Cierre Wood and George Atkinson III both rush for over 100 yards in the victory.
JUNIOR SEASON (2012): Started all 13 games at cornerback ... proved to be an exceptional cornerback, moving into one of two vacancies at the start of the season ... ranked third on the team with 65 tackles, trailing Manti Te'o and Zeke Motta ... recorded 45 solo stops ... tied for 39th in the FBS in interceptions (0.31/game) ... first Irish cornerback to record four interceptions in one season since Mike Richardson finished with the same amount during the 13-game season in 2006 ... notched seven tackles, including six unassisted, against Navy (Sept. 1) ... notched two more tackles as well as two interceptions (for a total of 47 yards) the following week against Purdue (Sept. 8) ... collected his first career interception in the third quarter against the Boilermakers that ultimately led to a Notre Dame field goal ... also had an interception on the last play of the game to secure the victory ... first Irish player with multiple interceptions in a game since Harrison Smith equaled the school record of three against Miami, Fla., in the 2010 Sun Bowl ... had four tackles on the road against No. 10 Michigan State (Sept. 15) ... recorded a career-high nine tackles against Michigan (Sept. 22), six of them being solo stops ... also recovered a fumble for 10 yards and added an interception ... notched one tackle against Miami (Oct. 6), but came to play against Stanford (Oct. 13) with four tackles and a key interception to prevent the Cardinal from scoring a touchdown early in the game ... combined with ILB Carlo Calabrese on the crucial fourth-down overtime play that prevented a Stanford touchdown ... had a breakout game against Oklahoma (Oct. 27) with eight tackles, seven of the eight were solo stops ... had his first tackle for loss of the season against Pittsburgh (Nov. 3) ... notched his second tackle for loss among eight more tackles against Boston College (Nov. 10) ... finished out the season with nine more tackles, three against Wake Forest (Nov. 17) and six against USC (Nov. 24) ... credited with four tackles vs. Alabama in BCS National Championship Game.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2011): Played in all 13 games, primarily on special teams ... notched 18 tackles ... ranked fifth on the team with seven special teams tackles ... also returned three kickoffs for 32 yards ... had a pair of kickoff returns for 31 yards vs. South Florida ... notched three tackles vs. Purdue and Air Force ... also had two tackles vs. USF, Wake Forest and Florida State.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2010): Saw action in all 13 games in 2010 ... Notre Dame Special Teams Player of the Year ... served as lead kickoff returner and one of the top gunners on punt and kickoff return defense ... returned 29 kickoffs for 645 yards, good for average of 22.24 yards per return ... ranked 88th in the FBS in kickoff returns (22.24) ... raced 43 yards on his first career kickoff return, the longest return of the season for Notre Dame, at Boston College ... finished the game versus the Eagles with 111 yards on four kickoff returns, good for a 27.8 yard average ... ran 20 yards on a fake punt to help set up a Notre Dame touchdown against Tulsa ... took the opening kickoff against Utah and returned it 35 yards ... registered 10 tackles on special teams, including nine on kickoff return ... the 10 total special teams tackles ranked second best on the team (only Steve Filer had more with 11) ... his nine kickoff return tackles was tied with Filer for most on the team ... recorded four solo tackles, all on kickoff return, in his Irish debut against Purdue and added another tackle against Michigan ... added one tackle during the matchup with Western Michigan ... added a pair of kickoff return tackles in the victory over Army ... added a tackle on kickoff return in the Hyundai Sun Bowl victory over Miami (Fla.) ... totaled 270 snaps on special teams, tied with Steve Filer and Dan Fox for the most of any Irish player ... totaled six snaps on offense.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named second-best wide receiver in New Jersey by SuperPrep ... recorded 40 receptions for 729 yards and rushed 20 times for 350 yards as senior in 2009 at Raritan High School in Hazlet, N.J. ... also played defensive back and intercepted four passes in 2009 ... led Raritan to 8-3 record in 2009 ... named second-team all-state, first-team all-area and first-team all-Group 2 following senior season by Newark Star-Ledger ... selected first-team all-area by Asbury Park Press ... named preseason first-team all-state by MaxPreps ... scored 13 touchdowns and converted 53 PATs for 131 points as senior, ranking 26th in New Jersey scoring ... caught 35 passes for 509 yards with four TDs during junior season in 2008 and rushed 35 times for 267 yards and four TDs ... added two passing TDs, two punt returns for TDs and one kickoff return for a score during junior campaign ... averaged 38 yards per kickoff return and 18 yards per punt return in 2008 ... participated in New Jersey vs. Northeast All-Star Football Classic in June 2009 ... also competed in track and field as sprinter and high hurdler ... played for coach Bob Generelli at Raritan ... son of Bennett Sr. and Grace Jackson ... enrolled in Mendoza College of Business.