The Fighting Irish finished the regular season undefeated and No. 1 for the first time since 1988.
JUNIOR SEASON (2012): Appeared in six games as a special-teams contributor during the season.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Three-year letterwinner at Providence Catholic High School ... also earned two letters in wrestling ... helped Providence to Chicago Catholic League Blue title, as well as a sectional and regional championship ... Providence reached the state title game in 2009 ... collected 139 tackles, 10 sacks and 14 tackles for loss as a senior ... led Illinois in tackles (148) as a junior in 2008 ... also collected 10 TFLs, nine sacks and one interception in '08 ... coached by Mark Coglianese at Providence Catholic High School . . . member of the National Honor Society, Habitat for Humanity and Augustinian Youth Ministry ... born in Chicago ... son of Ron and Laura Plantz ... father graduated from Notre Dame in 1986 and earned three football monograms as a center ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a finance major.