The Notre Dame football team took a break from preparations for the ND-FSU matchup in the Champs Sports Bowl to visit some special kids - then were able to act like kids during a visit to Universal Orlando.
CAREER: One of six fifth-year seniors on scholarship on 2011 Irish roster (David Ruffer, Mike Ragone, Andrew Nuss, Gary Gray and Taylor Dever are the others) ... athletic and versatile player has experience playing safety and linebacker in his Notre Dame career ... serves as the Irish captain in 2011... the only player in Irish football history to register more than 200 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 15 pass breakups in a career ... leads or tied for lead among active Irish players in just about every defensive category, including games (38, tied), games started (34), total tackles (214), solo tackles (134), pass breakups (18), passes defended (25) and interceptions (seven) ... his 15.5 tackles for loss are third most on team ... has recorded three and a half career sacks and forced one fumble ... did not play as freshman but practiced that season at safety ... moved to linebacker as sophomore and started nine games for Irish at strong-side linebacker ... started at both safety and linebacker in 2009.
2010 (SENIOR): Saw action in all 13 games in 2010 ... one of 11 players to start all 13 games for the Irish... joined LB Darius Fleming, CB Gary Gray, DE Kapron Lewis-Moore, DE Ethan Johnson, ILB Manti Te'o and CB Darrin Walls as the only players on the defensive side of the ball to start all 13 games ... totaled 93 tackles, including one-half tackle for loss (1 yard), seven interceptions (54 yards) and seven pass breakups ... ranked second on the team in total tackles, second in solo stops and third in assisted tackles ... led the team in interceptions and pass breakups ... ranked fourth in the FBS in interceptions per game (0.54) and total interceptions (seven) ... eclipsed 10 or more tackles in four different games (Michigan State, Stanford, Pittsburgh and Navy) ... registered four tackles, including three solo stops, in the victory over Purdue in the season opener ... collected nine tackles, including six solo stops, and one pass breakup against Michigan ... recorded another pass breakup and 10 more tackles at Michigan State ... eclipsed 10 or more tackles for the second straight game with 11 total stops, seven solo, versus Stanford ... made a pair of solo tackles and collected first career interception in the victory at Boston College ... all over the field in the victory over Pittsburgh ... made a career-best 13 tackles, registered a pair of pass breakups and collected an interception against the Panthers ... posted another a 10-tackle game against Navy ... had 10 tackles, three solo, versus the Midshipmen ... collected a pass breakup and six tackles, four solo stops, against Tulsa ... registered a highlight-reel interception and made seven tackles in the victory over Utah ... recorded tackle for loss and totaled five overall stops in the triumph over Army at Yankee Stadium ... made six overall tackles, including five solo stops, registered a pair of pass breakups and collected an interception deep in Irish territory with only 36 seconds remaining that clinched the victory over USC ... registered three interceptions in the first half alone in the Hyundai Sun Bowl victory over Miami (Fla.) ... the three interceptions not only equaled a school record, but also equaled the Sun Bowl record ... became the 14th Notre Dame player to accomplish that, the last being Shane Walton versus Maryland in 2002 ... the three interceptions was an Irish bowl game re- cord ... bested Elmer Layden's school bowl record of two picks set against Stanford in the 1925 Rose Bowl ... only two other players intercepted three passes in a single-game in 2010 - Jayron Hosley from Virginia Tech and Marco Nelson of Tulsa ... the seven interceptions not only ranked tied for the sixth-most in school history, but were the most for an Irish player since Walton had seven in 2002 ... selected by ESPN.com to its all-Bowl team ... recorded 820 snaps on defense, the most of any defensive back and second most of any Irish defensive player.
2009 (JUNIOR): One of only three defensive players to start all 12 games for Irish, joining safety Kyle McCarthy and linebacker Brian Smith ... started first six games at safety before moving to strongside linebacker for final six contests ... ranked third on team with 69 tackles and tied for third on Irish with six and a half tackles for loss ... added four pass breakups and forced one fumble ... tallied six tackles including five solo stops in season opener against Nevada ... recorded team-best 11 tackles at Michigan, including one and a half tackles for loss ... registered seven tackles against Michigan State ... switched to linebacker against Boston College and responded with four tackles, one tackle for loss and one forced fumble ... tied career high with two tackles for loss against Navy ... led Irish with nine tackles at Pittsburgh ... added one tackle for loss and one pass breakup against Panthers ... led front seven and was second on team with 11 tackles against
Connecticut ... totaled 299:32 of playing time on defense and ranked 10th on team with 127 appearances on special teams.
