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  1. Last looks: Linebackers

    Sep 1, 2015, 2:23 PM EDT

    Jaylon Smith, Joe Schmidt

    With a strong recruiting surge, some roster shuffling and some good luck (and hard work) in the health department, Notre Dame’s linebacking corps was rebuilt remarkably quickly. A season after question marks were everywhere, the Irish have a linebacking group that is among the fastest and most athletic we’ve seen in a very long time.

  2. Competition continues as camp settles in

    Aug 14, 2015, 12:17 PM EDT

    Michigan v Notre Dame

    With the trip to Culver complete, Notre Dame enters the dog days of training camp. More than a week in, there are no restrictions on the football team, so this week featured two-a-days, full pads, and some intense competition as the depth chart begins to shake out.

  3. Irish A-to-Z: Jaylon Smith

    Aug 8, 2015, 2:10 PM EDT

    Jaylon Smith

    Coming off of a 100-tackle sophomore season that earned him a mention on the AP’s All-American second team, Jaylon Smith returns for his third season in South Bend with the expectations for greatness even higher. After spending 2014 learning how to play linebacker from the inside out, Smith now will be asked to do something he only did in spurts last season: Dominate.

  4. Counting down the Irish: The Top Five

    Aug 7, 2015, 12:31 PM EDT

    Rice v Notre Dame

    It’s official. Brian Kelly won yesterday’s press conference. Now we’ll find out the five players who’ll have the largest say in whether the Irish perform up to the lofty standards their head coach set yesterday.

  5. Stanley, Smith and Redfield headline five Irish preseason All-Americans

    Jun 1, 2015, 5:12 PM EDT

    Notre Dame v Syracuse

    College football staple Phil Steele released his 2015 Preseason All-American team on Monday. And with five Notre Dame players on his four-team squad, Steele is the first of the major preseason predictors who seem very bullish on the Irish.

  6. Post-spring stock report: Linebackers

    May 11, 2015, 12:18 PM EDT

    Jaylon Smith, Joe Schmidt

    We continue our look at the post-spring depth charts with the linebackers. A talented group of athletes might provide one of the most misleading depth charts in recent memory.

  7. Spring Solutions: Linebackers

    Mar 6, 2015, 3:08 PM EDT

    Jaylon Smith, Joe Schmidt

    A position group that started last spring as one of the biggest question marks on the defense enters spring practice with the chance to be the most talented unit on the field.

  8. Counting down the Irish: Final grades, Top 5

    Jan 2, 2015, 2:22 PM EDT

    Jaylon Smith, Joe Schmidt

    With an unexpected eighth win in the Music City Bowl, we can officially close the book on 2014. Let’s do the same with our final grades for the 2014 Fighting Irish.

  9. Smith, Fuller nab All-American mentions

    Dec 18, 2014, 2:38 PM EDT

    Jaylon Smith

    Sophomores Jaylon Smith and Will Fuller have earned more kudos than just their defensive and offensive player of the year Echoes. Both have received mention for year-end All-American awards.

  10. Counting down the Irish: Looking back

    Dec 15, 2014, 3:37 PM EDT

    Will Fuller, Nick VanHoose

    This August, a group of people who spend way too much time watching and writing about Notre Dame football got together to put together some preseason rankings on the roster. In doing so, we (I’m definitely included) put in writing what so many of you (especially in the comments) already thought was true: We don’t know what we’re talking about sometimes.

  11. Five things we learned: Louisville 31, Notre Dame 28

    Nov 22, 2014, 8:40 PM EDT

    Austin Collinsworth, Joe Schmidt

    Kyle Brindza stared down his spot. Envisioned making the kick. Took a final deep breath before waiting for the snap.

    And then he missed it.

  12. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 17, Stanford 14

    Oct 4, 2014, 10:25 PM EDT

    Stanford v Notre Dame

    Anatomy of a soul-crushing defeat: Back-breaking turnovers. Missed scoring opportunities. Wasted performances. The Irish looked like they had put together the perfect recipe for a painful loss through 57 rain-soaked, wind-swept minutes in Notre Dame Stadium. But Everett Golson and the Irish offense rallied for a game-winning touchdown drive, helping the Irish pull off a wild 17-14 victory over Stanford Saturday afternoon.

