SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WANE) – Bishop Luers graduate Jaylon Smith may be the best defensive player in college football – and he soon may have the hardware to prove it.
On Monday Smith one named one of ten semifinalists for the Butkus Award. The award goes to the country’s top linebacker at the end of the season. Smith won the high school version of the Butkus Award his senior season at Luers.
Smith was also named one of 20 finalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award. It goes to the best defensive player in college football – regardless of position – and the end of the year.
A junior for the Irish, Smith leads Notre Dame with 66 total tackles this season. He has six tackles for loss, one sack, and has forced one fumble.