A tough, hard-nosed player with solid skills at the fullback
position Sa great blocker and one of the hardest hitters on the Irish
AS A SENIOR: Irish backup at fullback in 2001 . . .played
only on special teams vs. Nebraska and Michigan State. . .made first
appearance with offense vs. Pittsburgh. . .recorded first career
kickoff return vs. West VirginiaScarried the football for the first
time in 2001 with two attempts vs. USCSdid not play vs. Navy and
Stanford due to sprained kneeSsaw limited action vs. Purdue due to
AS A JUNIOR: Irish backup at fullback in 2000 . . . played in
nine games overall, including 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl vs. Oregon
State . . . caught six-yard touchdown pass from Gary Godsey midway
through first quarter vs. Michigan State to give Irish 7-0 lead,
marking his first career TD and first career reception . . . played
most of game vs. Stanford, filling in for injured Tom Lopienski . . .
had first carry of the season and also caught a six-yard pass vs.
Cardinal . . . made first career start vs. Air Force . . . suffered
hamstring injury vs. Boston College, causing him to miss Rutgers game
. . . rebounded to start vs. USC.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Did not play in a game in '99 . . . shoulder
injury required Sept. 17 surgery that finished him for the season.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in each of last nine games in '98 as
reserve Irish fullback, including vs. Georgia Tech in '99 Gator Bowl
. . . made 41 regular-season appearances with Irish special teams,
then six more in Gator Bowl . . . saw action at fullback vs.
Stanford, Arizona State, Baylor and Navy . . . had two carries for
eight yards vs. Arizona State and two for seven vs. Navy . . . did
not see varsity action as rookie fullback in '97.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: USA Today honorable mention
All-America pick . . . rushed for 1,692 yards and 20 TDs on 202
carries as senior in '96 on 12-1 team at Belle Vernon High School in
Belle Vernon, Pa. . . . helped team to Pennsylvania Class 3A state
title in '95 while carrying 220 times for 2,035 yards and 19 TDs . .
. began sophomore season as offensive guard, didn't start as tailback
until fifth game but still finished with 1,020 rushing yards in '94 .
. . ran for 280 yards in fourth game of '96, shaking off preseason
hamstring injury, and had another game of 286 yards and four TDs on
21 attempts . . . finished with nearly 5,000 career rushing yards . .
. played offensive line in junior high . . . ran 58 yards for a TD
the first time he touched the ball in a Belle Vernon uniform and he
did the same the last time he touched it . . . born 11-30-78 . . .
graduated from the Mendoza College of Business with degree in
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