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COL FB: Notre Dame 14, Ga. Tech 10

ATLANTA, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Darius Walker rushed for 99 yards and the game-winning TD as No. 3 Notre Dame beat Georgia Tech, 14-10, Saturday night.

COL FB: Notre Dame 38, Stanford 31

STANFORD, Calif., Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Darius Walker scored on a six-yard touchdown run with 55 seconds left to play Saturday night as sixth-ranked escaped Stanford, 38-31.

COL FB: Notre Dame 34, Syracuse 10

SOUTH BEND, Ind., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Brady Quinn passed for 270 yards and two touchdowns Saturday as 7th-ranked Notre Dame easily beat Syracuse, 34-10.

COL FB: Notre Dame 41, Tennessee 21

SOUTH BEND, Ind., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Brady Quinn passed for 295 yards and three touchdowns Saturday to boost 9th-ranked Notre Dame to a 41-21 victory over Tennessee.

COL FB: Notre Dame 49, BYU 23

SOUTH BEND, Ind., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Brady Quinn threw a school record six touchdown passes Saturday as 12th-ranked Notre Dame routed Brigham Young, 49-23.

COL FB: USC 34, Notre Dame 31

SOUTH BEND, Ind., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Matt Leinart scored on a quarterback sneak with three seconds left to play as No. 1 Southern California beat 9th-ranked Notre Dame, 34-31.

COL FB: Notre Dame 36, Washington 17

SEATTLE, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Jeff Samardzija caught eight passes for 164 yards and a touchdown Saturday to lead No. 18 Notre Dame to a 36-17 victory over the Washington Huskies.
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Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Jeff Samardzija delivers during the seventh inning at Wrigley Field in Chicago on July 25, 2008. The appearance was Samardzija's major league debut. (UPI Photo/Brian Kersey)
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Jeffrey Alan Samardzija (Serbian surname form: Самарџија, Samardžija; common pronunciation: "sah-MAHR-jee-yah") (born January 23, 1985, in Merrillville, Indiana) is an American baseball pitcher with the Chicago Cubs organization. He is a former football wide receiver at the University of Notre Dame.

Samardzija grew up in Valparaiso, Indiana, where he attended Valparaiso High School, and was a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. In football, he was a three-time first team All-State honoree, and was twice named the team's Most Valuable Player. After his senior year, he was invited to participate in the Indiana football All-Star game. In baseball, he was a first team All-State honoree. He graduated from Valparaiso High School in 2003. Athletics were something of the norm early in his life. Father Sam Samardzija was a semi-pro hockey player, and older brother Sam Jr. was an All State football and baseball player at Indiana University who now works as a sports agent in Major League Baseball. When Samardzija was in high school his mother Debora Samardzija died of a fatal disease. She still serves as the main inspiration of her two sons today. Two years later in 2003, his father, Sam, remarried and he now has two half brothers, Jakub and Nick.

Samardzija made his first impact at Notre Dame as a right-handed pitcher for the baseball team, finishing second in the Big East Conference in both ERA (2.95) and opponents' batting average (.209), and being named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Magazine. He continued to play baseball at Notre Dame until he was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 5th round (149th overall) of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft.

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