Notre Dame is headed to the BCS Championship game after reaching 12-0 for the first time since 1988.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2012): Appeared in all 13 games of rookie season, primarily as a special teams contributor ... registered seven tackles, four of which were unassisted ... logged at least one stop in five of the final six games ... posted first career tackle for loss in the win at Oklahoma (Oct. 27), forcing a fumble on the play ... credited with half of a tackle for loss against Wake Forest (Nov. 17).
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: First-team defensive lineman on all-Observer squad by Charlotte Observer for 2011 . . . considered the 13th-best player in North Carolina by 247Sports . . . rated 15th-best player in North Carolina by SuperPrep . . . ranked number-19 player in North Carolina by Rivals.com . . . led team with 76 tackles, 14 sacks and 27 tackles for loss, to go with 18 quarterback pressures, three pass breakups, a forced fumble and a field-goal block . . . two-time all-Mecklenburg selection by Charlotte Observer . . . as junior in 2010 recorded 70 tackles, nine sacks, two forced fumbles and a blocked field goal . . . an all-league selection on 8-5 Ardrey Kell team as junior . . . chosen to play in North Carolina-South Carolina Shrine Bowl . . . from same high school that produced current Irish defender Prince Shembo . . . moved to United States from Nigeria as sixth-grader . . . coached by Adam Hastings at Ardrey Kell High School . . . enrolled in First Year of Studies.