||Dwight Stephenson, Jr.
CAREER: Approved for a fifth year by Notre Dame's Faculty Board on Athletics ... had a very strong spring and is competing for the starting defensive end position opposite Trevor Laws ... has played in only seven games in his career and recorded one tackle for the Irish.
2006 (SENIOR): Reserve defensive tackle who moved from defensive end prior to spring practice ... played in one game ... registered an assisted tackle against Army on Senior Day.
2005 (JUNIOR): Reserve defensive tackle who moved from defensive end prior to spring practice ... played in six games ... played 5:23 on defense against Navy, the longest playing stint of his career to this point ... made seven special teams appearances versus Syracuse ... logged 10:30 of playing time with nine special teams appearances.
2004 (SOPHOMORE): Did not play for the Irish.
2003 (FRESHMAN): Did not see any playing time as a rookie linebacker.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton, Fla. ... had 80 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and 27 sacks as senior in 2002, tying for the Palm Beach County lead in total tackles ... named to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel Super 11 squad and earned first-team all-county honors ... a three-year letterman in football ... team captain as a senior ... selected to play in the Cali-Florida all-star game ... played four different positions, mostly linebacker and end on defense ... also played basketball and competed in track and field ... averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds per game in basketball ... father Dwight was an All-America center at the University of Alabama and an NFL Hall of Fame selection who played with the Miami Dolphins ... full name is Dwight Eugene Stephenson, Jr. ... born Sept. 11, 1984, in Miami, Fla. ... graduated from the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in management ... earned 3.152 grade-point average in `06 spring semester and 3.161 in `06 fall semester.