UND Roster

2018-19 Football Roster

#27 Julian Love


Height 5'11''
Weight 193 lbs.
Class Junior
Hometown Westchester, IL
High School Nazareth


  • Notre Dame career leader in pass break-ups
  • Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List (2018)
  • Jim Thorpe Award Watch List (2018)
  • Sports Illustrated Second Team All-American (2017)
  • 247 Sports Freshman All-American (2016)


  • Finalist (one of three) for Jim Thorpe Award; Midseason All-America by ESPN.com (first team), Sports Illustrated (first team), Associated Press (first team), The Athletic (second team) and Pro Football Focus (honorable mention) while earning spot on Nagurski Trophy Watch List
  • Broke the Notre Dame record for career pass break-ups against Stanford while leading team in the category this season with 15
  • Had a fumble return for a TD against Virginia Tech, while adding a late interception in win over the 24th-ranked Hokies
  • Has started all 12 games, making 61 total tackles with 3.0 TFLs a QB hurry and three fumble recoveries (one of 16 players in FBS with 3+ recoveries)
  • Set a season high with 12 total tackles in the road win over USC


  • Played in and started all 13 games
  • Registered 68 tackles, including 45 solo stops
  • Fifth on the team in total tackles, and tops among any non-linebacker
  • Second on the team in solo tackles
  • Led team in passes defended (23), PBUs (20), interceptions (three) and interception-return yards (153)
  • Registered a school-record 20 PBUs, which shattered the previous school record of 13 set by Clarence Ellis in 1969
  • The 20 PBUs from last year alone would have ranked tied for ninth in career Irish history
  • Eighth player in school history to return two interceptions for touchdowns in a season
  • 153 interception-return yards ranks second in single-season school history
  • Second in the FBS in pass breakups (20), passes defended (23) and passes defended/gm (1.77)
  • First FBS underclassmen (freshman or sophomore) to average more than 1.77 passes defended/game since Aqib Talib, Kansas, 2006 (2.8)
  • Registered at least two PBUs in six different games, including four games with at least three PBUs
  • Recorded six tackles with a 59-yard interception return for TD and one PBU at Michigan State (Sept. 23)
  • Collected six tackles and two PBUs in the victory at North Carolina (Oct. 7)
  • Posted three PBUs, two tackles and a 69-yard interception return for TD against NC State (Oct. 28)
  • Registered three PBUs against both Stanford (Nov. 25) and LSU (Jan. 1)
  • Recorded a career-best 14 tackles, including 10 solo stops, against Navy (Nov. 18)
  • Spearheaded a Notre Dame defense that improved by at least 20 spots in the FBS rankings in third down conversion percentage, interceptions, rushing defense, scoring defense, passing efficiency defense, sacks, tackles for loss and turnovers gained
  • Irish were the last team in the FBS to surrender more than 20 points in a game (Irish allowed 20 points or less over each of their first eight games)
  • Notre Dame allowed only four plays of 40 yards or longer in 2017—the second-fewest of any team in the FBS
  • The Irish allowed only one play of 50 yards or longer in 2017—the second-fewest of any team in the FBS
  • Notre Dame ranked first or second in the FBS in fewest completions allowed of at least 30 yards (second, nine), 40 yards (first, one) and 50 yards (first, zero)
  • The Irish were the only FBS school to yield one or fewer pass plays of 40 yards or longer in 2017


  • Played in all 12 games for the Irish and started the final eight contests of the year
  • One of 10 true freshmen (Troy Pride Jr., Devin Studstill, Donte Vaughn, Jalen Elliott, Julian Okwara, Daelin Hayes, Kevin Stepherson, Chase Claypool and Jamir Jones) who played in at least eight games
  • One of eight true freshmen (Troy Pride Jr., Devin Studstill, Donte Vaughn, Jalen Elliott, Julian Okwara, Daelin Hayes and Jamir Jones) on defense who played in at least eight games
  • One of seven true freshmen (Troy Pride Jr., Devin Studstill, Donte Vaughn, Jalen Elliott, Daelin Hayes and Chase Claypool) to register at least 11 tackles
  • One of four true freshmen (Troy Pride Jr., Devin Studstill and Donte Vaughn) to start on defense
  • One of five freshmen defensive backs (Jalen Elliott, Troy Pride Jr., Devin Studstill and Donte Vaughn) that not only played significant snaps but totaled 131 tackles — the most in Irish single-season history by a rookie class in the secondary
  • Registered 45 tackles, including 32 solo stops
  • Led all freshmen in games started and tackles
  • His 45 tackles rank just outside the top-10 for stops by a freshman in single-season school history
  • Recorded a career-best nine tackles, including seven solo stops, at USC (Nov. 26) to close out the season
  • Had tackles for loss against both Navy (Nov. 5), Army (Nov. 12) and USC (Nov. 26)
  • Recovered a fumble against Stanford (Oct. 15)
  • Forced a fumble in the season finale at USC (Nov. 26)


  • A defensive back prospect from the Chicagoland area
  • Helped Nazareth Academy to a 12-2 record and 2015 Illinois High School Association Class 5A Championship
  • Led Nazareth Academy to a 14-0 record and 2014 Illinois High School Association Class 5A Championship
  • 2015 MaxPreps First Team Medium Schools All-American
  • 2015 Champaign News Gazette All-Illinois First Team
  • 2015 Chicago Tribune All-Illinois First Team
  • 2015 Illinois High School Coaches Association Class 5A All-Illinois First Team
  • Registered 92 tackles, 19 stops for loss, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery for 54 yards as a senior in 2015
  • Rushed for 1,067 yards and 18 TDs on 104 carries (10.3 yards per carry)
  • Caught 29 passes for 662 yards (22.8 yards per reception) and seven TDs
  • Collected 41 tackles, one stop for loss and a 93-yard interception return for TD as a junior in 2014
  • Rushed for 541 yards and eight TDs on 46 carries (11.8 yards per carry), including a pair of 100-yard rushing games and a career-long run of 74 yards
  • Caught 14 passes for 375 yards (26.8 yards per reception) and four TDs, including a season-long grab of 65 yards
  • Returned six kickoffs for 130 yards (21.7 yards per return)
  • Returned 11 punts for 242 yards (22.0 yards per return), including a 73-yard return
  • No. 38-ranked cornerback by Scout.com, No. 35-ranked athlete by ESPN.com, No. 45-ranked cornerback by 247Sports.com and No. 21-ranked cornerback by Rivals.com
  • Illinois’ No. 13-ranked player by 247Sports, No. 10-ranked player by ESPN and No. 4-ranked player by Rivals
  • Played for coach Tim Racki at Nazareth Academy
  • Enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in management consulting