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10/31/2016

Notre Dame-Miami 2016: What the Irish Learned

Here are some Irish takeaways from their 30-27 comeback win over the Hurricanes

09/14/2016

Notre Dame-Michigan State 2016: These Irish Know Spartans

The University of Notre Dame hasn't met Michigan State University on the football field since 2013

09/13/2016

University of Notre Dame Football Media Conference

I was really pleased with the way our guys prepared coming off a short week

04/17/2016

Sunday Brunch: Irish Team Matures Along with Stadium

Blue-Gold Game spectators gained their initial look at the progress of the Campus Crossroads Project

03/31/2016

Notre Dame Football Pro Day: Grace Gives It All He’s Got

THE LYGHT FILE

Hometown: Flint, Michigan

High School: Luke M. Powers High School

College: Notre Dame (Psychology, 1991)

Wife: Stefanie

Children: Daughter - Luca; Son - Logan


PLAYING EXPERIENCE

1987-90 Notre Dame Cornerback

1991-94 Los Angeles Rams Cornerback

1995-2000 St. Louis Rams Cornerback

2001-02 Detroit Lions Cornerback


BOWLS/PLAYOFFS PLAYED

1987 Notre Dame (Cotton)

1988 Notre Dame (Fiesta)

1989 Notre Dame (Orange)

1990 Notre Dame (Orange)

1999 St. Louis Rams (Super Bowl XXXIV Champions)

2000 St. Louis Rams (NFL Playoffs)


COACHING CAREER

2011 Oregon Defensive Secondary Intern

2012 Oregon Defensive Secondary Intern

2013 Philadelphia Eagles Assistant Defensive Backs

2014 Philadelphia Eagles Assistant Defensive Backs

2015 Vanderbilt Cornerbacks

2015-16 Notre Dame Defensive Backs


BOWLS/PLAYOFFS COACHED

2011 Oregon (Rose)

2012 Oregon (Fiesta)

2013 Philadelphia Eagles (NFL Playoffs)

2015 Notre Dame (Fiesta)


PERSONAL INFORMATION

  • Established the Todd W. Lyght Scholarship at the University of Notre Dame
  • Two-time consensus All-American for the Irish in 1989 and 1990
  • Only player in Notre Dame history who can claim the following accomplishments: starter on a collegiate national championship team, unanimous All-American, first-round NFL draft pick, starter on a Super Bowl winning team and NFL All-Pro selection
  • Fifth overall pick in the 1991 NFL Draft -- highest-drafted defensive back in school history and, to this day, only 11 defensive backs in NFL Draft history have ever been chosen higher
  • Played 12 years in the National Football League for the Los Angeles-St. Louis Rams (1991- 2000) and Detroit Lions (2001-02)
  • Earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors in 1999 and helped St. Louis capture Super Bowl XXXIV
  • Created a series of scholarships at Luke Powers Catholic School in Flint, Michigan, as well as St. Mary’s Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Born in Kwajalein, Marshall Islands


COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Second season as the Notre Dame defensive backs coach in 2016
  • Coached cornerback KeiVarae Russell, who was drafted in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs
  • Russell led all Irish cornerbacks with 60 tackles, three and a half tackles for loss and two forced fumbles despite missing two games to injury
  • Returned to his alma mater following a brief stint as the cornerbacks coach at Vanderbilt University
  • Spent two seasons as a defensive backs assistant coach with the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (2013-14)
  • Part of a defensive coaching staff that helped Philadelphia rank tied for sixth in the NFL with 28 takeaways in 2014, trailing Houston (34), Dallas (31), Buffalo (30), Cleveland (29) and San Francisco (29)
  • Guided an Eagles secondary that registered 12 interceptions, returning a pair for touchdowns, in 2014
  • Aided a defensive unit that helped Philadelphia rank tied for third in the NFL with 31 takeaways in 2013
  • Mentored Eagles’ cornerback Brandon Boykin, who tied for second in the league with a career-best six interceptions in 2013
  • Part of a defensive coaching staff that helped Philadelphia force 59 combined turnovers over his two seasons on staff, which tied for the second-highest total in the NFL in that period
  • Served as an assistant under current Eagles head coach Chip Kelly at the University of Oregon for two years (2011-12)
  • Helped the Ducks capture Rose Bowl and Pacific-12 Conference championships in 2011 and a Fiesta Bowl title in 2012
  • Began coaching career as an assistant at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, worked with the team’s defensive backs and helped the school to back-to-back Nevada state championships in 2009 and 2010


DYNAMIC DISCIPLES

CB KeiVarae Russell (Notre Dame)

  • 2016 NFL Draft Third Round pick (Kansas City Chiefs)

S Nate Allen (Philadelphia Eagles)

  • In 2014 ranked tied for eight in the NFL and tied for fifth in the NFC with four interceptions

CB Brandon Boykin (Philadelphia Eagles)

  • In 2013 ranked tied for second in the NFL with six interceptions and third in interception return yards with 136
  • In 2013 registered 17 passes defended and two forced fumbles

DB Eddie Pleasant (Oregon)

  • First-team all-Pacific 12 in 2011
  • In 2011 registered three interceptions, eight pass breakups and 11 passes defended

DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (Oregon)

  • First-team all-Pacific 12 in 2012
  • In 2012 registered four interceptions, 16 pass breakups and 20 passes defended

Todd Lyght
Todd  Lyght

Position:
Pat and Jana Eilers Family Defensive Backs Coach

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September 2
3:30 PM
Temple
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
September 9
7:30 PM
Georgia
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
September 16
TBA
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass.

TBA
September 23
TBA
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich.

TBA
September 30
5:00 PM
Miami Ohio
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBCSN
October 7
TBA
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C.

TBA
October 21
7:30 PM
USC
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
October 28
3:30 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
November 4
3:30 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
November 11
TBA
Miami Fla.
Miami Gardens, Fla.

TBA
November 18
3:30 PM
Navy
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
November 25
TBA
Stanford
Stanford, Calif.

TBA

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