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THREE IRISH PLAYERS DRAFTED ON DAY THREE OF THE 2014 NFL DRAFT

May 10, 2014
HOOSIER SPORTS 365



NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Former University of Notre Dame linebacker Prince Shembo was
selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth round (139th overall), cornerback
Bennett Jackson was taken by the New York Giants in the sixth round (187th overall)
and wide receiver TJ Jones was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round
(189th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. The trio gives the Irish eight draft picks
for the first time since 1994 when Notre Dame had 10 players selected.

Notre Dame’s eight selections in the top 200 picks of the NFL Draft were only
equaled by Alabama and LSU. With Shembo and Jackson getting drafted, the starting
defense that led the Irish to the 2013 BCS National Championship game has seen eight
starters drafted over the last two seasons.

Shembo saw action in 51 games and started 35 over his career. He registered 145
tackles, 71 solo stops and 24.5 tackles for loss, including 19.5 sacks. Shembo’s
19.5 career sacks ranks tied for sixth in school history. He was the fourth Notre
Dame player to ever register three or more sacks in multiple games – joining Justin
Tuck, Victor Abiamiri and Bert Berry.


Shembo started each of the last 26 games of for the Irish. In 2013, he registered 48
tackles, 26 solo stops, 5.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss. Shembo added a forced
fumble and recorded a team-best 17 quarterback hurries. His 17 quarterback hurries
are the most by an Irish player since 2004 (when the stat started to be consistently
recorded). Shembo did not register a sack over Notre Dame’s first five games, but
exploded for three in the victory over Arizona State (Oct. 5), which tied for the
seventh-most by an FBS player in a single game in '13. Shembo had 51 tackles, 10.5
for loss and 7.5 sacks as a junior in 2012.

Jackson played in all 52 games over his career and started all 26 games in 2012 and
2013. He finished his career with 157 tackles, 106 solo stops, 13 passes defended,
6.5 tackles for loss, six interceptions, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble
recovery. Jackson also added 32 career kick returns for 677 yards.

Jackson, a tri-captain as a senior, started all 13 games at cornerback in 2013. He
led the Irish secondary, and ranked fourth overall, with 64 tackles. Jackson tied
for second on the team with two interceptions. He also recorded 5.0 tackles for
loss, one sack, three pass breakups and a forced fumble. Jackson intercepted a pass,
broke up another, and made three tackles at Stanford (Nov. 30). He collected a
fourth-quarter, 34-yard interception return for a touchdown that helped ensure Notre
Dame’s win at Purdue (Sept. 14).

Jackson and second-round NFL Draft pick Troy Niklas continue a trend that has
followed Irish head coach Brian Kelly at his previous coaching stops at Central
Michigan and Cincinnati. Jackson and Niklas joined the Notre Dame program as a wide
receiver and linebacker, respectively. Jackson played one season (2010) as a wideout
before Kelly and the Irish staff felt his future was at cornerback. Niklas played in
12 games as a reserve in 2011. He totaled 20 tackles, including eight solo stops.
Thus, Jackson and Niklas join the likes of Joe Staley from Central Michigan, as well
as Jason Kelce and Connor Barwin from Cincinnati. All five opened their respective
careers under Kelly at one position before ultimately getting drafted into the NFL
at another position. Staley was a first-round choice in 2007, while Barwin (2009)
and Niklas (2014) were second-round picks and Kelce (2011) and Jackson (2014) were
sixth-round selections.

Jones, tri-captain and Monogram Club MVP as a senior in 2013, played in 51 games and
started 37. He finished his career with 181 catches for 2,429 yards and 19
touchdowns, which ranks second, sixth and tied for sixth, respectively, in school
history. Jones is one of six wideouts in school history with at least 150
receptions, 2,000 receiving yards and 15 touchdown grabs.

Jones led the Irish in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in 2013.
He was the seventh wide out in school history to surpass 1,000 yards receiving in a
single season. His 70 catches, 1,108 yards and nine touchdown catches rank seventh,
seventh and tied for ninth, respectively, in single-season school history. Jones
recorded 100-yard receiving games on five different occasions in 2013 - tied for the
fourth-most in school history. He also registered a touchdown grab in seven
consecutive games during one stretch of the season, which is the second-longest
streak in school history.


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SHEMBO’S PLACE IN THE IRISH RECORD BOOKS

·       Single-Game Sacks (Oct. 5, 2013 vs. Arizona State, 3.0, t-5th)

·       Single-Game Sacks (Nov. 10, 2012 at Boston College, 3.0, t-5th)

·       Career Sacks (2010-13, 19.5, t-6th)

SHEMBO’S HONORS & AWARDS

·       Participated in the 2014 East-West Shrine Game

·       Notre Dame Defensive Player of the Year (2013)

·       Bednarik Award Watch List (2013)

·       Butkus Award Watch List (2013)

·       Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List (2013)

·       College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Linebacker (10.7.13)

·       College Football Performance Awards National Defensive Performer of the Week
(11.11.12)

·       College Football Performance Awards National Defensive Lineman of the Week
(11.11.12)

·       FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Week (11.11.12)

