CAREER: Most experienced defensive cornerback was approved for a fifth year by Notre Dame's Faculty Board on Athletics ... named an honorable mention selection to Street & Smith's preseason All-America team ... rated the number 18 cornerback in the nation by Phil Steele ... joins fellow cornerback Terrail Lambert and safety Tom Zbikowski to form the most experienced level of the Irish defense ... has been a solid contributor over the last two seasons either as a starter or as the team's nickel back ... started 15 games in his career and played in 30 contests over the last three seasons ... totaled 100 tackles and added two interceptions, seven pass break-ups, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble.
2006 (SENIOR): Played in nine games in third season of game action ... used as a reserve cornerback against Michigan State, UCLA, Navy, North Carolina and Air Force ... tallied 21 tackles and two pass break-ups ... opened the season at Georgia Tech by recording two tackles as the starting cornerback ... tied for third on the team and second among defensive backs with six tackles (all solo) vs. Penn State ... added one pass break-up against the Nittany Lions ... notched five tackles vs. North Carolina to tie for third on the team ... recorded four tackles, three solo, along with a pass break-up and forced fumble against LSU in the Sugar Bowl.
2005 (JUNIOR): Started all 12 games at cornerback ... third on the team with 74 tackles (61 solos), two interceptions, five passes broken up and a fumble recovery ... had seven tackles (five solos) and a fumble recovery against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl ... made four tackles (three solos) in the win over Stanford ... credited with five tackles (four solos) against Syracuse ... made three tackles (two solos) in the win over Navy ... had six tackles (five solos) and intercepted a pass against Tennessee ... returned the pass interception 41 yards in the fourth period to set up a Notre Dame field goal, extending the Irish lead ... made six tackles (all solos) against BYU ... made seven tackles (four solos) and broke up a pass that led to an interception against USC ... broke up a Matt Leinart pass in the end zone that was picked off by teammate Chinedum Ndukwe, stopping a USC scoring threat in the second period ... made seven tackles (all solos) and broke up a pass against Purdue ... saved a TD by knocking out a Purdue runner on the Irish one-yard line one play preceding a fumble that ended a scoring threat ... had a team-high nine tackles (all solos) and intercepted a pass in the win at Washington ... his interception in the Irish end zone thwarted a Husky scoring threat in the second period ... made three tackles (two solos) and broke up two passes against Michigan State ... made two crucial tackles to prevent TDs against Michigan ... the second key stop came at the Irish one-yard line when he knocked Michigan receiver Jason Avant out of bounds on a 54-yard play ... the play was made even more vital when the Irish defense stopped the Wolverines on a fumble one play later ... made a team-high 12 tackles (10 solos) against Pittsburgh ... added five tackles (all solos) against Michigan ... logged 284:26 of playing time with 88 special teams appearances.
2004 (SOPHOMORE): Played in nine games, primarily on special teams ... made five tackles (two solos) ... saw action at cornerback versus Washington and in the Insight Bowl versus Oregon State ... made 42 special teams appearances and logged 6:52 of playing time.
2003 (FRESHMAN): Did not see any playing time as a reserve wide receiver.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from The Gilman School in Baltimore, Md. ... a SuperPrep All-American ... Baltimore Sun all-metro offensive player of the year and all-Baltimore City/County offensive player of the year for 2002 at quarterback ... ranked 67th on ESPN list of the nation's top 100 prep players ... helped Gilman go 10-0 and win the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title, rushing for 1,635 yards and 22 TDs and throwing for 1,217 yards and 13 scores while playing mostly quarterback plus some defensive back ... finished with career totals of 4,033 rushing yards and 46 TDs, plus 3,228 passing yards and 30 scores ... set the Maryland state record with 7,261 career total offense yards ... two-time Baltimore Sun all-metro selection ... also handled punting and kicking ... named player of the week by the Baltimore Sun on Oct. 2, 2002, after a 48-45 win over Mount St. Joseph in which he threw for 248 yards (scoring passes of 19, 28 and 45 yards) and rushed for 196 yards and two scores, including a 65-yard scoring run on the first play of game and a game-winning 22-yard run with 1:14 to play ... made an interception as defensive back at the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio ... a three-time all-state selection and two-time team MVP ... team captain as a senior ... a pitcher and infielder in baseball ... twice all-state in baseball and track and field ... member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and mentoring program ... from the same high school as former Irish defensive lineman Victor Abiamiri ... one of three children ... full name is Ambrose Ronald Wooden, Jr. ... born Feb. 22, 1984, in Baltimore, Md. ... graduated in May 2007 from the Mendoza College of Business, with a degree in finance ... earned a 3.433 grade-point average in `06 fall semester and 3.834 in `07 spring semester ... enrolled in graduate studies.