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Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith Named WK 2 Lott IMPACT Player of the Week
- Updated: September 15, 2015
NEWPORT BEACH, Ca. – Notre Dame linebacker has been named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week. The 6-2, 240-pound junior from Fort Wayne, Indiana led the Irish with 11 tackles, including 2 ½ for losses in Saturday’s win over Virginia, 34-27. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has called Smith the best defensive player he has ever coached.
In recognition of Smith’s performance, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, sponsors of the Lott IMPACT Trophy, will make a $1,000 donation to the general scholarship fund at Notre Dame.
Bob Kollars wrote on the Notre Dame website: “In the day and age where integrity and hard work rarely coincide with national acknowledgment and results, Jaylon Smith exudes all of the above, and is a refreshing reminder that one can be great on the field, and off the field at the same time.”
Smith was the Notre Dame Defensive Player of the Year last season and a nominee for the Lott IMPACT Trophy.
Other notable performances by players on the Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List were:
Joe Bolden, LB, Michigan: Recovered a fumble and returned it 18 yards, led team with 7 tackles in 35-7 win over Oregon State.
Jonathan Jones, CB, Auburn: Forced a fumble, broke up two passes and had seven tackles in 27-20 overtime win against Jacksonville State.
Blake Martinez, LB, Stanford: Led team with 8 tackles, broke up two passes, had an interception in win over UCF, 38-7.
Viliami Moeakiola, LB, Arizona State: Had 3 tackles for losses and total of 11 tackles in 35-21 win over Cal Poly.
Robert Nkemediche, DE, Ole Miss: Scored his second touchdown of the season on a 1-yard run while adding 4 tackles, including 1 ½ for losses.
Jared Norris, LB, Utah: Had team high 10 tackles in win over Utah State, 24-14.
Joshua Perry, LB, Ohio State: Had a team high 7 tackles with a sack in shutout over Hawaii, 38-0.
Weston Steelhammer, S, Air Force: Had 3 tackles for losses, an interception, a sack and 5 tackles in win over San Jose State, 37-16.
2015 Winners of the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week
Week 1 – Calvin Munson, San Diego State
Week 2 – Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame