UND Roster

2019-20 Football Roster

#53 Khalid Kareem


Height 6-4
Weight 265
Class Senior
Hometown Detroit, MI
High School Harrison


  • Team captain (2019)
  • Game ball recipient vs. Virginia (2019)
  • Pro Football Focus National Defensive Second Team of the Week (2019 Week 5 vs. Virginia)
  • Bednarik Award Watch List (2019)
  • Nagurski Award Watch List (2019)
  • Hendricks Award Watch List (2019)
  • Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week (2018 Week 1 vs. Michigan)


  • Started all 13 games, recording 46 tackles, 10.0 for loss, 5.5 sacks, 11 QB hurries, three forced fumbles a fumble recovery and a pass break-up
  • Finished the season as the top-rated player on defense according to Pro Football Focus, earning a season grade of 85.1 with a pass-rush grade of 86.6
  • Had a pair of sacks in win over Virginia
  • Recovered a fumble in the endzone for a touchdown to seal regular-season finale at Stanford
  • Forced a pair of fumbles in victory over Navy


  • Named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week after the win over No. 14 Michigan where he registered eight total tackles, 1.5 for loss, one sack and one QB hurry
  • Started all 13 games and finished second on the team in QB hurries (8) and tied for second in tackles for loss (10.5)
  • Totaled 42 tackles while adding five pass break-ups and a forced fumble


  • Appeared in all 13 games
  • Helped a Notre Dame defense that improved by at least 20 spots in the FBS rankings in third down conversion percentage, interceptions, rushing defense, scoring defense, passing efficiency defense, sacks, tackles for loss and turnovers gained
  • Irish were the last team in the FBS to surrender more than 20 points in a game (Irish allowed 20 points or less over each of their first eight games)
  • Notre Dame allowed only four plays of 40 yards or longer in 2017—the second-fewest of any team in the FBS
  • The Irish allowed only one play of 50 yards or longer in 2017—the second-fewest of any team in the FBS
  • Registered 21 tackles, including 10 solo stops
  • Sixth on the team, and third among defensive lineman, with 5.5 TFLs
  • Tied for second on the team, and second among defensive lineman, with 3.0 sacks
  • Recorded two sacks and earned the game ball in the 49-14 rout of USC (Oct. 21)
  • Collected TFLs against Temple (Sept. 2), Miami, Ohio (Sept. 30), USC (Oct. 21) and Wake Forest (Nov. 4)
  • Recorded sacks against both Miami, Ohio (Sept. 30), USC (Oct. 21)
  • Recovered a fumble and returned 16 yards at North Carolina (Oct. 7)
  • Registered PBUs against Miami, Ohio (Sept. 30) and Stanford (Nov. 25)
  • Equaled his career high in tackles with four against Wake Forest (Nov. 4)
  • Added three tackles and a PBU at Stanford (Nov. 25)


  • Appeared in four games for the Irish
  • Saw playing time against Nevada, Duke, Syracuse and Virginia Tech


  • Arrived at Notre Dame as one of the top defensive linemen in the 2016 recruiting class
  • Enrolled at Notre Dame and began taking classes in January 2016
  • Participated in 2016 spring drills with the Fighting Irish
  • Named 2015 MLive Detroit Defensive Player of the Year
  • Selected to the 2015 Detroit News All-State Dream Team
  • Named first-team all-state by the Associated Press in 2015
  • Collected 56 tackles and 36 stops for loss, including 16 sacks, and added five forced fumbles and four pass breakups as a senior in 2015 for Harrison High School in Farmington, Michigan
  • Registered 85 tackles and 18 sacks as a junior in 2014
  • No. 282-ranked player nationally and No. 35-ranked defensive end on Scout.com 300 list
  • No. 135-ranked player in the nation and No. 18-ranked defensive end on ESPN 300 list
  • No. 179-ranked player in the nation and No. 9-ranked strong side defensive end on 247Sports.com Top 247
  • No. 18-ranked strong side defensive end by Rivals.com
  • Named Most Valuable Player in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Carson, California
  • Returned a fumble 14 yards for a touchdown and returned another fumble 78 yards as the East beat the West 28-13
  • No. 213-ranked player on the PrepStar Top 350 Dream Team
  • No. 98-ranked player on the Tom Lemming Prep Football Report
  • Michigan’s No. 6-ranked player by 247Sports, No. 9-ranked player by Scout, No. 1-ranked player by ESPN and No. 8-ranked player by Rivals
  • Played for coach John Herrington at Harrison High School
  • Enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in management consulting with a minor in studio art