Returned to defense once again in 2000 after playing center in '99 and won the starting left tackle position . . . possesses great work ethic, attitude and toughness . . . fifth-year player who worked hard to regain form that enabled him to split time on defense in '98 . . . made spring '99 switch from defensive line after earning a monogram there in '98 . . . tough competitor with great desire . . . worked into defensive line rotation in '98 as backup at tackle . . . dependable athlete whose discipline is strong suit . . . made substantial progress in '98 campaign toward goal of creating niche for himself on squad.
AS A SENIOR: Fifth-year player moved back to defense for 2000 and started 10 regular-season games for Irish (all but Texas A&M) . . . had four tackles and a sack vs. Texas A&M in reserve role . . . made first career start at defensive tackle against Nebraska and started last 10 contests of season . . . registered two tackles and a sack vs. Michigan State . . . had career-high six tackles and a sack vs. Air Force . . . gained first career interception on Mike McMahon pass in first quarter vs. Rutgers to set up Tom Lopienski touchdown that gave Irish 14-3 lead . . . had four tackles, all for lost yardage, including a sack and also recovered a fumble vs. USC . . . played reserve role in 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl vs. Oregon State.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in two games in '99 as reserve center, seeing action vs. Kansas and Arizona State.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Irish backup at defensive end in '98 . . . played in 10 games in '98 (all but Purdue and Baylor) in that role . . . played 41 plays vs. Michigan and 34 more vs. Michigan State in rotation on defensive line . . . made four stops vs. Michigan State . . . forced a fumble by Arizona State quarterback Ryan Kealy but the play was negated by an Irish penalty . . . pulled a hamstring vs. Army and did not play vs. Baylor, then returned vs. Boston College . . . recovered a fumble vs. Navy . . . played reserve role vs. Georgia Tech in '99 Gator Bowl, also making two special team appearances in that contest.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in one game in '97, seeing brief action vs. Boston College as reserve defensive end . . . did not see game action as rookie defensive lineman in '96.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Helped team to championship game of 4A playoffs in '95 Indiana state finals . . . Indiana all-state pick in '94 and '95 as defensive tackle . . . earned three letters in football at Franklin County High School in Brookville, Ind. . . . made 110 tackles and five sacks on defense and also played offensive tackle in '95 . . . captain of team as junior and senior . . . made 37 tackles as junior in '94 on 9-2 team . . . selected for Indiana North-South all-star game . . . finished 34-1 as state runner-up in wrestling as heavyweight as junior in '95 . . . finished third in state in '96 as senior with 35-1 mark . . . earned two letters in wrestling, captaining team as senior . . . hit .385 as junior as first baseman in baseball . . . born 2-28-78 in Connersville, Ind. . . . oldest of three children . . .full name is Robert Jacob Scott . . . graduated in May 2000 from College of Arts and Letters with major in psychology and computer applications . . . took additional business courses during 2000 fall semester.