AS A SOPHOMORE: Did not see game action in 2000 as reserve outside linebacker.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in five games in '99 as reserve Irish linebacker, working mainly with Notre Dame special teams . . . saw action vs. Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Arizona State and Pittsburgh, making 16 combined special team appearances.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: USA Today honorable mention All-America pick . . . named Defensive Player of the Year and first-team all-state by Oklahoma City's Daily Oklahoman . . . one of 17 players on '98 Blue Chip List by The Oklahoman . . . made 145 tackles, five sacks and three fumble recoveries as senior in '98 at Star Spencer High School in Spencer, Okla. . . . earned four letters in football as fullback and linebacker . . . captain of team as senior . . . three-time all-league and all-city pick . . . played fullback on offense in '98, rushing for 341 yards, catching passes for another 234 yards and scoring 14 touchdowns . . . blocked two punts as senior . . . finished with 557 career tackles . . . selected for Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State football game in July '99 . . . won four letters in basketball, helping team to league title as junior . . . won three letters in track . . . full name is Justin Terrell Thomas . . . older of two children . . . born 7-13-81 in Oklahoma City, Okla. . . . enrolled in Mendoza College of Business.