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Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith Named Wk 2 Lott IMPACT Player of The Week
- Updated: September 9, 2014
Notre Dame Linebacker Jaylon Smith has been named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week.
The 6-2, 230-pound sophomore led the Irish with 10 tackles (one for a loss) in a stunning 31-0 shutout victory over Michigan Saturday. It was the first time Notre Dame had ever held Michigan scoreless in the 126-year history of the rivalry. Michigan gained only 289 yards and less than three yards per rush.
Smith, the No. 1 high school linebacker recruit in the country when he entered Notre Dame, has lofty goals. “I want to be better than Manti,” he said this summer, referring to former Irish All-American Manti Te’o, the 2013 Lott IMPACT Trophy winner.
The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation will make a donation of $1,000 to the general scholarship fund at Notre Dame to recognize Smith’s performance.
Smith is on the Watch List for the annual Lott IMPACT Trophy, which will be presented Dec. 8 in Newport Beach, Ca. The Lott award is the only major college award based on character. IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics and Tenacity.
Listen to Jaylon Smith talk about his performance on Sports USA Radio:
Other Nominees For Week 2:
Bryce Hager (Baylor, LB): Led Bears with 11 tackles (1.5 tackles for loss) in win over Northwestern State, 70-6.
David Helton (Duke, LB): Led team with 15 tackles in win over Troy, 34-17.
Ryan Mueller (Kansas State, DE): In win over Iowa State, 32-28, he had two tackles for losses, two quarterback hurries and five total tackles.
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (Oregon, CB): Had sensational acrobatic interception late in win over Michigan State, 46-27.
Danny Shelton (Washington, DL): Had four sacks and 12 total tackles in 59-52 win over Eastern Washington.
Jared Tevis (Arizona, S): Recorded game high 16 tackles (11 solo, 1.5 for loss) and intercepted a pass late in the game to seal a 26-23 Wildcat victory on the road against Texas-San Antonio.
Leonard Williams (USC, DL): Despite playing with an injury, recorded team high 11 tackles and had one sack as Trojans held Stanford to just one touchdown in 13-10 win.
2014 Lott IMPACT Players of the Week
Week 1 – Erick Kendricks, UCLA
Week 2 – Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame