Standout defensive lineman is the highest Notre Dame defensive lineman drafted since 1997.
One of four captains for Notre Dame in 2001 ... an all-star
performer for Irish in 2001 ... Notre Dame team most valuable player
and Lineman of the Year ... drafted in the second round by the
Baltimore Ravens in the 2002 NFL draft S second-team All-American by
ABC Sports Online ... four straight seasons as a starter on the
defensive line ... a second-team preseason All-America pick for '01
at defensive end by Athlon ... rated 16th among defensive ends in
preseason position rankings by The Sporting News and 18th by Lindy's
... a preseason honorable mention All-America pick by Street &
Smith's ... named to the All-Independent team by Football News and
Collegefootballnews.com in both 2000 and 2001 Splayed in the Senior
AS A SENIOR: Returned as starting left defensive end in 2001 ... team most valuable player and lineman of the year ... named to
collegefootballnews.com all-independent teamSnamed an honorable
mention All-American by Football NewsSnamed a second-team
All-American by ABC Sports Online ... served as one of four team
captains for the Irish in 2001 ... named to Lombardi Award preseason
watch list ... Athlon second-team preseason all-independent team ... ranked 18th nationally among defensive ends by Lindy's ... named to
Football News all-independent team ... recorded eight tackles, two
for loss, one sack and one fumble recovery vs. Nebraska ... recorded
three tackles, including one sack vs. Michigan StateShad five tackles
and two pass breakups vs. Texas A&MSrecorded interception vs.
PittsburghSrecorded three tackles for a loss vs. Panthers ... tied
for team lead in tackles with seven vs. West Virginia ... recorded
three tackles, including one for a loss, vs. Boston College ... recorded six tackles, including two for a loss of five yards, and a
sack vs. Tennessee ... recorded seven tackles and forced a fumble vs.
Navy ... recorded eight tackles, including three for a loss, vs.
Stanford ... recorded six tackles vs. Purdue, including four for a
loss ... led the team with 21 tackles for a loss and seven sacksS.
four-year starter on defensive line.
AS A JUNIOR: Starting left defensive end in 2000, opening in
all 12 games, including 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl vs. Oregon State ... developed into most dominant Irish defensive lineman since
Renaldo Wynn in '96 (Wynn was team MVP and #1 NFL draft pick) ...
was Irish team leader in sacks (eight) ... leads active defenders
in career starts and leads non-seniors in career playing time ...
made six tackles vs. Texas A&M ... had seven tackles against
Nebraska ... had career-high nine tackles and a sack against Purdue
... intercepted first pass of his career against Michigan State,
picking off a Jeff Smoker toss in the fourth quarter and returning it
to the MSU two-yard line, setting up a Julius Jones touchdown, which
put Notre Dame ahead 21-20 ... also had four solo tackles and two
sacks vs. the Spartans ... registered six tackles, including two
for loss and a sack vs. Stanford, while also recovering a fumble ... made four tackles, including one for loss vs. West Virginia ...
intercepted Brian St. Pierre pass on second play of game to set up
Julius Jones touchdown that gave Irish 7-0 lead over Boston College ... had a sack and caused a fumble that set up a Terrance Howard
touchdown vs. Rutgers ... had three tackles (including 100th of his
career), including a pair of sacks, and also caused a fumble and
broke up a pass while leading defenders in playing time vs. USC ...
made one solo tackle vs. Oregon State in Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Shared time at defensive end and tackle in
'99 on Notre Dame defensive line ... missed season opener with
injury, then started next seven games at defensive tackle ... made
four tackles, including one for a loss vs. Michigan ... matched
career high with five tackles vs. Navy ... came off bench vs.
Tennessee and Pittsburgh while moving back to end, but started in
every other appearance ... started at left end vs. Boston College,
matching career high of five tackles ... notched three tackles,
including one for loss in finale in starting effort vs. Stanford.
AS A FRESHMAN: Named to '98 All-Freshman first team by
Football News ... starter at left defensive end for Irish
throughout '98 ... played in all 12 games, starting in 11 ...
finished second on team in tackles for loss ... played more minutes
than any other freshman ... started at defensive end vs. Michigan
as only rookie in starting lineup ... forced a fumble that led to
an Irish touchdown ... returned as starter vs. Stanford and made
four tackles overall, one for loss and broke up a pass ... had a
sack and another tackle for loss vs. Army, plus a sack vs. Baylor . .
. had five tackles and a stop for loss vs. Navy ... had two tackles
for loss vs. USC ... made three tackles in start in '99 Gator Bowl
vs. Georgia Tech.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated 48th best player
nationally by Chicago Sun-Times and 66th best player by The Sporting
News ... USA Today honorable mention All-America pick ... helped
Saratoga Springs High School team to back-to-back league crowns and
sectional runner-up honors ... made 79 tackles, including 14 for
losses and five sacks as senior in '97 ... rushed for 717 yards on
109 attempts and caught five passes for 52 yards and a combined six
touchdowns as combination fullback/tight end ... had 192 career
tackles, plus 15 sacks and seven knock-downs ... rushed for 1,305
yards and scored 11 TDs in his career ... three-year starter on
both offense and defense ... named area player of the year as
junior ... carried 96 times for 592 yards and five TDs as junior in
'96 ... had 60 solo tackles, 18 assists, five sacks and three
caused fumbles as junior ... played offensive guard and defensive
tackle as sophomore ... averaged 10 points and eight rebounds as
junior starter in basketball ... received National Football
Foundation scholar-athlete award from Saratoga Springs area chapter ... born 7-28-80 ... full name is Anthony Lee Weaver.