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.