Alex Bars Named 2018 Notre Dame Football Captain

Bars joins previously named captains center Sam Mustipher, punter Tyler Newsome and linebacker Drue Tranquill

CAREER: Approved for fifth season of eligibility by Notre Dame's Faculty Board on Athletics since he did not play at all in 2006 ... highly-intelligent player that has helped the Irish at inside and outside linebacker as well as on special teams ... played in 33 games over Irish career and totaled 33 tackles, one sack, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble ... logged 305 special-teams appearances at Notre Dame ... will compete in 2009 for playing time at strongside linebacker with Darius Fleming and Steve Filer.

2008 (SENIOR): Appeared in all 13 games for Notre Dame ... served as a backup at both inside linebacker spots ... forced a fumble against Syracuse in the home finale ... also saw significant playing time on special teams ... recorded a sack in bowl game victory over Hawai'i ... made 190 special-teams appearances (third most by any Irish player) and logged 21:48 of playing time.

2007 (JUNIOR): Played in all 12 games for the Irish on special teams and as a reserve linebacker ... tallied 91 special-teams appearances but also earned playing time at both inside and outside linebacker ... ended the season with career-best 18 tackles (seven solo) ... recorded four tackles on opening day vs. Georgia Tech ... had a career high in tackles vs. Navy, recording six tackles ... registered 33:06 of playing time on the year and made 91 special-teams appearances.

2006 (SOPHOMORE): Did not see any game action.

2005 (FRESHMAN): Played in eight games, primarily on special teams ... a reserve middle linebacker behind starter Corey Mays ... made three tackles (all solos) ... made a crucial tackle of Steve Breaston on a reverse vs. Michigan, his first tackle for the Irish ... also had solo stops vs. Michigan State and Washington ... saw action at linebacker for one series and made eight special-teams appearances vs. BYU ... logged 5:57 of playing time with 24 special-teams appearances.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from Highland Park (Ill.) High School ... as a senior in 2004, he made 143 tackles, four sacks and two interceptions at inside linebacker ... made a school-record 23 tackles versus Vernon Hills in 2004 ... also had an 18-tackle outing versus Cary Grove in 2003 ... a unanimous pick as conference defensive player of the year in 2004 ... selected to the Champaign News-Gazette all-state team ... an Illinois Class 7A all-state pick in 2004 ... rated the nation's number-19 inside linebacker by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report ... member of the Chicago Sun-Times area top 100 ... a three-year starter who was an all-league and all-area pick as a junior in 2003 ... had 100 tackles, two sacks and four interceptions as a junior in 2003 ... made 78 tackles and one sack as a sophomore in 2002 ... also had seven catches for 72 yards at tight end in 2002 ... set a school career record for tackles with 321, along with six interceptions and seven quarterback sacks ... had a career total of 28 receptions for 386 yards and four TDs at tight end ... set a school single-season tackles mark with 143 in 2004 ... a two-time team captain ... helped lead Highland Park to consecutive state playoff berths in 2003 and 2004, only the second time in school history that happened ... for his career, he averaged 12.9 points and 8.8 rebounds in basketball at power forward ... set school career records for deflections (143), blocked shots (101) and rebounds (709) ... attended Notre Dame football camp in the summer of 2004 ... coached by Kurt Weinberg ... full name is Scott Andrew Smith ... one of two children ... born July 16, 1986, in Phoenix, Ariz. ... son of Robert and Debora Smith ... graduated from Notre Dame in May 2009 with degrees in management-consulting and sociology ... earned 3.4 grade-point average in `06 spring semester, 3.854 in `07 spring semester, 3.933 in '07 fall semester, 3.849 in `08 spring semester and finished with a 3.649 cumulative GPA ... is a member of the Dean's List ... currently enrolled in the graduate studies program.

Smith's Career Statistics

Tackles Fumbles
2005 8-0 3 3 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0
Did Not Play
2007 12-0 18 7 11 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 1-0 0 0-0
2008 13-0 12 9 3 1.0-3 1.0-3 1 0-0 0 0-0
Totals 33-0 33 19 14 1.0-3 1.0-3 1 1-0 0 0-0

Scott Smith
Scott  Smith


Highland Park, IL

High School:
Highland Park

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 245



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