Expected to help '99 Irish at offensive guard slot after previously competing as center . . . probably will work at right guard entering fall camp . . . came out of spring drills as top backup at center position on '98 Irish offensive line and worked in that role during '98 campaign . . . made switch from guard to center and was penciled in to work with regular John Merandi there, then came back to guard prior to '99 campaign . . . made solid strides during '97 spring drills after watching rookie campaign from sidelines . . . displays good skills and will provide solid depth for Irish despite minimal experience . . . gained plenty of work in spring of '97 with Mike Rosenthal and Alex Mueller both sidelined by injuries.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in four games for Irish in '98 as top backup at center . . . saw game action vs. Michigan State, Stanford, Army and Baylor . . . made 11 appearances with Irish special teams.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Did not play in a game as reserve at strong offensive guard in '97.
AS A FRESHMAN: Did not see game action as reserve Irish offensive lineman in '96.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: First-team Pennsylvania all-state pick as senior in '95 by United Press International . . . earned three letters as tackle in football as Woodland Hills High School in Pittsburgh . . . captain of team as senior . . . two-time all-conference selection . . . helped Woodland Hills to marks of 8-4 as sophomore and 8-3 as junior . . . selected for Big 33 and Foothills Classic all-star games . . . made verbal commitment to attend Notre Dame in June '95 . . . earned three letters in both basketball and track . . . stood 5-9 and weighed 170 as high school freshman . . . younger of two children . . . born 11-25-77 in Redwood City, Calif. . . . full name is Robert H. Mowl . . . father George was Weber State football co-captain in '69 . . . enrolled in College of Arts and Letters with major in design.