#18 Duval Kamara
CAREER: Biggest member of Notre Dame’s receiving corps has been effective as a possession receiver and in red zone during his Irish career … has appeared in 36 games during his career and started 19 contests … only two current members of football team have started more games on offense (Kyle Rudolph and Chris Stewart, 22 games) … ranks third on team in career receptions with 75 and second in career receiving yards with 781 … also has recorded six receiving touchdowns … set school records for receptions and receiving yards by an Irish freshman (since broken by Michael Floyd).
2009 (JUNIOR): Played in all 12 games, including starting five of those contests (Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Boston College and Washington State) … finished year with 218 receiving yards on 23 catches and one touchdown … got off to slow start while recovering from mid-August arthroscopic knee surgery but earned increased playing time that coincided with Michael Floyd being injured … caught first pass of season against Michigan in second game of season for six yards … also recorded first career rush against Wolverines, good for 10 yards … gained 23 yards on three receptions against Michigan State and caught three passes for 20 yards at Purdue … set season high and career high in receptions against Boston College, hauling in seven catches for 60 yards … caught three passes for 36 yards against Washington State and caught his lone TD pass of the season … logged 191:56 of playing time and did not make any appearances on special teams.
2008 (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 13 of Notre Dame’s games and started nine times (did not start vs. Purdue, Stanford, Navy or Hawai’i) … posted 20 receptions for 206 yards (10.3 yards per catch) and a touchdown … tallied a season-best long 28-yard reception in season-opening victory against San Diego Sate … also recorded a tackle against the Aztecs … hauled in his only TD of the season (fifth career) in victory over Michigan … regained a starting role vs. North Carolina and tallied season bests in receptions (five) and receiving yards (58) … one of those catches was good for a 16-yard gain … caught two balls for 22 yards in victory over Washington … was his 10th career start … hauled in three catches for 21 yards in Notre Dame’s season-ending victory vs. Hawaii … logged 175:28 of playing time with two special-teams appearances.
2007 (FRESHMAN): Set two Notre Dame freshman receiving records (broken in 2008 by Michael Floyd) … recorded 32 receptions, breaking Tim Brown’s previous freshman school record of 28 catches … caught four touchdown passes to set school record by a freshman … both records have since been broken by teammate Floyd’s 48 receptions and 719 yards … registered 357 receiving yards and averaged 11.2 yards per catch … played in 11 games (missed Air Force game) and started five contests … started final five games of the year he appeared in (Boston College, USC, Navy, Duke and Stanford) … one of nine freshmen to pick up their first career action for the Irish in the season opening loss vs. Georgia Tech … recorded two receptions for 19 yards against the Yellow Jackets … had six catches for 68 yards vs. Purdue… caught first TD of the season on a seven-yard pass from Evan Sharpley vs. Purdue … registered a long reception of 23 yards vs. the Boilermakers … made first career start for the Irish at wide receiver vs. Boston College … led the team with four receptions for 33 yards against USC … paced the team with five receptions (44 yards), including two TD receptions (one in overtime) vs. Navy … snagged a jump ball from 25 yards out for a TD with four seconds remaining in the first half vs. Duke … had two receptions for 32 yards including a TD vs. the Blue Devils … tied season high with six catches vs. Stanford for season high 93 yards including season-best 35-yard reception … logged 184:59 of playing time and made 14 special teams appearances.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA:Selected for U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio … named to the Parade All-America team, one of eight wide receivers to make the squad … rated the No. 1 prospect in New Jersey by Rivals.com, the sixth-best wide receiver in the nation and 34th-best prospect in the nation by the recruiting website … rated the seventh-best wide receiver in the country by Tom Lemming … listed as the No. 8 wide receiver and 36th-best prospect on the ESPN 150 list … rated the No. 8 wide receiver in the country and third-best prospect in New Jersey by Scout.com … listed as one of 13 wide receivers on National 100 list by Fort Worth Star-Telegram … earned first-team all-state accolades as a senior from the Associated Press and Newark Star-Ledger after recording 33 receptions for 560 yards and nine touchdowns … named to the Scout.com National 100 list following his senior year where he was the seventh-ranked wide receiver and the No. 63 prospect overall … rated 65th-best prospect in the country – and No. 12 among wide receivers, 16th-best player in the East – on 2006 preseason basis by The Sporting News SchoolSports … one of top 24 wide receivers nationally on 2006 preseason basis by CBS Sportsline.com College Football Preview … named second-team all-state as a junior by the Star-Ledger after catching 39 passes for 775 yards and 11 TDs … ended his high school career with 125 catches for 2,696 yards and 50 TDs … great downfield blocker helped his running back rush for 2,204 yards with 35 TDs in Kamara’s senior season … played for coach Lou Taglieri at Hoboken … son of Abu and Christine Kamara … born March 1, 1989 … enrolled in College of Arts and Letters, majoring in sociology.
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