2008 (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 13 games for the Irish and started all but four contests (San Diego State, Michigan, Purdue and Hawai'i) ... ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 57 stops, including eight and a half tackles for a loss ... recorded three and a half sacks on the year and had seven pass break-ups ... ranked fourth on the team in tackles, led the team in tackles for loss, tied for team-high honors in sacks and tallied second- most pass breakups ... recorded three tackles (all solo), including a tackle for a loss in his Irish debut vs. San Diego State ... made his first career start and tallied six tackles (solo, five assists), including one for a loss against Michigan State ... amassed three tackles (two solos, assist) vs. Stanford ... also recorded his first career rush on a successful fake punt for 23 yards ... tied then career high in tackles with six (three solos, three assists) including a tackle for a loss at North Carolina ... registered five tackles (three solos, two assists) in victory at Washington ... added his first two career sacks and also ran a fake punt 35 yards vs. the Huskies ... recorded five tackles (four solos, assist) including a tackle for a loss in his fifth career start vs. Pittsburgh ... amassed team-high nine tackles (seven solos, two assists) including one for a loss at Boston College ... made two tackles (both assists) and assisted on a tackle for loss and a sack in the win against Navy ... registered seven tackles (five solos, two assists), a sack and two pass break-ups against Syracuse ... tallied three tackles (all solos) and added a pass breakup in regular season finale vs. USC ... credited with five tackles (all solos) and had two pass breakups in Hawai'i Bowl victory.
2007 (FRESHMAN): Did not see the field as a reserve safety his freshman season ... helped prepare the first-team offense during the season by playing on the look team in practice.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named to Super Southern 100 team for 2006 by Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of nine safeties ... Gatorade player of the year in Tennessee for 2006 ... rated 89th best prospect nationally by CSTV - and sixth nationally among safeties ... listed as one of top 250 players nationally by Rivals.com, including seventh among Tennessee prospects and among top 25 nationally in athlete category ... 2006 American General Tennessee Mr. Football Back of the Year in Class 3A ... gained 1,340 yards rushing to go with 19 touchdowns as senior in 2006 at Knoxville Catholic High School in Knoxville, Tenn. ... caught 23 passes for 453 yards and six TDs in '06 for Fighting Irish ... also made 61 tackles, two tackles for loss, two interceptions and caused two fumbles on defense ... averaged 14 yards per punt return as senior for team that finished 12-1 after unbeaten regular season and Tennessee Class 3A quarterfinal loss ... helped '06 Knoxville Catholic team average 37 points per game ... named 2006 Tennessee Class 3A all-state defensive back by Tennessee Sports Writers Association and by Tennessee Football Coaches Association ... named East Tennessee High School Football Player of the Year for '06 by the Lawrenceburg (Tenn.) Quarterback Club ... named to Nashville Tennessean Dream Team for '06 as safety ... rushed for 1,312 yards and had 446 receiving yards (32 catches) with 23 combined TDs as junior in 2005 on Knoxville Catholic team that ended up 11-2 ... intercepted five passes, returning two for TDs, forced three fumbles, recovered two fumbles in '05 and also made 87 tackles (11 for loss) at safety slot ... earned Tennessee Class 3A first-team all-state honors as junior from Tennessee Sports Writers Association ... one of top 33 running backs on 2006 preseason basis by CBS Sportsline.com College Football Preview ... rated 46th best overall prospect in Southeast on 2006 preseason basis by The Sporting News SchoolSports ... helped Knoxville Catholic to unbeaten regular season as sophomore in 2004 and final 10-1 record ... made four tackles for West squad in MSL Events' East Meets West all-star game in January 2007 in Orlando ... also played basketball ... played for coach Mark Pemberton at Knoxville Catholic ... born Feb. 2, 1989 ... full name is Harrison J. Smith ... parents are Steven and Susan Smith ... graduated from Mendoza College of Business with a management-entrepreneurship degree ... enrolled in graduate studies program.