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Jaylon Smith
Candidate: All-American, Butkus Award, Lott IMPACT Award

Smith: by the Numbers

113

Tackles (Leads team)

  1. Jaylon Smith 113
  2. Joe Schmidt 65
  3. Max Redfield, 64
  4. KeiVarae Russell60
  5. Issac Rochell 58

9.0

Tackles for Loss

  1. Sheldon Day, 14.5
  2. Romeo Okwara, 12.5
  3. Jaylon, Smith 9
  4. Issac Rochell, 7.5
  5. Elijah Shumate, 6.5

5

Pass Breakups (Leads team)

  1. Jaylon Smith, 5
  2. Cole Luke, 4
  3. KeiVarae Russell, 4
  4. Joe Schmidt, 3
  5. Multiple Players 2

More about Jaylon

A Statistical Leader

Midseason first-team All-American Jaylon Smith, and finalist for the 2015 Butkus Award, Jaylon Smith leads the Irish in 2015 with 68 solo tackles and 113 total tackles, is third with 9.0 tackles for loss and leads the team with five pass breakups. His six quarterback hurries tie for fourth on the team and match the lead among non-linemen.

In Good Company

Smith has joined Manti Te'o as the only Notre Dame players under head coach Brian Kelly to record at least 100 tackles in consecutive seasons. Te'o broke the century mark three straight years from 2010-12. Smith made 112 tackles in 2014. Smith is the first Notre Dame player with at least 113 tackles, nine TFLs and five passes defended since Courtney Watson in 2003.

Consistency

Smith, a 2014 Associated Press second-team All-America selection and Butkus Award finalist, started all 13 games last year and led the Irish in total tackles, solo tackles (65), assisted tackles (47) and tackles for loss. Smith ranked tied for second on the team with three and a half sacks.

A Big Year

Smith set a career-high with 14 tackles in the win over USC (Oct. 17) and then broke that sum with 15 at No. 9 Stanford on Nov. 28. He has reached double digits in tackles five times in the last six games of the regular season.

2015 awards and Honors

SI.com Midseason First-Team All-American

CBS Sports Midseason First-Team All-American

Bednarik Award Semifinalist

Bednarik Award Semifinalist

Butkus Award Semifinalist

Lott IMPACT Trophy Semifinalist

Bednarik Award Watch List

Butkus Award Watch List

Lombardi Award Watch List

Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List

Nagurski Trophy Watch List

ESPN.com Preseason First Team All-American

Sports Illustrated Preseason First Team All-American

Phil Steele Preseason First Team All-American

Sporting News Preseason Second Team All-American

Athlon Sports Preseason Second Team All-American

College Sports Madness Independent Defensive Player of the Week (9.8.15)

Lott IMPACT Player of the Week (9.15.15)

Lott IMPACT Player of the Week Nominee (9.21.15)

Lott IMPACT Player of the Week Nominee (10.19.15)