George Atkinson III gets second kickoff return touchdown of season in defeat.
JUNIOR SEASON (2012): Started all 13 games for the Irish ... notched career-high 51 tackles (22 unassisted), with 10.5 stops resulting in a loss and 7.5 sacks ... TFL and sack totals ranked second on the team behind Stephon Tuitt (13 TFL and 12 sacks) ... logged five tackles in the home opening win over Purdue (Sept. 8) ... career-high nine tackles, including two tackles for a loss and a full sack, in the victory at Michigan State (Sept. 15) ... had two tackles (one sack) against Michigan (Sept. 22) ... finished with four tackles in the overtime win against Stanford (Oct. 13) ... registered five stops in the home victory over BYU (Oct. 20) ... credited with three tackles, including one tackle for loss, at Oklahoma (Oct. 27) ... contributed eight tackles, with two stops behind the line of scrimmage and a full sack, against Pittsburgh (Nov. 3) ... five tackles (three sacks) at Boston College (Nov. 10) ... cost the Eagles 29 yards with four total stops for a loss, and also recovered a fumble in the game ... closed out the regular season with five tackles against USC (Nov. 24) ... credited with half of a tackle for a loss during the game.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2011): Appeared in 12 games for the Irish, while starting eight contests ... did not play vs. Michigan State ... did not start vs. Air Force, Maryland or Boston College ... notched six games with three tackles or more ... totaled 31 tackles, including three and a half for loss ... also had a pair of sacks ... recorded a career-high six tackles at Pittsburgh and also had a sack for an 11-yard loss ... registered four tackles and a sack in a win at Wake Forest ... also had four tackles each against USC and Navy.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2010): Saw action in all 13 games in 2010 ... one of six freshmen to make their Irish debut against Purdue ... one of three freshmen (joined Austin Collinsworth and Bennett Jackson) to play in every game... registered 15 tackles on the year, including six solo stops and nine assisted tackles ... had only three tackles, including half a tackle for loss, in Notre Dame's first four games of the season ... then recorded two and a half sacks, forced fumble and quarterback hurry in the two games against Boston College and Pittsburgh ... picked up his first career sack and forced fumble on the same play late in the third quarter against the Eagles ... added a second sack in the fourth quarter versus Boston College ... registered a quarterback hurry and half sack in the victory over the Panthers ... recorded a career-high five tackles, including two solo, and one sack in the victory over No. 15 Utah ... totaled three tackles and a sack (for minus-16 yards) in the Hyundai Sun Bowl victory over Miami (Fla.) ... totaled 121 snaps on defense, the sixth most of any Irish linebacker.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Selected to play in 2010 Offense-Defense Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C. ... named SuperPrep All-American and 11th-best linebacker nationally ... rated seventh-best inside linebacker nationally and among top 250 players nationally by Rivals.com ... received honorable mention accolades on Orlando Sentinel all-Southern Team following senior year in 2009 ... played in only five games during senior campaign at Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, N.C., due to an ankle injury ... invited to play in Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and helped North Carolina defeat South Carolina 24-14 ... ranked sixth-best player in North Carolina by SuperPrep ... rated ninth-best player in North Carolina by Charlotte Observer ... recorded 86 tackles with nine sacks and added two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as junior in 2008 ... made 117 tackles during sophomore season in 2007 and was named to 2007 all-Observer team by Charlotte Observer ... one of only two sophomores on that team and was joined by former Irish defensive back Robert Blanton ... helped lead Knights to first state playoff appearance in 2007 ... became starter on Ardrey Kell's initial varsity team as freshman in 2006 ... also competed in basketball and track in high school ... played for coach Marty Woolbright at Ardrey Kell ... son of Maurice and Gina Shembo ... father moved to United States in 1986 from Democratic Republic of the Congo ... enrolled in College of Arts and Letters.