Irish overcome 14-point fourth-quarter deficit in fifth straight ND-Pitt game decided by six points or fewer.
Spond's Career Highs
Kick returns: 1, at Stanford, Nov. 26, 2011
Interceptions: 1, BYU, Oct. 20, 2012
Tackles: 7, Michigan, Sept. 22, 2012 (3-4)
Tackles for loss: .5, at USC, Nov. 24, 2012 (0-1); Air Force, Oct. 8, 2011 (0-1); BYU, Oct. 20, 2012 (0-1)
Fumbles forced: 1, Michigan, Sept. 22, 2012
Pass breakups: 2, BYU, Oct. 20, 2012
JUNIOR SEASON (2012): After sitting out the first two games of the season, bounced back into the starting role for the last 11 games of the season ... totaled 39 tackles (17 solo), one tackle for loss, one interception and three pass breakups ... registered four tackles in first start of the season on the road against Michigan State (Sept. 15) ... back home against Michigan (Sept. 22) logged seven tackles, three of them being unassisted ... notched two more tackles against Miami (Oct. 6) in the Shamrock Series game ... had six tackles in an overtime win over Stanford (Oct. 13) ... recorded four tackles, three of them solo stops, against BYU (Oct. 20) ... grabbed a crucial interception off Cougars' quarterback Riley Nelson at BYU's 39-yard line to secure the victory for Notre Dame ... during the game against Oklahoma (Oct. 27), notched five more tackles as the Irish took down the Sooners ... had three tackles against Pittsburgh (Nov. 3) ... went on to bruise Boston College (Nov. 10) with three unassisted tackles ... made three more tackles against Wake Forest (Nov. 17) and finished the regular season with two tackles against USC (Nov. 24) ... credited against both BYU and USC with a half tackle for loss for one yard.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2011): Played in 10 games, primarily on special teams and also as a reserve linebacker ... did not play vs. Michigan State, Pittsburgh or Purdue ... totaled 13 tackles, including seven solo ... had then career-best six tackles in win vs. Maryland ... notched three tackles in win vs. Navy and two tackles in win vs. Air Force ... chipped in with one-half tackle for loss against the Falcons.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2010): Saw action in eight games in 2010 ... one of six freshmen to make their Irish debut against Purdue ... saw the field against Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Stanford, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Utah and Miami (Fla.) in Hyundai Sun Bowl ... majority of playing time came on multiple Irish special teams ... recorded one solo tackle against Boston College ... totaled 105 plays on special teams and 10 plays on defense.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: First-team all-Colorado selection by Denver Post as junior and honorable mention all-state by Post as senior in 2009 ... played quarterback for Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., and helped lead Rebels to state semifinals as junior and quarterfinals as senior in 2009 ... rated by Rivals.com as second-best player in Colorado and the 27th-best athlete nationally ... labeled as "best athlete" in Colorado high school football prior to start of 2009 season by Denver Post ... missed four games as a senior in 2009 due to injury ... passed for 517 yards on 41-for-64 throwing with 10 touchdowns and rushed for 386 yards with four TDs in 2009 ... also kicked five of seven PATs, connected on both field-goal attempts (one for 46 yards), punted 14 times for 35.9-yard average, intercepted one pass and made 13.5 tackles as cornerback ... rushed for 178 yards in one 2009 game vs. Chatfield ... first-team all-Big 8 Conference selection for 2009 on Columbine team that finished 8-4 and qualified for Colorado 5A playoffs ... played quarterback in wing-T offense and passed 57 times for 511 yards as junior in 2008, with eight passes for TDs ... totaled 874 rushing yards in 2008 and averaged 9.8 rushing yards per carry with 10 rushing TDs ... led Columbine to 11-2 record in 2008 ... named all-conference linebacker in 2007 and also served as placekicker for Rebels as sophomore ... named Denver Post high school student-athlete of week on Sept. 6, 2009 ... won seven consecutive Carnation Bowls, South Jeffco (Colo.) youth league's version of Super Bowl ... compiled 77-1 record in youth football with one loss occurring as he sat out due to injury ... played for coach Andy Lowry at Columbine ... son of Don and Janet Spond ... enrolled in College of Arts and Letters as a political science major.