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*Kyle Rudolph heading into Jr season: 2010: Started at tight end against Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Stanford, Boston College and Pittsburgh (did not play in the final six games of the season due to a season-ending hamstring injury) ... totaled 28 catches for 328 yards and three touchdowns ... registered two receptionsthis season of 20 yards or more ... 15 of 28 receptions resulted in a touchdown or first down ... five of 11 receptions on third down plays resulted in a touchdown or first down ... ranked among the top five tight ends in the FBS in overall receptions, receiving yards, yards per reception, receiving yards per game and receptions per game before being sidelined for the rest of the 2010 season...Named John Mackey Tight End of the Week on Sept. 15 following his record-setting performance against Michigan and was also named a semifinalist for the award despite being lost for the year with an injury ... was on pace for 56 receptions, which would have broken Ken MacAfee’s single-season school record for receptions by a tight end ... was also on pace for 656 yards receiving, which would have been the second-most in school history for a tight end...2009: Participated in 10 games for Irish (did not play against Pittsburgh and Connecticut due to shoulder injury) ... started nine of those contests (did not start at Stanford) ... named semifinalist for John Mackey Award and was only sophomore to be named semifinalist ... ranked third on team in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, totaling 33 receptions for 364 yards and three touchdowns ... 17 of his 33 catches resulted in first downs ...2008: Started all 13 games for the Irish ... hauled in 29 catches for 340 yards (11.7 avg.) and two touchdowns during rookie campaign ... made his career debut in season opener vs. San Diego State and brought in his first career reception for five yards during the victory ... became the first freshman to ever start a season opener at tight end for Notre Dame.
Zack Martin heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Cowboys' picks: Round 1/16 -- Zach Martin, OL, 6-4, 308, Notre Dame...The Cowboys passed quarterback Johnny Manziel to take him. He started every game the last two years at Notre Dame. He is very versatile, can play all five positions. Will be a walk-in starter at guard and move to tackle next season. - The Sports Xchange
Manti Te'o heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Chargers' picks: Round 2/38 - Manti Te'o, ILB, 6-1, 241, Notre Dame...With a glaring hole at inside linebacker, the Chargers likely found someone to start opposite Donald Butler. Did Te'o's off-field distractions cause him to drop to the second round? Maybe, and the Chargers couldn't be happier. - The Sports Xchange
*Tyler Eifert heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Bengals' picks: Round 1/21 - Tyler Eifert, TE, 6-2, 251, Notre Dame...The Bengals needed to add more playmakers and targets which they did with the selection of Eifert after their top two choices at safety were off the board. He played all the receiver spots at Notre Dame with 29 of his 140 catches at the school going for 20 yards or more. Will be the second tight end and a big target in the red zone. - The Sports Xchange
Michael Floyd heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 1/13 - Michael Floyd, WR, 6-2, 220, Notre Dame...The Cardinals think Floyd is a lot like No. 1 wideout Larry Fitzgerald: big, physical and can make the tough catches. Receiver wasn't the club's greatest need but if Floyd listens to Fitzgerald and learns, they could be a dynamic combination. - The Sports Xchange
*Jimmy Clausen heading into Jr season: 2008: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rush: 54-(-73)-(-1.4)-0; Pass: 440-268-60.9-3172-25-17; Started all 13 games at quarterback for the Irish and recorded the third-most prolific passing season in Notre Dame history … completed 268 of his 440 pass attempts (60.9 pct) for 3,172 passing yards (244.0 yards per game) on the year … tossed 25 touchdowns and had 17 interceptions … established records for every major passing category by a sophomore Notre Dame quarterback … the only better statistical seasons were Brady Quinn’s junior and senior years … ranked 43rd in passing efficiency nationally at 132.49 and ranked 40th in total offense at 238.38 … 2007: 10 GP; 9 GS; Rush: 62-(-187)-(-3)-2; Pass: 245-138-56.3-1254-7-6; 1 Sol-1 TT; Started at quarterback in the second game of the season vs. Penn State, the earliest any Notre Dame freshman had started at the position since freshmen regained their eligibility in 1972 ... played in 10 contests and started nine games during rookie campaign ... only Brady Quinn (12 games in 2003) and Blair Kiel (11 games in 1980) played in more games as an Irish freshman signal caller ... tied Quinn and Kiel for most starts by a freshman quarterback in school history ... completed 138 of 245 passes (.563) for 1.254 yards with seven touchdowns and six interceptions ... ranks second on Notre Dame's freshman quarterback single-season lists for completions (Quinn, 157), attempts (Quinn, 332), yards (Quinn, 1,831) and completion percentage (Matt LoVecchio, .584 in 2000) ... seven TD passes rank third on Irish freshman quarterback single-season list behind LoVecchio's 11 and Quinn's nine ... one of three quarterbacks to play in the season opener vs. Georgia Tech ... completed four of six passes for 34 yards ... became the eighth freshman to ever start at quarterback for Notre Dame (since 1951) ... made earliest (second game of the season) freshman QB debut in Notre Dame history against Penn State. Personal: Older brothers, Rick and Casey, both played quarterback at the University of Tennessee.
