Aug. 18, 2015

Jaylon Smith – Junior – Linebacker

On leadershipââ’¬¦

“One thing with leading is that you want to remain true to yourself. So, for me, standing by my character is something that I always do ââ’¬¦ an overall leadership of the defense of the team is something I’ve taken in hand. Anything we can do to win is something that I’m about.”

On being on the cover of Sports Illustrated and making numerous preseason award watch listsââ’¬¦

“It’s a blessing. It has been an amazing experience being able to represent Notre Dame. (We represent) our full team. Ronnie (Stanley) and me being on the cover of SI was a great experience and definitely something to show our grandchildren.”

On his individual expectationsââ’¬¦

“For me, it isn’t about my performance. I really just want a national championship. It’s all about the team. How can I make others better?”

On the scheduleââ’¬¦

“Any Notre Dame schedule is going to be a tough schedule. We start right off the bat with a night game against Texas. They are a great team and we are looking forward to it. (The schedule) is always going to be a challenge playing here at Notre Dame.”

On expectations for an experienced defenseââ’¬¦

“We understand that this team can be special. It starts every single day in the meeting rooms and on the practice field. Can we hold each other accountable each and every day? Preparation is the key.”