CAREER: Earned first playing time of his Notre Dame career in 2007 and enters training camp with hopes of challenging Asaph Schwapp at fullback ... split time in the spring between fullback and tight end ... appeared in 11 games for the Irish in `07 and totaled six yards on two rushes and caught three passes for 16 yards ... also very useful on special teams where he has logged 41 appearances ... tough, hard-nosed player who also presents a receiving option out of the fullback position.
2007 (SOPHOMORE): Saw first minutes of career during his sophomore campaign ... appeared in every game except at Penn State ... totaled two carries for six yards and gained 16 yards on three catches during the season ... recorded his first reception vs. Michigan, ending the day with two catches for 11 yards ... later in the season registered his first two rushes of his career vs. USC ... tallied 14:17 of playing time on the year and made 41 special teams appearances.
2006 (FRESHMAN): Tall and powerful running back that did not play last season.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from Jasper High School in Jasper, Ind. ... Gatorade Player of the Year in Indiana for 2005 ... rated 101st on list of top 150 players nationally by CollegeFootballNews.com ... honorable mention pick on Detroit Free-Press Best in the Midwest team ... rushed for 2,239 yards and 32 TDs on 313 carries as senior in '05 for second consecutive 2,000-yard rushing season at Jasper High School team in Jasper, Ind ... rated top running back in Indiana in 2005 and one of 10 finalists for Indiana Mr. Football Award as Indianapolis Star Position Award winner at running back ... eventually finished as runnerup in Mr. Football voting ... named to Indiana Top 50 all-state team as one of seven running backs by Indiana Football Coaches Association ... helped Jasper to Indiana Class 4A state playoff semifinal ... listed 97th on '05 preseason list of top players in the country (and 15th among running backs) by The Sporting News ... one of 14 running backs on '05 national preseason top 100 list by CBS SportsLine.com ... Indiana Class 4A all-state selection as junior in '04 ... ranked second in the state in rushing as junior with 2,592 yards on 328 carries ... scored 41 TDs as junior ... averaged 160 yards per game on 26 attempts over freshman and sophomore years combined ... attended Notre Dame football camp in summer of 2005 ... born April 22, 1987 ... son of Mark and Kathy Schmidt ... high school coach was Tony Ahrens ... enrolled in Mendoza College of Business, majoring in finance ... earned a 3.133 grade-point average in '07 fall semester, a 3.154 GPG in the `08 spring semester and owns a 3.057 cumulative GPA..
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