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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 10:00 pm

Jaylon Smith returns to Notre Dame

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Former Bishop Luers star and current Dallas Cowboy Jaylon Smith will be on Notre Dame's campus in South Bend on both Friday and Saturday signing autographs.

Smith, who was a two-time All-American at linebacker with the Irish from 2013-15, will be at Hammes Bookstore starting at 4 p.m. Friday, signing until 5 in the run-up to the unveiling of The Shirt 2018. Smith and coach Brian Kelly will reveal this year's edition of The Shirt together at 6 p.m. 

The Shirt will be available for purchase for $18 each after the unveiling, and students at Notre Dame will get 15 percent off the purchase. This will be the 30th year for The Shirt, the proceeds from which go to the Student Experience Fund at Notre Dame. Over the first 29 iterations of the project, more than $11 million has been raised from more than 2.5 million shirts, according to Notre Dame's website.

Smith will be signing autographs again on Saturday, this time at the Leep Varsity Shop from 11 a.m. to noon. Those who visit can take a selfie with the 2016 second-round pick.

Smith started six games for the Cowboys last season and played in all 16, recording 81 tackles and a sack. While he was at Notre Dame, he won the Dick Butkus Award, given annually to the nation's top linebacker. Smith won the same award in his senior season at Luers and was also named Indiana's Mr. Football for 2012.

dsinn@jg.net