  13. Even after shutout, Irish hope best is yet to come for young D

    Sep 8, 2014, 7:33 PM EDT

    Michigan v Notre Dame

    During the postgame interviews, it was hard for players to hide the joy they were feeling. For a team that’s struggled to beat Michigan in the past, the 31-0 victory certainly earned the Irish every minute of the 24 hours they planned to celebrate.

  14. Irish A-to-Z: Jaylon Smith

    Aug 24, 2014, 9:34 AM EDT

    We are about to get an idea of how good sophomore Jaylon Smith can truly be. Irish A-to-Z continues with a look at Notre Dame’s star linebacker.

  15. Counting down the Irish: The Top Five

    Aug 11, 2014, 10:34 AM EDT

    Tyler Boyd, Jaylon Smith

    Our annual exercise is over and the result is a Top Five that was as close to consensus as possible. On a roster with unproven talent and unprecedented depth, part of what makes this list interesting and fun is that I put zero qualifications on the logic used to rank players. Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder.

  16. Watch Lists: Golson, Russell and Smith earn mention

    Jul 8, 2014, 8:39 AM EDT

    Notre Dame at USC

    A trio of Notre Dame football players find themselves on the watch list for some very impressive postseason awards. Quarterback Everett Golson is on the Maxwell Award’s watch list while junior cornerback KeiVarae Russell and sophomore linebacker Jaylon Smith were both selected to the Bednarik’s watch list.

  17. Under Pressure: Where will the Irish find their pass rush?

    Apr 25, 2014, 1:57 PM EDT

    US Presswire

    Notre Dame’s new defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder built his defense around pressure and aggression. Now who is going to provide it?

  18. Core of Irish defense beginning to emerge

    Apr 15, 2014, 1:40 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly,Brian Van Gorder

    Making an impact during a spring game is always a good thing. But sometimes, the not making one is a good thing, too. The core of the Irish defense didn’t play a lot in the Blue-Gold game.

  19. The good, the bad, the ugly: 85th Blue-Gold game

    Apr 14, 2014, 2:59 PM EDT

    Everett Golson

    Spring football is done, with the Blue-Gold game already in the rearview mirror. Let’s recap Saturday’s festivities with a look at the good, the bad and the ugly from the offense’s 63-58 win.

  20. Irish return to the practice field

    Mar 19, 2014, 1:44 PM EDT

    Notre Dame v Air Force

    After two weeks off, Notre Dame returned to the practice field this morning. With pads on and live snaps taking place, any rust seemed to be alleviated with the Irish playing live for the first time this spring. With plenty of reports coming in live from various local outlets that got a limited look at…

  21. Jaylon Smith’s star quickly on the rise

    Dec 26, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT

    Navy v Notre Dame

    There’s a very nice article on freshman linebacker Jaylon Smith running today as the lead story on Sports Illustrated’s college football page. Smith, who came into Notre Dame as the school’s highest rated recruit since Jimmy Clausen, did everything you’d want from a freshman, becoming one of the team’s best defenders as the season went…

  22. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Pitt

    Nov 10, 2013, 1:22 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly ref

    Most coaches institute a 24-hour rule. After a win or a loss, you’ve got 24 hours to put the game in the rearview mirror and move past it. That might be a little bit tougher for Brian Kelly and his team this Sunday, with the loss among the most frustrating in the Kelly era. “Our…

  23. Blitzes and pressure a two-way street

    Sep 17, 2013, 9:27 PM EDT

    Stephon Tuitt

    If Stephon Tuitt was still wondering, life is more difficult being on everybody’s All-American list. A season after exploding onto the scene with 12 sacks during his breakout sophomore campaign, Tuitt has found out that it’s much tougher to impact games when he’s one of the main targets in an opponents scouting report. For those…

  24. Offseason cheat sheet: Linebackers

    Aug 30, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

    dan-fox-full

    While the linebacking corps might be best known for the player that departed, the Irish should be very strong both inside and out even without All-American Manti Te’o roaming the field. Head coach Brian Kelly has talked quite a bit about the type of teammate and leader the Irish need to replace in Te’o, but…

  25. Freshman Focus: Jaylon Smith

    Jul 28, 2013, 1:33 PM EDT

    Indianapolis Star

    The crown jewel of the Irish recruiting class, Jaylon Smith begins his Notre Dame career as the school’s highest ranked defensive prospect in the modern recruiting era. The top high school linebacker in the country, Smith is an all-everything recruit, a headliner on every All-American team, and a prospect coveted by schools coast to coast.…