Harrison Smith heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Vikings' picks: Round 1/29 - Harrison Smith, S, 6-2, 213, Notre Dame...Smith, a former college linebacker, has the size and strength to play in the box and the speed and instincts to cover the athletic tight ends that are spreading throughout the league. - The Sports Xchange
*Golden Tate heading into Jr season: 2008: 13 GP; 8 GS; Rush: 5-37-7.4-1; Rec: 58-1080-18.6-10; PR: 14-116-8.3-0 KR: 26-521-20-0; 1 Sol-1 TT; Played in all 13 games for the Irish and started allbut five contests (did not start vs. San Diego State, Michigan, MichiganState, Navy or Syracuse) … led the Irish in all-purpose yards (1,754), receptions(10), receiving yards (1,080), receiving touchdowns (10) and totaltouchdowns (11) … 1,754 all-purpose yards ranks third in Irish history … 58catches tied him for seventh-most in a season at Notre Dame and his 1,080 receiving yards were the fifth-most in Irish history … tallied five games withat least 100 receiving yards – tied for third-most in a season … registered 18 receptions of at least 20 yards and 15 receptions of at least 30 yards … 10TD catches was the sixth-most in a Notre Dame season …2007: 12 GP; 2 GS; Rush: 1-4-4-0; Rec: 6-131-21.8-1; KR: 15-326-21.7-0; 1 Sol-1 TT; Played in all 12 games and was one of eight freshmen who started for Notre Dame... father Golden Tate, Jr., played wide receiver at Tennessee State and was fifth-round pick of Indianapolis Colts in 1984 NFL draft as 120th overall selection.
*Troy Niklas heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 2/52 - Troy Niklas, TE, 6-6, 270, Notre Dame...Niklas left after his junior year and played tight end for only two seasons. The Cardinals think he is just scratching the surface of his abilities. They believe he already is a solid blocker and will give them play-action options. - The Sports Xchange
*Stephon Tuitt heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 2/46 - Stephon Tuitt, DE, 6-5 1/2, 312, Notre Dame...He fills a major hole at end after the departures of Ziggy Hood, Al Woods and the loss of Brett Keisel. He should become the rare exception as a regular starter as a rookie in Dick LeBeau's defensive line, the first since Casey Hampton in 2001. - The Sports Xchange
Eric Olsen heading into Sr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: Started all 13 games for the Irish in 2008 as an offensive guard … logged 348:12 of playing time on the season and made 61 special teams appearances. 2007: Played as a backup guard and on special teams in five of the first six games of the season … garnered first start of Irish career vs. Boston College … finished the remainder of the season as the starting right guard … registered 171:45 of playing time on the season and made 59 special teams appearances. 2006: Young but powerful back-up guard recorded 20:45 of playing time in eight games.
David Bruton heading into Sr season: 2007: 12 GP; 11 GS; PR: 1-11-11-0; 55 Sol-85 TT, 4.5 TFL, 1 SK, 3 INT, 2 PBU, 1 FR, 1 FF, 1 BLK; Ranked third on the team and tops in the secondary with 85 tackles ... also posted one sack, 4.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, two passes broken up, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery ... played in all 12 contests, starting 11 games at free safety (did not start vs. Navy) ... notched five games with at least nine tackles ... 2006: 12 GP; 0 GS; 12 Sol-18 TT, 1 TFL; Played in 12 of 13 games for the Irish, on both special teams and as a reserve safety ... recorded 11 special teams tackles ... recorded 18 total tackles on the season ... 2005: 11 GP; 0 GS; 10 Sol-14 TT, 1 PBU; Played in 11 games, primarily on special teams ... made 14 tackles (10 solos) and broke up a pass.
