2005 Football Senior Class Photo Gallery Notre Dame's seniors poised for their final game in Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday against Syracuse.
Nov. 17, 2005
The University of Notre Dame football team's 2005 senior class will play its final game in Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday against Syracuse. While several players can apply for a fifth-year of eligibility, all 34 players might be running out of the tunnel for a final time this weekend.
Beidatsch has seen action in 39 games during his career, which includes a key role as a back up defensive tackle at both inside positions this season. He has posted 21 tackles, 1.5 tackles-for-loss and 1.5 sacks in his career.
#59 James Bent
Mishawaka, Ind. (Mishawaka)
Bent has seen action in six games this season and has played center on Notre Dame's back up offensive line. He has played against Pittsburgh, Washington, Purdue, BYU, Tennessee and Navy, logging 23:34 of playing time.
#53 Joe Boland
Drexel Hill, Pa. (Monsignor Bonner)
A stand out tight end in high school, when he played against classmate Maurice Stovall, Boland has been a significant scout team player for the Irish during his career.
Cardillo joined in the team in 2003 and has yet to see playing time in his career. He has been named the look team player of the week three times this season, however, as a receiver. He was chosen by the coaching staff for the `Look Team of the Week' prior to the Michigan State, USC and BYU games.
Carney earned 2005 CoSIDA Academic All-District honors this season and has played in five games, primarily on special teams. He has made 50 special teams appearances during his career, posing seven tackles and 8:43 of playing time.
Chervanick (pictured wearing #59, but has since switched to #93) has seen action in three games this season, making two tackles. He also saw action in the 2004 Insight Bowl against Oregon State.
#88 Anthony Fasano
Verona, N.J. (Verona)
Fasano has already made a name for himself in the Irish record books, as he will go down as one of the greatest all-around tight ends in school history. His 40 catches in 2005 are the third-highest for a tight end in school history, while his 85 career catches also rank third all-time on the career charts. His career numbers stand at 85 catches, 1,074 yards and eight touchdowns.
#54 David Fitzgerald
Godfrey, Ill. (Marquette Catholic)
Fitzgerald plays a key role on Notre Dame's `Look Teams' in practice each week. A four-year member of the scout teams, Fitzgerald has yet to see game action in his career.
A hometown product and former walk-on, Fitzpatrick has been a steady and consistent kicker for the Irish over the past three seasons. He ranked in the top five for both career PATs and single-season PATs and has converted 56 straight. After serving as primarily a placekicker in his first season of action (2003), Fitzpatrick also has worked himself into a dependable punter with a career average of 40.1. He has 32 field goals in his career, including a long of 50 yards.
#87 Marcus Freeman
St. Paul, Minn. (Cretin-Derham Hall)
A special teams standout, Freeman is also one of the best blocking tight ends on the Irish roster. He caught five passes for 50 yards in 2004 and has seen action in all nine games of the 2005 season.
#75 Chris Frome
Saugus, Calif. (Hart)
Frome's season has unfortunately been cut short by a knee injury against USC and he was well on the way to enjoying a career year. He started Notre Dame's first six games in 2005, posting six tackles and one sack - in addition to breaking up three passes. Frome also earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors this season.
A special teams standout and former walk-on, Harris is one of the fastest players on the Irish roster. A music major at Notre Dame, he has made 25 special teams appearances this season and returned three kickoffs for 53 yards.
The defensive team captain leads the Irish in tackles in 2005 and is in the running for both the Draddy Trophy and Wuerffel Trophy (both of which honor on the field and off the field excellence). With 70 tackles this season, Hoyte has 275 in his career along with 30.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks.
#32 Jeff Jenkins
Ann Arbor, Mich. (Huron)
Jenkins has played in all nine games this season and is a special teams standout. He also has carried the ball 15 times for 51 yards in 2005, seeing action at running back against Pittsburgh, Washington, Purdue and Tennessee.
#66 Derek Landri
Concord, Calif. (De La Salle)
Landri leads all of Notre Dame's defensive linemen with 32 tackles this season and has started all nine games, pushing his streak of consecutive starts to 20 games. For his career, Landri has 85 tackles, 17 for a loss and three sacks.
#73 Mark LeVoir
Eden Prairie, Minn. (Eden Prairie)
LeVoir has started 33 consecutive games for the Irish and is the top veteran of an experienced line. He has logged 953:12 in playing time during his career and cleared the way for Irish running backs Ryan Grant, Julius Jones, Darius Walker and Travis Thomas.
