No. 6 Irish Defeat Navy, 49-39
No. 6 Irish Defeat Navy, 49-39
Darius Walker rushes for 128 yards, but Tigers pull away after score was tied, 14-14, late in the first half.
Notre Dame vs. Stanford
Rushing Attempts - 35 (at Stanford, 2005)
Rushing Yards - 186 (at Stanford, 2005)
Rushing Touchdowns - 3 (vs. Ohio State, 2005)
Longest Rush - 40 (at Pittsburgh, 2005)
CAREER: One of college football's premier tailbacks ... rated 16th nationally among 2006 running backs by Lindy's, 19th by The Sporting News ... is primed to become one of the top-10 leading career ground-gainers in Irish history this fall ... a preseason Maxwell Award watch list selection ... has shown remarkable consistency in his two years on the college scene ... has developed into a threat as a receiver, in addition to his acknowledged rushing skills ... has rushed for 1,982 yards and 16 TDs in two seasons at Notre Dame ... ranks 13th in Notre Dame history for career rushing yards ... has rushed for 100 or more yards in a game nine times in his Irish career ... is averaging 86.2 rushing yards per game for his career.
2005 (SOPHOMORE): Eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in rushing yardage and produced one of the top receiving years by any Irish running back ... rushed for more than 100 yards in seven games ... opened the season with four 100-yard rushing performances, a first in Notre Dame history ... was the first Notre Dame back since Phil Carter in 1980 (142 vs. Purdue, 103 vs. Michigan, 254 vs. Michigan State) to start a season with three consecutive 100-yard rushing performances ... rushed 253 times for 1,196 yards (4.7-yard average) and nine TDs ... displayed solid receiving skills by making 43 catches for 351 yards (8.2-yard average) and two TDs, the most by a running back in Notre Dame history (old record: 37 by Bob Gladieux in 1968) ... rushed 20 times for 100 yards and one TD versus Pittsburgh ... also caught three passes for 52 yards and a TD versus the Panthers ... scored the first Notre Dame TD of the season by taking a screen pass 51 yards behind a convoy of blockers against Pittsburgh ... rushed 26 times for 104 yards in the win at Michigan ... also caught five passes for 22 yards against the Wolverines ... rushed for a 116 yards on 26 carries (4.5-yard average) and caught five passes for 24 yards and a TD against Michigan State ... scored on a seven-yard pass reception against the Spartans ... rushed for a 128 yards on 21 carries (6.1-yard average) and a TD versus Washington ... also caught three passes for 20 yards against the Huskies ... gained 80 yards rushing on 23 attempts (3.5-yard average) and a TD against Purdue ... rushed for 72 yards on 19 carries (3.8-yard average) and caught four passes for 43 yards against USC ... rushed only seven times for 17 yards against BYU, but caught one pass for a 37-yard gain against the Cougars ... rushed 15 times for 62 yards and caught four passes for 34 yards in the win over Tennessee ... rushed for 118 yards and a TD on 19 carries in the win over Navy, making two catches for 15 yards against the Midshipmen ... rushed for 123 yards and a TD on 26 carries (4.7-yard average), and caught three passes for 14 yards in the win over Syracuse ... had a 37-yard run versus the Orange ... was a workhorse in a memorable performance in the win over Stanford, rushing for a career-high 186 yards and a TD on 35 carries (including a season-long 38-yard run) and catching five passes for 55 yards in the 38-31 victory over the Cardinal ... scored the game's winning TD on a six-yard run with 55 seconds remaining, then took a direct snap in for a two-point conversion to give the Irish their final 38-31 margin over the Cardinal ... produced 241 all-purpose yards versus Stanford, the 11th-best single-game all-purpose yardage total in Notre Dame history ... rushed 16 times for 90 yards and three TDs against Ohio State in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, setting an Irish bowl mark for rushing TDs in a game ... also caught seven passes for 37 yards against the Buckeyes, a career-high for catches in a game ... logged 275:29 of playing time with one special teams appearance ... started in all 12 games.
2004 (FRESHMAN): Set the freshman rushing record at Notre Dame, gaining 786 yards on 185 carries (4.2 average) ... broke Jerome Heavens' previous freshman record for rushing yards set in 1975 (756) ... his seven rushing TDs in 2004 ranked second-best by an Irish freshman, behind Autry Denson's eight in 1995 ... played in 11 games, making two starts ... earned third-team Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News ... did not play in the season opener at BYU ... led the team with 786 rushing yards on 185 attempts with seven rushing TDs ... had 10 receptions for 74 yards ... led the team in TDs ... his longest TD run was a 17-yard scamper against Washington ... ran for a team season-high 115 yards on 31 carries and two TDs in his collegiate debut versus Michigan ... gained 112 yards on 16 carries with two TDs against Pittsburgh ... scores came from one yard and five yards out versus the Panthers ... had a career-long run of 40 yards and a career-long catch of 22 yards against Pittsburgh ... had two catches for 27 yards versus Pittsburgh ... had 20 carries for 82 yards against Stanford ... had nine rushes for 70 yards against Tennessee, including a 32-yard run ... rushed 26 times for 98 yards against Michigan State with a long run of 19 yards ... had 23 carries for 88 yards against Washington in his first career start ... ran 19 times for 60 yards against Purdue ... carried 11 times for 64 yards against USC ... had three catches for 10 yards against the Trojans ... made eight rushes for 35 yards against Boston College ... gained 26 yards on nine carries versus Navy ... rushed for 43 yards on 13 carries and a TD against Oregon State in the Insight Bowl ... made one special teams appearance and logged 150:05 of playing time.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from Buford High School in Buford, Ga. ... rated 63rd on ESPN.com's list of the nation's top 100 prep players ... 139th on collegefootballnews.com list of top 150 prospects in the nation (19th among running backs) ... rated 75th on the Rivals.com Southeast Elite 88 team ... one of 30 players on the 2003 EA Sports All-America team, as selected by Student Sports ... as a senior in 2003, he rushed for 2,406 yards and 46 TDs (a Georgia High School Association single-season record, breaking Herschel Walker's previous mark of 42 ground scores) ... helped his team go 15-0 and win its third straight Georgia class 3A state title in 2003 as part of a 45-game winning streak ... named the Georgia prep player of the year for 2003 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Georgia ... a third-team pick on the Fox Sports Net All-South team ... a first-team running back and offensive player of the year on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution class AA all-state team ... one of 16 running backs on the Super Southern 100 team named by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... career totals included 5,675 rushing yards and 91 TDs ... rushed for 1,985 yards and 26 TDs as a junior in 2002 on 15-0 squad, also earning Georgia class AA all-state honors ... totaled 1,003 rushing yards and 15 TDs on another 15-0 team as a sophomore in 2001 ... helped his team compile a four-year record of 58-2 and four straight state title game appearances ... father Jimmy played on the defensive line at Arkansas under former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz ... full name is Darius A'Dunte Walker ... born Oct. 21, 1985, in Atlanta ... younger of two sons ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in marketing.