#46 Steve Filer
CAREER: Critical member of special-teams units who saw playing time on defense increase as junior season progressed … quick and rangy player for his size who has 32 career tackles with one and a half career sacks and a forced fumble… has played in each of last 36 games in his Irish career, primarily on special teams … has led the Irish in special teams tackles each of the last two seasons (11 each year) … enters the fall competing for playing time at outside linebacker.
2010 (JUNIOR): Saw action in all 13 games for the Irish during the 2010 season … totaled 14 tackles on the season, including eight solo stops … led all Notre Dame players in all three special teams tackles categories, including 11 overall stops on special teams, nine on kickoff return and two on punt return … recorded one solo tackle against Purdue … registered two solo stops against both Stanford and Boston College … posted another solo tackles versus Pittsburgh … added a career-best four tackles, all assisted, in the victory over Western Michigan … posted a single stop against Navy, Utah and USC … totaled 270 snaps on special teams, tied with Bennett Jackson and Dan Fox for the most of any Irish player … totaled 38 snaps on defense.
2009 (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in all 12 contests during 2009 campaign at both outside linebacker and on special teams … received increased playing time later in season as an edge pass rusher … tallied 18 tackles including one and a half tackles for loss, one and a half sacks and one forced fumble … led team in total special teams tackles (11) and kickoff return tackles (10) and tied for team-high honors in punt return tackles (one) … recorded first multi-tackle game in season opener against Nevada as he totaled two tackles … notched career-high four tackles against Washington … picked up first career half sack against USC as part of a three-tackle performance … tallied one sack against Washington State, in addition to first career forced fumble … regis- tered two stops against Navy … led Irish with 213 special-teams appearances and logged 28:01 of playing time on defense.
2008 (FRESHMAN): Appeared in the final 11 games for Notre Dame as a reserve linebacker and special teams performer … made 98 special teams appearances on the year … accounted for one tackle in the Syracuse game … logged 2:57 of playing time.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Selected to play in U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio … named Gatorade Player of the Year for Illinois in 2007 … selected to the Parade All-America team as one of the 58 best players in the nation and one of eight linebackers named to list … one of 30 players named to the EA Sports All-America first team … named a second-team All-American by USA Today … ranked No. 7 on the Detroit Free Press[apos] Best of the Midwest Top 20 and the top linebacker on the list … rated by Rivals.com as the third-best player in Illinois, the eighth-best inside linebacker in the country … considered the 24th-best prospect by Sports Illustrated/TAKKLE.com … ranked as the 37th-best player in the na- tion by Tom Lemming and CSTV … Scout.com tabbed him as the 72nd-best prospect in the country, the third-best player in Illinois and the fourth-best middle linebacker in the nation … finalist for the inaugural Mr. Football award (won by future teammate Sean Cwynar) as a senior … named to Chicago Tribune first team all-state squad … guided team to a 12-0 record before falling in the state semifinal … helped the Caravan complete a 4-0 league mark to win the Chicago Catholic Blue division … notched 107 tack- les in senior season and returned his only interception for a touchdown (in a win over Darius Fleming[apos]s high school) … led his high school to the state finals as a sophomore and junior … tallied 87 tackles and eight sacks in his junior season … earned second-team junior All-America accolades from Rivals.com in 2006 … named a second-team all-state performer by Chi- cago Tribune following junior season … recorded 104 tackles and 10 sacks as a sophomore … three year starter at inside linebacker … played for coach Frank Lenti at Mount Carmel … attended same high school as NFL players Donovan McNabb and Simeon Rice … born June 4, 1990 … son of Steve and Debria Filer … enrolled in Mendoza College of Business, majoring in management-consulting.
Filer[apos]s Career Stats