UND Roster

2015-16 Football Roster

#9 Jaylon Smith


Height 6'2''
Weight 240 lbs.
Class Junior
Hometown Fort Wayne, IN
High School Bishop Luers

Candidate: All-American, Butkus Award, Lott IMPACT Award

Points scored: 6, Stanford, Oct. 4, 2014; at Air Force, Oct. 26, 2013


Single-Season Tackles by Freshman (2013, 63, 3rd)


Associated Press Second Team All-American (2014)

Notre Dame Defensive Player of the Year (2014)

Bednarik Award Semifinalist (2014)

Bednarik Award Watch List (2014)

Butkus Award Finalist (2014)

Butkus Award Semifinalist (2014)

Butkus Award Watch List (2014)

Nagurski Trophy Watch List (2014)

Lombardi Award Watch List (2014)

Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List (2014)

Sports Illustrated Midseason Second Team All-American (2014)

Sports Illustrated Preseason Second Team All-American (2014)

CBSSports.com Preseason Second Team All-American (2014)

Athlon Sports Preseason Third Team All-American (2014)

Phil Steele Preseason Third Team All-American (2014)

Notre Dame Defensive Newcomer of the Year (2013)

Lott IMPACT Trophy Player of the Week (9.9.2014)

Lott IMPACT Trophy Player of the Week (10.7.2014)

College Sports Madness Independent Defensive Player of the Week (10.27.13)


All-purpose yards: -1, USC, Oct. 19, 2013

Interceptions: 1, USC, Oct. 19, 2013

Tackles: 14, at USC, Nov 29, 2014 (6-8); Stanford, Oct. 4, 2014 (7-7)

Sacks: 1.0, at USC, Nov 29, 2014 (1-0); Stanford, Oct. 4, 2014 (1-0); vs. Purdue, Sept. 13, 2014 (1-0)

Tackles for loss: 2.5, Stanford, Oct. 4, 2014 (2-0)

Fumbles forced: 1, Northwestern, Nov. 15, 2014; vs. Arizona State, Oct. 5, 2013

Fumbles recovered: 1, at Air Force, Oct. 26, 2013

Pass breakups: 1, five times, last at USC, Nov. 29, 2014

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2014): Played in and started all 13 games … one of three Irish defensive players to start all 13 games (Isaac Rochell and Cole Luke) … led the Irish in total tackles (112), solo tackles (65) and assisted tackles (47) … led the Irish with nine tackles for loss … tied for second on the team with three and a half sacks … forced a fumble, recorded two PBUs and registered seven quarterback hurries … spent season at a new position … reached the double-digit tackle barrier on four separate occasions, including each of the last three games of the regular season … collected at least 10 tackles in three consecutive games … last Irish player with 10 or more tackles in three straight games was Manti Te’o in 2012 (had 10+ tackles in four straight games) … first Irish player to record 100 tackles in a season since Manti Te’o had 113 in 2012 … first Irish sophomore to record 100 tackles in a season since Manti Te’o had 133 in 2010 … recorded three solo tackles, including one for loss, against Rice (Aug. 30) … registered a team-high 10 tackles, including one for loss, in the 31-0 rout over Michigan (Sept. 6) … reached the 10-tackle plateau for the first time this season and second time in his career … registered nine tackles, including eight solo stops, in the 30-14 victory over Purdue (Sept. 13) … added two tackles for loss and one sack (the first of his career) against the Boilermakers … recorded nine tackles, including five solo stops, and a quarterback hurry in the 31-15 victory over Syracuse (Sept. 27) … named the Lott IMPACT Trophy’s Player of the Week for his efforts in the 17-14 win over No. 14 Stanford (Oct. 4) … made a career-high 14 tackles against the Cardinal with 2.5 tackles for loss, including a sack … stopped four Tar Heels and credited with a pass pressure in the win over North Carolina (Oct. 11) … had four stops at No. 2 Florida State and forced a Jameis Winston hurry … all four tackles against the Seminoles were solos … collected six tackles in the 49-39 victory over Navy (Nov. 1) … recorded eight tackles, all solo, in the loss at No. 11 Arizona State (Nov. 8) … registered 10 tackles, a forced fumble and QB hurry vs. Northwestern (Nov. 15) … led the Irish with 11 tackles against Louisville (Nov. 22) … also had a TFL, pass break up and two forced hurries against the Cardinals … equaled his career high of 14 tackles at USC (Nov. 29) … registered nine tackles, including five solo stops, half a sack and one quarterback hurry in the 31-28 Music City Bowl victory over No. 22 LSU (Dec. 30).