Ben Koyack heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Jaguars' eight picks: Round 7/229 - Ben Koyack, TE, 6-5, 255, Notre Dame...The Jaguars got a good look at Koyack during the week leading up to the Senior Bowl. The Jaguars' coaching staff coached the South team and even though Koyack played on the opposing North squad, it still enabled the team's coaching staff to get a good look at him and talk with him. Koyack doesn't have flashy numbers (44 catches for 532 yards, five TDs in 40 games with the Irish), but he could be a contributor with special teams and could fill a need should the Jaguars experience injuries at the tight end spot like they did a year ago. - The Sports Xchange
Robert Hughes heading into Sr season: 2009: Participated in 11 games (did not play against Pittsburgh), starting in two of those contests at running back (Washington State and Navy) ... played fullback early in year when James Aldridge was lost to injury but returned to running back when Aldridge was healthy ... gained 416 yards and averaged 4.7 yards on 88 carries with team-best five rushing touchdowns ... added 193 yards on 19 receptions ...2008: Played in 12 of Notre Dame's 13 games (did not play vs. Syracuse) and started in three contests ... one of two Irish running backs (also Armando Allen) to amass 100 carries on the year ... carried the ball 112 times for 382 yards (3.4 avg.) and four touchdowns ...2007: Recorded the best average yards per rush on the team (5.5), the second-most rushing touchdowns (four) and the third-highest rushing yards total (294) ... used primarily in short-yardage situations early in the season, then exploded onto the scene in the final two games when used as the primary running back ... rushed for 246 yards on 35 carries with two TDs in the final two contests.
Zeke Motta heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Falcons' picks: 7/244 -- Zeke Motta, 6-2, 213, Notre Dame...Recruited as a linebacker out of Vero Beach, Fla., Motta became a full-time safety for his sophomore season at Notre Dame. He played in all 51 games with 29 starts and recorded 179 tackles and two interceptions. Motta was a team captain during his senior season at Notre Dame. His time of 4.83 seconds for 40 yards was the slowest among safeties at the NFL scouting combine. - The Sports Xchange
David Ruffer heading into Sr season: 2010: Converted 18 of 19 field goal attempts, connecting on all seven attempts from 40-plus yards away ... Made 37 of 40 extra points tries … his 23 straight field goals (2009-2010) was the longest streak in school history … his 50-yard field goals against Pittsburgh and Miami (Fla.) tied the mark for the sixth-longest in school history … named John Folmer Most Valuable Special Teams Player at Hyundai Sun Bowl (three field goals of 40, 50, and 19 yards) … 10 of his 65 kickoffs (64.3 yard avg) went for touchbacks. 2009: Participated in each of final seven games for Irish, taking over field-goal duties for the injured Nick Tausch … connected on all five field goals he attempted, including a long of 42 yards against Pittsburgh and at Stanford … made both field goals over 40 yards … shared kickoff duties during season, booting 35 kicks for an average of 62.1 yards, including two touchbacks. 2008: Joined Notre Dame team during bye week and dressed in full pads for first time at practice on Wednesday, Oct. 22 … transferred to Notre Dame from William & Mary following 2007-08 school year … participated in first two interhall games for Siegfried Hall as wide receiver and kicker in 2008 … played at Washington and missed only kick of season, a point-after touchdown. Personal: Never played football in high school … played soccer as freshman and was varsity golfer all four years.
Kyle McCarthy heading into rSr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite...2008: 13 GP; 13 GS; 64 Sol-110 TT, 3.5 TFL, 2 INT, 1 PBU, 1 FF; Started at strong safety … amassed a team-high 110 total tackles becoming the first Notre Dame defensive back to ever eclipse 100 tackles in a single season … logged 324:04 of playing time with 156 special teams appearances. 2007: 12 GP; 1 GS; 11 Sol-20 TT, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 1 FF; Started the first game of his career (vs. Navy, seven tackles) … logged 80:26 of playing time and made 177 special teams appearances - third-most on the team. 2006: 13 GP; 13 GS; 6 Sol-9 TT; Saw action in all 13 games for the Irish on special teams … logged 87:57 of playing time. 2005: Did not see game action … was named the look team's player of the week for his performance at quarterback in practices leading up to the Navy game.
