UND Roster

2015-16 Football Roster

#38 Joe Schmidt


Height 6'5''
Weight 235 lbs.
Class Fifth Year
Hometown Orange, CA
High School Mater Dei


Notre Dame Most Valuable Player (2014)

AFCA Good Works Team Nominee (2014)

Danny Wuerffel Trophy Nominee (2014)

Eugene D. Fanning Award in Business Communication (2014)

College Sports Madness Independent Defensive Player of the Week (10.19.2014)

College Sports Madness Independent Defensive Player of the Week (10.12.2014)

FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Week (10.12.2014)

College Sports Madness Independent Defensive Player of the Week (9.15.2014)


Interceptions: 1, at Florida State, Oct. 18, 2014; vs. Purdue, Sept. 13, 2014

Tackles: 11, North Carolina, Oct. 11, 2014 (8-3)

Tackles for loss: 1.0, at Pittsburgh, Nov. 9, 2013 (1-0); BYU, Nov. 23, 2013 (1-0)

Fumbles forced: 1, Michigan, Sept. 6, 2014; North Carolina, Oct. 11, 2014

Pass breakups: 1, USC, Oct. 19, 2013; North Carolina, Oct. 11, 2014

SENIOR SEASON (2014): Started at linebacker in each of the first eight games of the season … led the Irish in tackles (65) and solo tackles (42) at the time of a season-ending injury suffered at Navy (Nov. 1) … one of four Irish players who made his first career start in the season-opening victory over Rice (Aug. 30) … recorded a team-high eight tackles, including four solo stops, against the Owls … registered seven tackles and forced a fumble in the 31-0 rout of Michigan (Sept. 6) … equaled his career high of eight tackles in the 30-14 victory over Purdue (Sept. 13) … added his first career interception late in the fourth quarter … collected seven tackles, including five solo stops, in the 31-15 victory over Syracuse (Sept. 27) … contributed seven tackles and two quarterback hurries in the 17-14 win over Stanford (Oct. 4) … led Notre Dame with both 11 tackles and eight solo tackles against North Carolina (Oct. 11) … against the Tar Heels, also had a half of a tackle for loss, forced a fumble, broke up a pass and registered a forced hurry … topped Notre Dame with nine tackles, eight of them solo stops, at No. 2 Florida State … intercepted a Jameis Winston pass (second pick of the season) that set up an Irish touchdown … registered eight tackles, including four solo stops, in the 49-39 victory over Navy … suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the second quarter of the victory over the Midshipmen.

JUNIOR SEASON (2013): Saw action in all 13 games … registered 15 total tackles, including 10 solo stops, and two tackles for loss … registered a career-best three tackles in the victory over Temple (Aug. 31) … had a tackle and critical fourth-quarter pass breakup in the victory over USC (Oct. 19) … collected two tackles against Michigan (Sept. 7), Air Force (Oct. 26) and BYU (Nov. 23) … had a tackle for loss (18 yards) at Pittsburgh (Nov. 9).

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2012): Made appearances primarily on special teams in final 10 games … credited with six total tackles, including two assisted stops at USC (Nov. 24).

FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Did not see any game action.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Three-year letterwinner at Mater Dei High School … three-year starter at middle linebacker … recorded 229 career tackles … helped lead Mater Dei to three straight appearances in the CIF Southern Section Playoffs … as a senior captain in `10, helped lead Mater Dei to the CIF semifinals, including a victory over national powerhouse Long Beach Poly High School … registered 98 total tackles, including 72 unassisted stops, 10 tackles for loss and six and a half sacks as a senior … named all-CIF Southern Conference in 2010 … earned all-state nomination, all-CIF Southern Section first team as well as first-team honors from the prestigious Trinity League … named to second team all-orange county … named team MVP and received 2010 Monarch of the Year Award as a senior on a team that included prep standouts and current USC players Max Wittek and Victor Blackwell … received award from National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame in recognition for outstanding achievements both on the field and in the classroom … awarded the prestigious 2010 Man of the Year Award for all Mater Dei High School students for his achievements in athletics, academics and extracurricular activities … attended same high school as former Notre Dame great and 1964 Heisman Trophy winner John Huarte … attended only high school in the country with two former players being awarded the Heisman Trophy (Matt Leinart, USC) … played Pop Warner football with former Notre Dame TE Troy Niklas … son of Joseph and Debra Schmidt … father, Joseph II, was football captain and safety at the University of San Diego … sister, Catherine, was a 2006 Notre Dame graduate and competed for the Irish track and field program … sister, Mary Grace, played for the Texas A&M women’s soccer team prior to graduation in 2013 … brother-in-law, Greg Lopez, was a 2006 Notre Dame graduate and captain of the Irish baseball team … graduated May, 2015, with a degree inmanagement-entrepreneurship from the Mendoza College of Business.

Schmidt’s Career Statistics

2011 Did Not Play
2012 10-0 6 2 4 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0
2013 13-0 15 10 5 2.0-19 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0
2014 8-8 65 42 23 0.5-0 0.0-0 2 0-0 0-0
TOTALS 31-8 86 54 32 2.5-19 0.0-0 2 0-0 0-0