Standout defensive lineman is the highest Notre Dame defensive lineman drafted since 1997.
Abiamiri's Career Highs:
Tackles - 10 (at Stanford, 2005)
Tackles For Loss - 4 (at Stanford, 2005)
Sacks - 4 (at Stanford, 2005)
CAREER: The team's most experienced defensive lineman ... a second-team 2006 preseason All-America defensive end by Athlon, third team by Street & Smiths/Walter Camp Football Foundation ... rated the number-five defensive end in college football for `06 by The Sporting News, and eighth by Lindy's ... named to the Hendricks Award watch list ... joins Derek Landri as returning three-time letterwinners on Irish `06 defensive line and joins Landri, Ronald Talley and Trever Laws as returning starters ... has played in all 36 games for the Irish over the last three seasons ... has made 85 tackles (59 solos) including 25 for losses (131 yards) with 11 quarterback sacks (101 yards) during his career ... needs just half a sack to enter the Irish career top 10 list in that category ... needs five tackles for loss to enter the Irish all-time top 10 in that category ... has logged 645:20
of playing time during his Notre Dame career.
2005 (JUNIOR): Notre Dame's Lineman of the Year as voted by the Moose Krause Chapter of the National Football Foundation ... one of 10 players selected to the team's leadership committee by a vote of his teammates ... started all 12 games at defensive end ... ended the season with 48 total tackles (34 solos), including 15 tackles for loss (92 yards), eight sacks (78 yards), two pass deflections, seven quarterback hurries and a forced fumble ... recorded five total tackles at Pittsburgh (three solo), including one sack ... broke up a pass at the line of scrimmage against Michigan ... also registered a solo tackle against the Wolverines ... had seven tackles (three solos), including two for losses (three yards), forced a fumble and had two quarterback hurries against Michigan State ... had two tackles (both solos), including a quarterback sack (12 yards) at Washington ... had two tackles (both solos) at Purdue ... made three tackles (two solos), one quarterback sack (seven yards) and posted two quarterback hurries against USC ... credited with four tackles (three solos) against BYU, including 1.5 quarterback sacks (12 yards) and a quarterback hurry ... made two tackles (one solo), including one tackle for a loss (three yards) and two quarterback hurries against Tennessee ... made five tackles (three solos), including a stop for a loss (one yard) against Navy ... credited with four tackles (three solos), including two for losses (five yards) in the win over Syracuse ... had a monster game in the win over Stanford with four quarterback sacks for 43 yards in losses, including sacks on two consecutive plays to end the final Cardinal possession and clinch the victory ... ended the Stanford game with a team-leading 10 tackles (six solos) ... garnered two tackles and a pass deflection in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State ... logged 261:57 of playing time with 86 special teams appearances.
2004 (SOPHOMORE): Played in every game at defensive end, collecting 15 tackles (nine solos) ... had six tackles for loss, including two sacks ... made season-high three tackles in the Navy game ... had a sack and one other solo tackle versus Pittsburgh ... registered 1.5 tackles for loss versus Stanford as part of a two-tackle day ... collected a tackles for loss against USC ... had two tackles for loss against Purdue, including his first sack of the season ... assisted on a tackles for loss against Washington ... recorded a solo tackle versus Michigan State ... logged 193:37 of playing time.
2003 (FRESHMAN): Reserve lineman who played in his first season and was named a Rivals.com honorable mention Freshman All-American ... played in all 12 games, earning five starting assignments ... became just the fourth Notre Dame freshman to start on the defensive line since 1991 ... one of six freshmen to play for the Irish in 2003 ... made 22 tackles (16 solos), four tackles for loss (17 yards) and a quarterback sack (nine yards) ... saw limited action against Washington State ... recorded his first career tackle against Michigan, for a loss of one yard ... second on the team versus Michigan State with career-high seven tackles in his first career start ... had first career sack against Pittsburgh, for a loss of nine yards ... added two tackles against Boston College ... made second career start at left end versus Florida State ... also started versus Navy, playing at right end in place of injured Kyle Budinscak ... played a career-high 26:46 versus Navy, recording four tackles against the Midshipmen ... posted two tackles versus BYU as he started at right end for the second consecutive game ... also started at right end against Stanford ... recorded four tackles against Syracuse, including one for a loss of four yards ... played 189:46 for the season.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from The Gilman School in Baltimore, Md., ... first-team USA Today prep All-American on defensive line ... named all-metro defensive player of the year by The Baltimore Sun ... rated eighth on ESPN list of nation's top 100 players ... 23rd on The Sporting News Hot 100 ... four-year letterwinner in football ... led team in 2002 with 52 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception as defensive end while helping Greyhounds to 10-0 record, #15 national ranking from USA Today and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title ... in his career, totaled 45 sacks and 63 tackles for loss ... had five sacks in win over DeMatha while helping hold offense to 42 rushing yards ... named defensive player of the year on Baltimore Sun all-Baltimore city/county team ... won all-metro honors from Baltimore Sun as a junior with 16 sacks ... had five tackles and two sacks in U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio ... also competed in basketball and track and field ... all-conference three seasons in both basketball and track and field ... team MVP in basketball as a junior and senior and as a senior in track ... served as a team captain in football, basketball and track as a senior ... brothers Rob and Paschal played football at Maryland ... from same high school as Irish cornerback Ambrose Wooden ... full name is Victor Ikechukwu Abiamiri ... one of three children ... born Jan. 14, 1986, in Baltimore ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in finance ... earned a 3.134 grade-point average during `05 fall semester.