Chris Watt heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Chargers' picks: Round 3/89 -- Chris Watt, G, 6-3, 310, Notre Dame...Looking for depth, the Chargers got it here with this three-year starter for the Fighting Irish. What's impressive is his size for that position and his ability to clear running lanes. Notre Dame ran for 200 yards in seven games last season, and Watt was among the reasons why. - The Sports Xchange
Ian Williams heading into Sr season: 2010: Williams, who missed the final four games of the regular season with a knee injury, started nine games and finished the season with 38 tackles, 17 solo stops, 21 assisted tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss (18 yards), 1.5 sacks (16 yards), one interception and one pass breakup...Made just one tackle in the season opener against Purdue, but added half a sack (the first of his career), an interception (the second of his career) and a pass breakup (the third of his career) ... made six tackles, including three solo stops against Michigan ...collected a season-high eight tackles, including a half tackle for loss in the matchup at Michigan State... registered four tackles, including three solo stops and one for loss, in the victory at Boston College ...recorded five tackles and one for loss against Pittsburgh ... registered five tackles and a half tackle for loss against Western Michigan ... posted six tackles and four solo stops versus Navy before leaving the game due to injury...2009: Nose tackle played in all 12 games, starting eight contests ... ranked seventh on team and second on defensive line with 39 tackles as his six tackles for loss were fifth most on squad ... added first career interception and one pass breakup ... logged 204:27 of playing time and made 38 special-teams appearances for the Irish...2008: Played in all 13 games ... totaled 40 tackles, including two tackles for a loss ... also added a pass breakup ...2007: Appeared in all 12 games - one of just four freshmen to do that - and started the final two games of the season ... ranked sixth on the team and second on the defensive line in tackles though he came off of the bench most of the year ... totaled 45 tackles with 19 solo stops and 1.5 tackles for loss.
Sam Young heading into Sr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: Started all 13 games for the Irish on the offensive line (has started 38 straight games in his career) … helped the Irish offense total 478 yards in Hawai’I Bowl game victory against Hawai’i. 2007: Started all 12 games for the Irish … opened the season at right tackle and moved to left tackle after the third game and started there the final 10 contests … logged 310:08 of playing time and made 36 special teams appearances. 2006: 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.
Prince Shembo heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Falcon's picks: Round 4/139 - Prince Shembo, OLB, 6-1, 253 Notre Dame...Over his career at Notre Dame, he posted 145 tackles (24.5 for loss), had 19.5 sacks and 35 pressures. Shembo started 34 of 51 games at Notre Dame. He played 26 games at right outside linebacker and eight on the left side. He's considered a 3-4 outside linebacker with edge-rushing ability. - The Sports Xchange
T.J. Jones heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Lions' picks: Round 6/189 - T.J. Jones, WR, 6-0, 195, Notre Dame...He is expected to compete for the slot receiver spot right out of the gate. He ran the 40 in 4.46 at the combine and scouts rave about his strong hands and the way he attacks and plucks the football. He has NFL bloodlines, too. His father, Andre Jones, played for the Lions. His uncle, Phillip Daniels, played 15 seasons in the NFL and his godfather is Rocket Ismail. - The Sports Xchange
Maurice Crum, Jr. heading into rSr season: 2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; 34 Sol-83 TT, 3.5 TFL, 1 SK, 2 INT, 5 PBU, 2 FR, 3 FF; Ranked fourth on the team and second among linebackers with 84 tackles ... added 4.5 tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions, four passes broken up, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries ... personally responsible for five turnovers as he intercepted two passes, forced a fumble (that was recovered by a teammate), and recovered two fumbles that he forced ... started every game for third straight season ...2006: 13 GP; 13 GS; 47 Sol-100 TT, 10 TFL, 3 SK, 1 INT, 3 PBU, 2 QBH, 1 FF; Started all 13 games at middle linebacker for the Irish, one of 15 Irish players to start every game … led the team with 100 tackles … third on the squad with 10.0 TFL for 55 yards … third on the team with four sacks... 2005: 12 GP; 12 GS; 32 Sol-57 TT, 3.5 TFL, 1 PBU, 3 QBH, 1 FF; Started all 12 games at linebacker ... finished sixth on the team with 57 total tackles (32 solos) ... made 3.5 tackles for losses (five yards) with three quarterback hurries, one pass broken up and a forced fumble ... 2004: Did not see action as a rookie reserve linebacker in 2004 ... was a significant contributor on the scout team...His father Maurice Crum, Sr., played collegiately as a linebacker at the University of Miami, earning first-team All-America honors as a senior in 1990 and leading the Hurricanes in tackles three straight years.
