AS A SENIOR: Irish starting cornerback in all 11 games in 2001…blocked a punt in fourth period to set up only Irish touchdown vs. Nebraska…leader of Irish secondary that held Nebraska to 88 yards, Michigan State to 208 yards and Texas A&M to 177 yards…recorded three tackles vs. Michigan State. . . had five tackles vs. Texas A&M…recorded first interception of the season vs. Pittsburgh…had first career forced fumble vs. Pittsburgh. . .recorded two tackles and broke up a pass vs. West Virginia…tied a career high with seven tackles vs. USC…also made key special teams play vs. USC by stopping fake punt on USC 28 late in the second quarter…the Irish later scored a touchdown, closing the gap to 13-10 at the half. . .recorded three tackles and broke up a pass vs. Boston College. . .recorded four tackles, including one for a loss of three yards, and broke up a pass vs. Tennessee…recorded seven tackles, including three for a loss and one sack, vs. Navy…also recorded an interception…named NBC/Chevrolet Player of the Game vs. Navy…led the team with eight passes broken up…named to Football News preseason all-independent team.
AS A JUNIOR: Irish starting cornerback in 2000 . . . made first career start vs. Texas
A&M, notching first five tackles of his career . . . had seven tackles and
first career interception vs. Nebraska, while leading team in playing time
. . . intercepted Drew Brees pass late in first quarter and returned it 60
yards for a touchdown to give Notre Dame a 14-0 lead over the Boilermakers
. . . notched six tackles vs. West Virginia and had career-high eight
tackles vs. Air Force . . . played every defensive snap vs. West
Air Force and Boston College . . . broke right forearm vs. Rutgers and had
surgery on Nov. 19, causing him to miss finale vs. USC . . . led all
players in minutes at time of his injury . . . returned to play off the
bench vs. Oregon State in 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, making two solo
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in nine games in '99, working as reserve
cornerback and making 61 overall special team appearances . . . saw action
vs. Purdue, Arizona State and USC in secondary.
AS A FRESHMAN: Led Irish
soccer team in scoring as rookie forward in '98 with 10 goals and seven
assists . . . a second-team all-BIG EAST selection and a second-team
all-Mideast Region pick by National Soccer Coaches Association of America
. . named to '98 BIG EAST all-rookie team . . . three-time selection as
EAST Rookie of the Week . . . became first freshman to lead Notre Dame in
scoring since Bill Lanza in 1992 . . . accounted for four game-winning
goals while starting 17 of 18 contests and helping team to 9-6-3 record .
. had two goals and two assists in his first collegiate game.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Former two-time captain in both football and soccer at
The Bishop's School in San Diego, Calif. . . . won four letters in both
sports . . . three-time all-Coastal League pick in football . . .
in football as a senior . . . caught 47 passes for 826 yards as senior
receiver in '97 and returned 41 punts for 1,002 yards (24.4 average) . . .
helped team to California Interscholastic Federation Division IV titles
each of his last three seasons . . . conference athlete of the year in
football and soccer as senior . . . four-time all-league pick in soccer
while scoring 45 goals and netting 25 assists in his four seasons combined
. . . played on club soccer teams that won under-16 and under-17 national
titles . . . full name is Shane Scott Walton . . . born 10-9-79 in San
Diego . . . enrolled in College of Arts and Letters with major in