Ndukwe's Career Highs:
Tackles - 8 (BYU, 2005)
Tackles For Loss - 1 (Twice: at Washington, 2005; Tennessee, 2005)
Passes Broken Up - 2 (Twice: Tennessee, 2005; at Stanford, 2005)
Interceptions - 1 (Twice: Michigan State, 2005; USC, 2005)
Fumble Recoveries - 1 (5 times - most recent: at Washington, 2005)
CAREER: Three-time monogram winner who started all 12 games at safety last season ... one of four returning starters in `06 Irish secondary joining Mike Richardson as three-time lettermen ... has played at safety the last two seasons, seeing action in 21 games while logging 310:44 of playing time on defense.
2005 (JUNIOR): Started all 12 games at safety ... created seven turnovers (four fumble recoveries, two interceptions and one forced fumble) ... made 52 tackles (31 solos), including 2.5 tackles for loss (five yards), two interceptions and five passes broken up, forced a fumble, recovered four fumbles and blocked a field goal ... ranked seventh on the team in total tackles ... recorded three tackles (two solo) and a pass breakup at Pittsburgh ... recovered a second-quarter fumble on special teams that led to the Irish taking a 28-10 advantage over the Panthers ... had four tackles (three solo) at Michigan ... his fourth-quarter fumble recovery at the goal line was crucial in protecting Notre Dame's lead over the Wolverines ... had a huge game against Michigan State when he made five tackles (three solos), recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass ... made seven tackles (all solos), including one for a loss (three yards), forced a fumble and recovered the fumble against Washington ... the forced fumble that he recovered ended a Washington scoring threat at the Irish one-yard line on the game's opening possession ... had two tackles (one solo) against Purdue ... made three tackles (all assists) and intercepted a pass against USC ... his pass interception came in the end zone off a deflection by Ambrose Wooden, ending a second-quarter scoring threat by USC ... made career-high eight tackles (four solos) against BYU ... made seven tackles (three solos), including one for a loss, and broke up two passes in the win over Tennessee ... made four tackles (two solos) in the win over Navy ... made four tackles (two solos), including an assist on a tackle for a loss, versus Syracuse ... credited with three tackles (two solos) and broke up two passes in the win over Stanford ... recorded two tackles and blocked a field goal against Ohio State in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl ... logged 298:38 of playing time with 37 special teams appearances.
2004 (SOPHOMORE): Moved from wide receiver to safety during spring drills ... played in nine games, mostly on special teams ... made seven tackles (four solos), broke up a pass, forced a fumble and recovered one fumble ... made two tackles, forced a fumble and recovered it versus Washington ... had one solo tackle in the Boston College and Pittsburgh games ... assisted on a tackle against Tennessee and Stanford ... made one solo tackle versus Oregon State in the Insight Bowl ... made 87 special teams appearances and logged 12:06 of playing time.
2003 (FRESHMAN): Played in all 12 games, mostly on special teams ... made appearances as a receiver in seven games ... made three catches for 14 yards ... one of six freshmen to play for the Irish in 2003 ... made his first career reception against Purdue ... had two receptions for 15 yards against Stanford ... played most of the fourth quarter against Stanford ... logged 13:17 on offense and made 71 total special teams appearances.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from Coffman High School in Dublin, Ohio ... CBS Sportsline.com All-American ... honorable mention pick on Detroit Free Press Best of the Midwest squad ... caught 48 passes for 659 yards and 10 TDs as a senior in 2002 ... earned all-Central Ohio honors in 2002 ... finished with 150 career catches, 2,174 yards and 24 TDs ... caught 59 passes for 850 yards and 11 TDs as junior ... set Coffman High School record for career receiving yardage (2,174), most yards in a season (838), most receptions in a game (12), most receiving yards in a game (212), career receptions (150) and most catches in a season (59) ... team captain as a senior ... played in the North-South All-Star Game and the Big 33 All-Star Game ... also played basketball in high school, lettering twice ... from same high school as fellow Irish senior Brady Quinn and former Notre Dame men's basketball guard Chris Quinn ... member of African American Student-Enrichment Organization and Young Life in high school ... one of four children ... brother Ikechuku was an offensive lineman at Northwestern and now plays with NFL's Washington Redskins ... has another brother Kelechi who is a 2002 Notre Dame graduate and a sister who attended nearby Saint Mary's College ... Sister Grace is a current Notre Dame freshman born March 4, 1985, in Charlottesville, Va. ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business and the College of Arts and Letters, pursuing dual majors of marketing and psychology.