SHEMBO’S CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 9, at Michigan State, Sept. 15, 2012 (3-6)
Sacks: 3.0, at Boston College, Nov. 10, 2012 (3-0); vs. Arizona State, Oct. 5, 2013
(3-0)
Tackles for loss: 4.0, at Boston College, Nov. 10, 2012 (4-0)
Fumbles forced: 1, at Pittsburgh, Nov. 9, 2013; at Boston College, Oct. 2, 2010
Fumbles recovered: 1, at Boston College, Nov. 10, 2012
Pass breakups: 1, Pittsburgh, Nov. 3, 2012

JONES’ PLACE IN THE IRISH RECORD BOOKS
·       Single-Season 100-Yard Receiving Games (2013, 5, t-4th)
·       Single-Season Receiving Yards (2013, 1,108, 7th)
·       Single-Season Receptions (2013, 70, 7th)
·       Single-Season Receiving Touchdowns (2013, 9, t-9th)
·       Career Receptions (2010-13, 181, 2nd)
·       Career Receiving Yards (2010-13, 2,429, 6th)
·       Career Receiving Touchdowns (2010-13, 19, t-6th)
·       Career 100-Yard Receiving Games (2010-13, 5, t-9th)

JONES’ HONORS & AWARDS
·       Notre Dame Most Valuable Player (2013)
·       Notre Dame Tri-Captain (2013)
·       Biletnikoff Watch List (2013, 2012, 2011)
·       College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Wide Receiver (11.10.13)

JONES’ CAREER HIGHS
Points scored: 12, at Pittsburgh, Nov. 9, 2013
Touchdowns: 2, at Pittsburgh, Nov. 9, 2013
Rush attempts: 4, vs Rutgers, Dec. 28, 2013
Rush yards: 41, at Pittsburgh, Nov. 9, 2013 (3 carries)
Rush TDs: 1, at Pittsburgh, Nov. 9, 2013 ; vs Rutgers, Dec 28, 2013
Long rush: 35, at Pittsburgh, Nov. 9, 2013
Receptions: 9, at Michigan, Sept. 7, 2013
Receiving yards: 149, at Pittsburgh, Nov. 9, 2013 (6 receptions)
Receiving TDs: 1, 19 times
Long reception: 80, at Pittsburgh, Nov. 9, 2013
Total offense attempts: 4, vs. Rutgers, Dec. 28, 2013 (4 rush,0 pass)
Total offense yards: 41, at Pittsburgh, Nov. 9, 2013 (41 rush,0 pass)
All-purpose yards: 204, at Pittsburgh, Nov. 9, 2013
Punt returns: 3, Temple, Aug. 31, 2013
Punt return yards: 27, vs. Arizona State, Oct. 5, 2013 (1 returns)
Long punt return: 27, vs. Arizona State, Oct. 5, 2013
Tackles: 1, at Wake Forest, Nov. 5, 2011 (1-0); BYU, Nov. 23, 2013 (0-1)

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JACKSON’S PLACE IN THE IRISH RECORD BOOKS
·       Single-Game Kickoff Returns (Oct. 23, 2010 vs. Navy, 6, t-3rd)
·       Single-Game Kickoff Returns (Oct. 30, 2010 vs. Tulsa, 6, t-3rd)
·       Single-Season Kickoff Returns (2010, 29, 5th)
·       Single-Season Kickoff Return Yards (2010, 645, 6th)

JACKSON’S HONORS & AWARDS
·       Bednarik Award Watch List (2013)
·       Notre Dame Tri-Captain (2013)
·       Participated in the 2014 East-West Shrine Game
·       College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Defensive Back (9.16.13)
·       College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Defensive Back (9.9.12)
·       FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Week (9.10.12)

JACKSON’S CAREER HIGHS
Points scored: 6, at Purdue, Sept. 14, 2013
Touchdowns: 1, at Purdue, Sept. 14, 2013
Rush attempts: 1, Tulsa, Oct. 30, 2010
Rush yards: 20, Tulsa, Oct. 30, 2010 (1 carry)
Long rush: 20, Tulsa, Oct. 30, 2010
Total offense attempts: 1, Tulsa, Oct. 30, 2010 (1 rush, 0 pass)
Total offense yards: 20, Tulsa, Oct. 30, 2010 (20 rush, 0 pass)
All-purpose yards: 146, Tulsa, Oct. 30, 2010
Kick returns: 6, at Navy, Oct. 23, 2010; Tulsa, Oct. 30, 2010
Kick return yards: 126, Tulsa, Oct. 30, 2010 (6 returns)
Long kick return: 43, at Boston College, Oct. 2, 2010
Interceptions: 2, Purdue, Sept. 8, 2012
Long interception return: 36, Purdue, Sept. 8, 2012
Tackles: 9, at Michigan, Sept. 7, 2013 (6-3); Michigan, Sept. 22, 2012 (6-3)
Tackles for loss: 2.0, Oklahoma, Sept. 28, 2013 (2-0)
Fumbles forced: 1, vs Arizona State, Oct. 5, 2013
Fumbles recovered: 1, Michigan, Sept. 22, 2012
Pass breakups: 2, at Boston College, Nov. 10, 2012


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