AS A JUNIOR: Irish reserve running back. . .saw action on special teams for the Irish …recorded first tackle of the season vs. Michigan State…made 91 appearances on special teams.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Irish reserve running back .
. . played in all 11 games on special teams and was third on team with 192
appearances . . . made three tackles vs. Stanford after registering just
two in 14 previous career games . . . rushed four times for seven yards in
tailback stint vs. Navy . . . took Dan O'Leary snap and ran four yards for
first down on fourth-and-two fake punt in first quarter vs. Boston College
. . . had two tackles vs. Rutgers and USC.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in 10
in '99 as reserve Irish defensive back . . . earned a monogram thanks to
his 57 special team appearances . . . only action in secondary came vs.
Kansas . . . only tackle came vs. Purdue.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA:
USA Today honorable mention prep All-American . . . rated 73rd among top
100 national players by Chicago Sun-Times . . . broke former Penn State
star Curt Warner's career state record for touchdowns with five in his
final home game . . . . avenged only regular-season loss with 18-0 win
University High in state playoff quarterfinals, thanks to his 234 rushing
yards and two scores . . . finished with 102 career TDs (breaking Robert
Alexander's previous West Virginia state record of 92), including 50 as
senior in '98 (a West Virginia state record, breaking Warner's mark of 41)
to go with 2,548 rushing yards on 277 carries . . . scored a TD in 25
straight games to end his career . . . received Kennedy Award as West
Virginia player of the year as junior in '97 . . . rushed for 2,038 yards
and 38 TDs on 204 carries in '97 . . . top effort in '97 featured 362
and six TDs on 24 carries vs. seventh-rated Wheeling Park, including 280
second-half yards . . . two-time all-state pick who was named captain of
all-state squad as junior . . . three-time all-conference selection . . .
won one letter in track and field as sophomore running on 4x100 and 4x400
relay squads . . . brother Jon played football at West Virginia . . .
attended Notre Dame summer football camp . . . born 11-18-80 in
W Va. . . . enrolled in Mendoza College of Business.