#79 Brian Mattes
Larksville, Pa. (Wyoming Valley West)
Mattes plays a key role on the Irish offensive line, as he has the flexibility to back up both tackle and both guard spots. He has played in six games this season, logging 17:12 of playing time and has 33:54 of playing time in his career.
Mays was a special teams player his three seasons with the Irish and assumed a leadership role at Notre Dame's middle linebacker this season. Mays has started all nine games in 2005, posting 52 tackles (six for a loss) and two sacks. He also has forced two fumbles, recovered three fumbles and broke up two passes.
Notre Dame's leading receiver for 2003 and 2004 was lost in the Michigan game with a knee injury. McKnight is planning on a return for a fifth-year of eligibility in 2005, but he is a member of this year's senior class as well. He has 103 catches in his career for 1,370 yards and seven touchdowns.
#37 Matt Mitchell
Memphis, Tenn. (Christian Brothers)
A `Look Team' contributor for the Irish in 2005, Mitchell also played in two games during the 2004 season against Washington and Oregon State in the Insight Bowl. He has three special team appearances in his career.
Mooney logged his first career against Purdue this season. Responsible for running "Look Team' plays in practice each week, Mooney (who switched to #12 earlier this season) has a key role in Notre Dame's game preparation.
Morton has been a regular on the offensive line since the 2003 season, starting 27 games at both guard and center. This season, he started the first four games of the year before missing the Purdue game with an injury. He is back to full strength and takes part in an effective guard/center rotation with Dan Stevenson, John Sullivan and Dan Santucci.
O'Hara has played in three games during his career, including this season's Washington game when he returned to his hometown area. He has a total of 11:02 playing time in his career.
#62 Scott Raridon
Offensive Line/Long Snapper
Mason City, Iowa (Mason City)
Raridon has been perfect with his snaps this season, both for punt and field goals. He started the first five games of the year as a snapper and performed 30 flawless snaps and also has seen action in four games at offensive guard.
#30 Mike Richardson
Warner Robins, Ga. (Warner Robins)
Possibly the most improved player on the Irish roster this season, Richardson has started all nine games logging 51 tackles (three for a loss), two sacks, three interceptions and five passes broken up.
#43 Anthony Salvador
Brentwood, Calif. (Concord De La Salle)
Salvador has made a name for himself on special teams this season, making 105 appearances with six tackles. For his career, he has logged 12:43 of playing time in 23 games.
#50 Dan Santucci
Harwood Heights, Ill. (St. Patrick)
A former defensive lineman, Santucci has been solid in his first full season on the offensive line. He is part of an effective guard/center rotation with Bob Morton, John Sullivan and Dan Stevenson. Santucci boasts 32 games played and 308:10 of playing time in his career.
#25 Nate Schiccatano
Coal Township, Pa. (Southern Columbia)
A selfless player, Schiccatano has seen action at fullback, linebacker and defensive end during his career with the Irish. He has seen action in 10 games during his career with one career rush for two yards.
Notre Dame's most dynamic receiver from 2004, when he set the school record for yards-per-reception (20 for 515, 25.8) and scored six touchdowns, Shelton has worked hard to recover from off-season knee surgery. He has returned to full time action recently and has 18 catches for 184 yards this season.
#74 Dan Stevenson
Barrington, Ill. (Barrington)
A consistent presence on the Irish offensive line, Stevenson has started 32 games over the last three seasons for the Irish. He boasts 894:20 minutes of career playing time and is capable of playing both guard and tackle. This season, he has taken part in an effective guard/center rotation with John Sullivan, Bob Morton and Dan Santucci.
Stovall has exploded during his senior season for 50 catches for 796 yards and nine touchdowns, pushing himself into the top five in career touchdown receptions (third, 17) and receiving yards (sixth, 1,842). He nabbed a school-record four touchdown receptions against BYU this season and posted an eight-catch, 178-yard performance against Michigan State.
#45 Rich Whitney
Warminster, Pa. (Rockhurst - Kansas City, Mo.)
Has seen action in two games (Purdue, BYU) as a reserve safety this season, logging 0:46 of playing time. A key member of Notre Dame's `Look Team' in practice each week, which prepares the Irish for upcoming opponents.
A former walk-on, Woods earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors this season, the same season in which he earned a scholarship for his commitment, dedication and work ethic during the spring and fall camps. Woods is a special teams standout for the Irish, appearing in all nine games this season. He also made his first career reception against Purdue, a 28-yard pass from David Wolke.
Pictures by Matt Cashore, Brother Charles McBride, Marcus Snowden and Brian Spurlock Photography.