78 Michael Walsh
>> At Navy: Enters the fall battling Jabaree Tuani for the starting job at left defensive end ... started the first four games of the 2008 campaign before suffering a severe injury to his right big toe ... the injury was bad enough that he had to withdraw from school to rehabilitate ... came back to school in January and will graduate in December ... missed spring practice, but is expected to be ready to go in the fall ... was Navy's most effective defensive lineman in 2007 ... plays with passion and never quits ... his squat of 555 pounds is tied with Curtis Bass for the best on the team ... has good quickness ... has earned one varsity letter.
>> 2008: Had his 17-game starting streak snapped at Wake Forest, having to miss the game with a toe injury ... saw limited action against Rutgers after injuring his toe in the game ... made three tackles, while being credited with half a sack and half a tackle for a loss against the Blue Devils ... turned in a pair of stops at Ball State ... turned in three tackles, including a par of solo stops in the Mids' season-opening win over Towson ... was in on a sack, while being credited with 1.5 tackles for a loss of four yards.
>> 2007: Started in all 13 games ... racked up 57 tackles on the year ... led the team 10.5 tackles for a loss of 37 yards ... tied for team-high honors with three sacks ... topped the squad with three forced fumbles ... totaled five tackles, 1.5 of which came in the backfield, during his first-career start at Temple ... registered six tackles versus Ball State ... also forced a fumble against the Cardinals ... produced four tackles against Duke ... delivered a career-best 10 tackles, eight of which were solo, in a win over Air Force ... three of his 10 stops came in the backfield for a loss of six yards ... came up with two tackles, one for a loss of four yards, in a double-overtime win at Pittsburgh ... made three tackles against Wake Forest ... assisted on a tackle against Delaware ... came up with several big plays in a triple-overtime win at Notre Dame ... sacked the quarterback two times, the first sacks of his career ... the first sack forced a fumble that was picked up by teammate Chris Kuhar-Pitters and returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter ... his second sack of the day came on fourth down at Navy's 24 with the score tied at 28 and less than a minute left in regulation ... on Notre Dame's two-point conversion in the third-overtime session, he assisted on the stop of Travis Thomas on a running attempt for the Navy victory ... he finished the game with four tackles ... chipped in with two tackles at North Texas ... tallied nine tackles and a sack against Northern Illinois ... paced the Mids with eight tackles against Army ... two of those stops came in the backfield ... also forced a fumble deep in Army territory during the second quarter ... chipped in with three tackles against Utah in the Poinsettia Bowl.
>> 2006: Played in six games ... saw first-career action against Stanford ... also played against Rutgers and Eastern Michigan ... registered first-career tackle in the loss to Notre Dame ... picked up a tackle against Duke.
>> 2005: Did not see any varsity action.
>> High School / Personal: A 2005 graduate of Notre Dame High School, Walsh was a three-year letterwinner in football and lacrosse at Notre Dame High School ... football team claimed three Colonial Valley Conference titles ... a two-time All-CVC performer at defensive end ... elected team captain of the football and lacrosse teams his senior year ... named team MVP in lacrosse as a senior ... switched his number from 38 to 78 prior to his senior year to honor his late father ... his father, the late Thomas Walsh, played four years of football on the offensive line at Villanova ... full name is Michael Thomas Walsh ... born March 15, 1987, in Doylestown, Pa. ... son of the late Thomas Walsh and David and Susan Long ... majoring in Economics.