Tommy Rees threw three touchdown passes in his first collegiate start to lead the Irish offense.
CAREER: Big, strong defensive lineman has played in 19 games over Irish career, including all 13 in 2010 ... has made 11 career tackles, including six solo stops ... added a half tackle for loss and pass breakup ... played in six games during sophomore season after not seeing any action as freshman ... enters 2011 competing for time at nose guard in Notre Dame's 3-4 defense.
2010 (JUNIOR): Saw action in all 13 games for the Irish ... registered six solo and five assisted tackles on the season ... posted solo stops against Purdue, Boston College and Miami (Fla.) ... notched single assisted tackles against the Eagles, Western Michigan and Utah ... totaled two solo tackles in the matchup with Tulsa ... aided Irish defense against Army, tallying three stops, including one assisted tackle for loss ... played 244 snaps on defense, fifth most of any Irish defensive lineman.
2009 (SOPHOMORE): Appeared in six games as reserve defensive tackle ... played against Nevada, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Boston Col- lege and Washington State ... did not record a tackle ... logged 9:25 of playing time and made two special-teams appearances.
2008 (FRESHMAN): Did not see any game action.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Earned first-team New Jersey all-state recognition on the offensive line from the Associated Press following senior year ... four-year starter who tallied 78 tackles in his senior year despite facing constant double and triple-teaming ... rated by Rivals.com as the ninth-best player in New Jersey and the 35th-best defensive tackle in the nation ... ranked the ninth-best player in the Garden State by Scout.com and the 38th-best defensive tackle in the country ... selected the ninth-best player in New Jersey by SuperPrep ... named a Rivals.com junior All-American following his third season in which he totaled 106 tackles and six sacks ... also played offensive line and was named first-team all-conference there following his senior year ... member of a state championship team as a junior and the defense he was part of pitched five shutouts ... defeated Phillipsburg H.S., 14-9, to help the Minutemen claim the 2006 North II, Group IV state sectional championship ... played for coach Chet Parlavecchio at Elizabeth High School ... born Feb. 6, 1989 ... enrolled in College of Arts and Letters as a sociology major.