The Notre Dame football team kicked off the 2008 season with its annual Media Day activities on Friday, Aug. 8.
CAREER:Notre Dame's top returning offensive lineman enters his final season with the possibility of setting the school record for most starts in a career ... has started all 38 games of his career and is the only Notre Dame offensive lineman to have started every game since his freshman year ... became the first Irish offensive lineman to make his debut as a freshman in the season opener since freshmen regained eligibility in 1972 ... veteran leader of the offense has more starts under his belt than any other player on the roster ... started 28 games at right tackle and 10 games at left tackle in his career ... started the first 15 games at Notre Dame at right tackle and started all 13 games in 2008 on the right side as well ... one of four returning starters on the offensive line in 2009 ... selected to Phil Steele's preseason All-America second team in 2009 ... ranked by Steele as the fourth-best offensive tackle in the country ... Lindy's tabbed him the seventh-best offensive tackle in 2009 preseason ... key reason why Steele ranked Notre Dame's offensive line as the fifth-best in the country.
2008 (JUNIOR): Started all 13 games for the Irish on the offensive line (has started 38 straight games in his career) ... blocked for a rushing attack that amassed 122 yards on the ground and did not allow a sack in season-opening victory over San Diego State ... protected quarterback Jimmy Clausen by not allowing a sack in consecutive weeks vs. Michigan ... spearheaded the Irish run game which gained 201 yards vs. Purdue ... opened up holes all day long as the Irish piled up 459 total yards in the contest against Washington ... helped the Irish offense total 478 yards in Hawai'i Bowl game victory against Hawai'i.
2007 (SOPHOMORE):Started all 12 games for the Irish to push his consecutive games started streak to 25 ... opened the season at right tackle and moved to left tackle after the third game and started there the final 10 contests ... helped block for James Aldridge as he gained over 100 rushing yards vs. Michigan State and Navy ... opened up holes for Robert Hughes as he rushed for over 100 yards in the final two contests vs. Duke and at Stanford ... logged 310:08 of playing time and made 36 special-teams appearances.
2006 (FRESHMAN): Started all 13 games at right tackle for Notre Dame ... was the first Irish player to start the season opener on the offensive line since freshmen regained their eligibility in 1972 ... named a first-team freshman All-American by The Sporting News and Rivals.com ... helped open holes all season for Darius Walker as he eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards and provided protection for Brady Quinn as he surpassed 3,000 passing yards again ... logged 292:17 of playing time.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. ... first-team offensive lineman on USA Today prep All-America squad ... rated top lineman and one of 16 candidates for Parade All-America High School Player of the Year award ... one of 18 linemen on Parade prep all-star team ... rated 10th on list of top 100 prep players nationally by USA Today and Chicago Sun-Times ... rated ninth on list of top 150 players nationally by CollegeFootballNews.com ... rated 23rd on list of top 100 players in the nation by Dallas Morning News ... Gatorade Player of the Year for 2005 in Florida ... first-team All-America offensive lineman by CSTV ... rated fourth overall as one of six offensive linemen on Atlanta Journal-Constitution National Top 25 team ... rated fourth player overall (of 20) on 2005 Best of the South team by Tampa Tribune ... selected for U.S. Army All-American Bowl prep all-star game ... selected for CaliFlorida Bowl all-star game ... a first-team offensive lineman on Florida Class 5A all-state team as junior in 2004 and again as senior in 2005 ... named South Florida Sun-Sentinel Class 6A-5A-4A player of the year ... helped St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., gain 4,606 total offense yards as well as 3,040 regular-season rushing yards during `05 season, as squad finished 10th on USA Today Super 25 list of top prep teams nationally ... didn't permit a sack either of his junior or senior seasons while helping team to Florida Class 5A state semifinal each of those years ... rated 14th on preseason list of top players in the country (and second among offensive linemen) by The Sporting News ... one of 50 players and eight offensive linemen on preseason prep All-America team by Street & Smith's ... one of 19 offensive linemen on `05 national preseason top 100 by CBS SportsLine.com ... high school teammate of fellow senior Dan Wenger ... born June 24, 1987 ... son of Tom and Kathy Young ... high school coach was George Smith ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in management-entrepreneurship.