensive guard in 2000 ? played in first career game vs. Navy, seeing time as backup right guard ? also played vs. Rutgers.
AS A FRESHMAN: Did not see game action as rookie Irish offensive lineman in ?99.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: A USA Today second-team All-America offensive lineman ? rated 86th on list of top 100 national prospects by ESPN.com and 56th on a similar list published by The Sporting News ? 40th nationally on Chicago Sun-Times list of top 100 players ? one of 10 offensive linemen on Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 team ? rated one of top 50 prospects in Georgia (and one of six offensive linemen) by Atlanta Journal-Constitution ? honorable mention pick on Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team ? a first-team pick on Fox Sports South Countdown to Signing Day All-South team ? earned three letters as tackle in football at Norcross High School in Norcross, Ga. ? all-state and all-league pick as senior when he captained the team as well ? graded out at 93 percent as blocker ? named Metro Atlanta lineman of the year by Atlanta Touchdown Club ? chosen Georgia?s Gwinnett County lineman of the year ? selected for Georgia-Florida all-star game ? earned four letters in track and field as shot putter ? finished third in shot put at Georgia state track meet as junior at 54-6 ? set school marks indoors at 53-5 and outdoors at 56-2 as junior ? attended Notre Dame summer football camp ? full name is Sean Patrick Milligan ? second oldest of three children ? born Feb. 18, 1981 in Bellflower, Calif. ? enrolled in College of Arts and Letters, majoring in history and computer applications.