FRESHMAN SEASON (2013): Started all 13 games at outside linebacker … became the first Notre Dame freshman linebacker to start a season opener since Kory Minor in 1995 … ranked third on the squad with 67 total tackles, including 41 solo stops … second on the team with 6.5 tackles for loss … added one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one interception, one quarterback hurry and three pass breakups … his 67 tackles are the third most ever by an Irish freshman and most since Bob Golic set the rookie record with 82 in 1975 … registered six tackles, three solo stops, in the 29-16 victory over Rutgers in the 2013 New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 28) … recorded a career-best 11 tackles, including one for loss, against Pittsburgh (Nov. 9) … credited with his first career forced fumble against Arizona State (Oct. 5) and registered nine tackles, including one and a half for loss … recorded a tackle for loss in five consecutive games Arizona State (Oct. 5) through Pittsburgh (Nov. 9) … registered first career interception in the victory over USC (Oct. 19) … made eight tackles, one for loss and picked up a fumble recovery at Air Force (Oct. 26) … 2012 Heisman Trophy runner-up and unanimous All-American Manti Te’o needed 39 career games at Notre Dame to record an interception, fumble recovery and forced fumble … Smith accomplished the same feat by his eighth career game … collected seven tackles against Oklahoma (Sept. 28).

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Winner of 2012 Butkus Award presented by Pro Football Weekly to top high school linebacker in the country … first-team linebacker on the Parade prep All-America squad … first-team USA Today All-USA high school All-American … finalist for American Family Insurance All-USA Defensive Player of the Year … first-team linebacker on prep All-America team for 2013 selected by 247Sports … Indiana Mr. Football award winner for 2012 season, receiving more than twice as many votes as the runner-up … rated top player in Indiana on Detroit Free Press Best in the Midwest ratings … ranked seventh player nationally on ESPN 300 list … ranked 18th on MaxPreps/Tom Lemming Top100 list … ranked fifth on 247Sports list of top 247 players … rated third on Rivals 250 list … ranked first on Rivals.com list of outside linebackers … ranked third overall and first among outside linebackers on Scout 300 by Scout.com … helped Bishop Luers to four straight Indiana Class 2A state titles as linebacker and running back … first-team linebacker on Associated Press Indiana Class 2A all-state team as senior … member of 2012 Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 all-state squad … named to that same team as a junior in 2011 at running back … first-team linebacker on Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette all-star team for 2012 … helped Bishop Luers to 40-28 win over Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter in 2012 Indiana 2A title game while rushing for 150 yards and scoring three TDs … rushed for 147 yards and added nine tackles and a sack in state semifinal win over Andrean … helped Knights to 11-4 mark in 2012 as Bishop Luers became first Indiana 2A school to win four straight state titles … finished with 1,265 rushing yards and 18 TDs on 176 attempts as a senior in 2012 to go with 10 receptions for 66 yards and two more TDs–and added 72 tackles (43 solo), 19.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and seven pass deflections on defense … won Euell A. Wilson Award as top senior player in Summit Athletic Conference in 2012 … rushed 168 times for 1,319 yards and 25 TDs as a junior in 2011 to go with 17 catches for 191 yards and four TDs … made 51 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, eight sacks, one interception and two fumble recoveries as junior in 2011 … three-time first-team all-state selection … played basketball at Bishop Luers as a freshman, sophomore and junior–including one season with former Ohio State star Deshaun Thomas … selected for U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, was named team captain for West squad and made four tackles, shared a tackle for a loss and blocked a field-goal attempt as a starter at linebacker … played for coach Steve Keefer … son of Roger Smith and Sophia Woodsen … enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters, majoring in film, television and theatre.

Smith’s Career Statistics

2013 13-13 67 41 26 6.5-22 0 1 1 2 1-1
2014 13-13 112 65 47 9.0-40 3.5-30 1 0 3 0-0
Total 26-26 179 106 73 15.5-62 3.5-30 2 1 5 1-1