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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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.…

  13. Counting down the Irish: 25-21

    Jul 15, 2013, 10:07 AM EDT

    Matt Cashore

    As we look at the first installment of our annual Top 25 list, it’s a reminder that Brian Kelly knows how to recruit. While we’ve trudged through this topic more than once, one of the biggest concerns after Kelly’s hiring was his ability to recruit against the power programs in college football. Succeeding only at…

  14. Faxes In: Jaylon Smith

    Feb 6, 2013, 9:13 AM EDT

    Indianapolis Star

    One of the biggest names in the modern recruiting era has made it official. Jaylon Smith has faxed in his letter-of-intent. Let’s try and put in perspective just how big of a commitment this is. JAYLON SMITH Fort Wayne, Indiana Measureables: 6-foot-3, 215-pounds Accolades: 2012 High School Butkus Award Winner. First-team USA Today All-American. First-team…

  15. Jaylon Smith rebuffs Michigan’s late push

    Feb 1, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    Indianapolis Star

    Current Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison has a special place carved out for him in Notre Dame football’s history books. The coaching lifer spent eight years in South Bend, coordinating the defense for Bob Davie, then staying on staff through the transition to Tyrone Willingham, a rare holdover in the house-cleaning that happened after the…

  16. Jaylon Smith commits to the Irish

    Jun 2, 2012, 6:46 PM EDT

    Jaylon Smith

    It won’t go into the media guide or count in Brian Kelly’s official W-L record, but Notre Dame won a huge battle on Saturday when Indiana linebacker Jaylon Smith gave his commitment to the Fighting Irish. The 6-foot-3, 218-pound outside linebacker, who has been dazzling recruitniks all offseason with his effortless work rushing the passer,…

  17. Weekend notes: Floyd, Smith, Rankings, and more

    May 11, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Jaylon Smith

    With finals ending this week at Notre Dame, and graduating approaching next weekend, it’s a slow time for college football news. As we march through the offseason desert with no oasis in sight, let’s dig into some of the more interesting stories I stumbled across this week. *** Michael Floyd is one of those seniors…

  18. Pregame Six Pack: Blue & Gold (and a certain Irish victory)

    Apr 20, 2012, 6:11 AM EDT

    Blue-Gold-27

    It may count the same as the other fourteen practices allotted by NCAA rules during the spring, but there will be plenty of eyeballs on the last official workout of the school year for the Irish. With a national broadcast on NBC Sports Network kicking off at 1:30 p.m. ET, a spring spent mostly working…

  19. Recruiting carousel restarts with 2013 Rivals100 list

    Feb 8, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT

    Kendall Fuller

    Notre Dame hasn’t stopped chasing 2012 prospects. But that doesn’t stop the recruiting carousel for spinning, as the lifeblood of college football — not to mention a multi-million dollar internet industry — continues to churn as college programs turn the page to a new year’s worth of recruits. Nothing signals that more than the new…