Accolades seem endless for superstars.For Jaylon Smith, they almost flow freely from any coach that has ever seen the player up close.And even during the transition Notre Dame is going through under new defensive coach Brian VanGorder, tweeking Smith from outside to inside doesn't change the fact he still is an elite talent that can transform and command still- high praise from...
True freshman Jaylon Smith has emerged as one of Notre Dame's 10 best players in his initial season of collegiate competition. The first 11 games of his college career? Child's play compared to what he'll see in the trenches Saturday in Palo Alto.
Earlier this year, Notre Dame senior linebacker Danny Spond called it quits on his football career after several years battling injuries and medical issues. The news was very sad for Irish fans — Spond was not only a key defender, but also a very respected leader and teammate in the locker room.
Rather than simply hanging it up and transitioning to life as a non-athlete, Spond...
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By TOM COYNE Associated Press Notre Dame freshmen are making a bigger impact as the season goes along.
Linebacker Jaylon Smith has been a starter since the season's start, part of a group that has been contributing all season.
But the freshman played their biggest role of the season in a 45-10 victory over Air Force, with Steve Elmer making his first...
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October 27, 2013
Brace yourselves, Notre Dame fans. This might be the worst call we’ve seen in quite some time.
During the third quarter of today’s matchup between the Irish and Air Force, Falcons quarterback Nate Romine seemingly fumbled on the run, turning the ball over to Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith, who had an easy opportunity to return the ball for a defensive score. But somehow, the refs...
Irish freshman linebacker Jaylon Smith has played his best football over Notre Dame's last two contests. Blessed with athleticism, Smith sometimes makes it look easy. Believe him when he says, it's not.
Notre Dame heads into an off week feeling good about its 37-34 victory over Arizona State, particularly the play of its defense, yet knowing it will be without middle linebacker Jarrett Grace for the rest of the season because of a broken right leg.
Grace, who is tied for the most tackles on the team with 40, underwent surgery Sunday in Dallas to have a rod placed to help heal the...
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October 06, 2013
At first glance, Notre Dame linebackers Jaylon Smith and Jarrett Grace don't appear to have a lot in common other than being starters the 22nd-ranked Fighting Irish are counting on to help slow No. 14 Oklahoma's offense.
Smith started for the Irish just four days after attending his first college class and was in on the tackle on the first play. Grace didn't play as...
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September 26, 2013
Jaylon Smith became the first outside linebacker in nearly 20 years to start from the outset at Notre Dame. His next career first is far more important for the 2013 season, and he won't be taking it alone.
No. 14 Notre Dame will start a freshman at outside linebacker against Temple on Saturday and several other members of coach Brian Kelly's highest-rated recruiting class are expected to play.
The depth chart released Tuesday lists Jaylon Smith as a starting outside linebacker. Last year he won the Butkus Award as the nation's top high school linebacker, the same award Manti...