#36 Cole Luke
LUKE’S PLACE IN THE IRISH RECORD BOOKS:
Single-Season Passes Broken Up (2014, 11, t-3rd)
Career-Season Passes Broken Up (2013-, 18, t-10th)
LUKE’S HONORS AND AWARDS:
Athlon National Defensive Player of the Week (10.5.2014)
FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Week (10.6.2014)
College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Defensive Back of the Week(10.6.2014)
College Sports Madness Independent Defensive Player of the Week (10.6.2014)
Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week Honorable Mention (10.8.2014)
LUKE’S CAREER HIGHS:
All-purpose yards: 16, Northwestern, Nov. 15, 2014
Interceptions: 2, Stanford, Oct. 4, 2014
Long interception return: 16, Northwestern, Nov. 15, 2014
Tackles: 7, Northwestern, Nov. 15, 2014 (5-2)
Sacks: 1.0, Stanford, Oct. 4, 2014 (1-0)
Tackles for loss: 1.0,3x, UMass, Sep. 26, 2015 (1-0)
Fumbles forced: 1, Northwestern, Nov. 15, 2014
Pass breakups: 3, at Arizona State, Nov. 8, 2014
JUNIOR SEASON (2015): Holds more career starts (26) than any other player on the Notre Dame roster…started at cornerback in all 13 games…ninth on the Irish in tackles (41)…ninth on the team in solo tackles (29)…tied for the team lead with two interceptions…led the Irish with five pass breakups and seven passes defended…added a tackle for loss and quarterback hurry…one of two returning players and the only on defense to start all 13 games…has started 26 consecutive games — the longest streak of any player on the Notre Dame roster…registered five tackles, three solo, and two pass breakups in the victory at Virginia (Sept. 12)…collected four tackles, three solo, one tackle for loss and an interception in the rout of UMass (Sept. 26)…recorded a season-high six tackles against USC (Oct. 17) and Ohio State (Jan. 1)…picked off quarterback Deshaun Watson in the narrow loss at Clemson (Oct. 3)…registered four tackles, a quarterback hurry and a pass breakup in the victory at Pittsburgh (Nov. 7).
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2014): Started at cornerback in all 13 games … sixth on the Irish in tackles (48) … sixth on the team in solo tackles (33) … tied for the team lead with four interceptions … led the Irish with 11 pass breakups and 15 passes defended … collected the most PBUs in a single season by a Notre Dame player since Raeshon McNeil in 2008 (11) … an Irish player has not registered more than 11 PBUs since Dave Waymer had 12 in 1978 … tied for 20th in the FBS with 15 passes defended … one of 11 players in the FBS with at least 11 PBUs and four interceptions … forced two fumbles, collected a pair of TFLs and one sack … one of five Irish players who made his first career start in the season-opening victory over Rice (Aug. 30) … collected two solo tackles and one pass breakup against the Owls … recorded three tackles in the 31-0 rout of the Wolverines (Sept. 6) … registered three tackles, including two solo stops, in the 30-14 victory over Purdue (Sept. 13) … recorded a season-high five tackles, including four solo stops, and one pass breakup in the 31-15 victory over Syracuse (Sept. 27) … rebounded from a difficult game against Syracuse with his best career performance vs. No. 14 Stanford (Oct. 4) … picked off two passes, the first two of his career, added a sack, forced fumble, pass breakup and four tackles in the 17-14 victory over the Cardinal … registered four tackles, a pass breakup and one interception in the 50-43 victory over North Carolina (Oct. 11) … the interception halted a potential Tar Heel scoring drive (Notre Dame scored on the ensuing possession to open a 14-point fourth-quarter lead) … started and made six tackles at No. 2 Florida State (Oct. 18) … also broke up a Jameis Winston pass against the Seminoles … did not register any statistics in the 49-39 victory over Navy (Nov. 1) … credited with three pass break-ups in the loss at No. 11 Arizona State (Nov. 8) … also made three solo tackles against the Sun Devils … registered a career-high seven tackles, including one TFL, forced a fumble and intercepted a pass against Northwestern (Nov. 15) … broke up two passes and made three solo tackles against Louisville (Nov. 22) … registered six tackles and collected a PBU at USC (Nov. 29) … picked up a pair of solo tackles in the 31-28 Music City Bowl victory over No. 22 LSU (Dec. 30).
FRESHMAN SEASON (2013): Saw action in all 13 games … made 15 tackles on the year, eight of them solo … split a tackle for loss and broke up two passes in coverage … posted a half of a tackle for loss and a pass breakup against Navy (Nov. 2) … had a season-best six tackles at Air Force (Oct. 26) … contributed three tackles to the win over No. 22 Arizona State (Oct. 5) … had a pair of solo stops and a PBU at Purdue (Sept. 14) … made a tackle in his collegiate debut against Temple (Aug. 31).
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Second-team cornerback on prep All-America team for 2013 selected by 247Sports … first-team defensive back on Arizona Football Coaches Association 2012 Arizona all-state squad … first-team defensive back on All-Arizona squad by Phoenix Gazette … also a first-team defensive back on AZFCA Division I all-state team for 2012 … helped Hamilton High School team in Chandler, Arizona, rebound from 0-2 start to 31 16 win over Phoenix Mountain Pointe in Arizona Division I 2012 state title game for final 12-2 record … East Valley Tribune two-time All-Tribune selection as defensive back … ranked 77th on 247Sports list of top 247 players … rated 133rd on Rivals 250 list … ranked ninth on Rivals.com list of cornerbacks … ranked 185th overall and 21st among cornerbacks on Scout 300 by Scout.com … also a dangerous punt returner … as a junior in 2011 made 63 tackles, broke up 12 passes and returned all three of his interceptions for TDs … his Hamilton team fell to Desert Vista in 2011 Arizona Division I title game … chosen for Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl and broke up one pass for West squad … high school head coach was former Notre Dame quarterback Steve Belles (1986-89), who has coached five Hamilton teams to Arizona state titles … his Hamilton team played against Sherman Oaks (California) in Dublin the same weekend the Irish played Navy in 2012 … uncle is former Dallas Cowboy safety Darren Woodson … son of Herb Watkins and Monica Luke … enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in information technologies management.