Fighting Irish players meet with media before heading out for first practice of 2009 season
CAREER: Has played both linebacker and fullback in his Irish career and enters fall competing for role as inside linebacker ... has played in 12 career games for Irish, two in 2009 and 10 in 2008 ... started career as linebacker and transitioned to fullback as sophomore.
2009 (JUNIOR): Saw action in two games for Irish during 2009 campaign (Washington State and Navy) as reserve fullback and on special teams ... did not register a carry or a reception ... totaled 2:31 of playing time and made 11 appearances on special teams.
2008 (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in 10 of Notre Dame's 13 games as a backup fullback (did not play vs. Michigan, Michigan State or Boston College) ... did not register a carry or reception ... logged 24:25 of playing time with 85 special-teams appearances.
2007 (FRESHMAN): Did not see game action as a reserve linebacker in rookie year.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated the 29th-best prospect and No. 3 linebacker in Pennsylvania ... rated the 10th-best player in Pennsylvania and 29th-best player in the "athlete" category in the nation by Rivals.com ... rated the seventh-best inside linebacker by Tom Lemming ... Scout.com listed him as the No. 36 strong side linebacker in the nation and the 29th-best prospect in Pennsylvania ... missed much of his senior season with a hamstring injury ... named first-team all-state by the Pennsylvania Associated Press in 2005 as an all-purpose player on the first-team defense - one of just four juniors on the 28-player first-team all-state roster ... also played running back in high school, becoming just the 35th player in Pennsylvania high school history to rush for at least 4,000 yards in his career ... rated the 20th-best running back nationally and 43rd-best player in the East for 2006 on preseason basis by The Sporting News SchoolSports ... one of top 33 running backs nationally on 2006 preseason basis by CBS Sportsline.com College Football Preview ... rated the fifth-best prospect in the "athlete" category on 2006 preseason basis by The Sporting News ... played running back as a sophomore and finished with 2,187 yards including five 200-yard games and became only the sixth sophomore to make the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 team ... hampered by an ankle injury as a junior and rushed for 1,291 yards on 160 carries ... played for coach Greg Mihalik at Hampton ... started as an outfielder on the varsity baseball team for four years and played on the varsity basketball team for four years ... former national champion of the Punt, Pass and Kick competition ... born Aug. 5, 1988 ... son of Stephen and Lisa Paskorz ... enrolled in Mendoza College of Business, majoring in marketing.