Darius Fleming heading into Sr season: A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 5/165 -- Darius Fleming OLB, 6-2, 245 Notre Dame...Will start out on special teams and could become a third-down pass rusher. - The Sports Xchange
Theo Riddick heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Lions' picks: Round 6/199 - Theo Riddick, RB, 5-9, 200, Notre Dame...Again, looking after needs, Riddick, the Lions hope, is a budding Reggie Bush. He gained more than 1,000 yards rushing, receiving and kick returning in his career at Notre Dame. - The Sports Xchange
Gary Gray heading into rSr season: 2010: Started all 13 games ... Recorded 66 tackles, five for loss, on the year … intercepted one pass and broke up seven others … set a career-high with nine tackles, including eight solo stops, in the season-opening victory over Purdue ... added a pass breakup and tackle for loss versus the Boilermakers; his pass breakup directly led to Ian Williams' interception ... dominated Western Michigan with eight total tackles, six solo stops, one for loss, a forced fumble and interception … totaled seven tackles, including three solo stops, and a pass breakup in the Hyundai Sun Bowl victory over Miami (Fla.). 2009: Appeared in 11 games (did not play at Michigan), starting final seven contests … recorded 28 total tackles … added one interception and one pass breakup … paced secondary with six tackles against USC while making first career start, returned interception 30 yards in fourth quarter to set up Irish TD. 2008: Saw action in nine games before leaving the team due to personal reasons … registered 15 solo tackles, picked off two passes, recorded two pass breakups and added 20 yards on a fumble recovery. 2007: Did not play while he recovered from preseason shoulder surgery.
Chris Stewart heading into rSr season: 2009: Started all 12 games at right guard after making move from left guard in off-season ... one of six offensive players and nine players on team to start every game ... helped Irish ground game eclipse 100-yard mark on nine occasions, including 255-yard performance against Washington State ... saw Irish offense pile up 500+ yards on four occasions, as well as averaging 451.8 yards per contest ... logged 370:06 of playing time and made 65 appearances on special teams. 2008: Started all 10 games he played in (did not play against Boston College, Navy, or Syracuse due to a knee injury)... earned his first career start against San Diego State at right guard ... helped the offense rush for 122 yards while allowing no sacks in season-opening win vs. the Aztecs ... was a spark plug for the Irish offensive line, allowing the Irish to rush for over 200 yards against Purdue ... provided great pass support in victory over Stanford, allowing the Irish aerial attack to compile 347 yards against the Cardinal secondary ... started at right guard vs. Washington, helping the Irish amass 459 total yards of offense ... logged 242:53 of playing time with 41 special-teams appearances. 2007: Started spring practices as a nose tackle but moved back to the offensive line prior to the start of the season ... did not play in the first six games but played in each of the last six games on special teams and as a reserve offensive lineman ... earned playing time as a guard and tackle and finished the season as the backup right tackle ... registered 46:44 of playing time and made 25 special-teams appearances. 2006: Strong freshman guard who did not play as rookie but was a valuable member of the show team.
Jamoris Slaughter heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Browns' picks: Round 6/175 - Jamoris Slaughter, FS, 6-0, 195, Notre Dame...Slaughter's left Achilles was torn in the third game last season. If he is healthy he is expected to challenge Tashaun Gipson for a starting job. QUOTES TO NOTE: "I was expecting to go undrafted just due to my injury and getting hurt the third game of the season. I know I did well in my senior year, but my fifth year, sitting out the entire time, I knew that it would affect me." - Browns sixth-round draft pick Jamoris Slaughter, who is recovering from a torn left Achilles tendon. - The Sports Xchange
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