Danny Spond


Jaylon Smith, for all he accomplished in 2013, is still a freshman. This is the first spring practice he's gone through at the college level.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — In the days after Notre Dame's win over Arizona State, a thought came to freshman linebacker Jaylon Smith: Hey, maybe wearing Danny Spond's No.


If it's not a unique scenario, it's certainly a rare one.


The list of injured Notre Dame players grew longer after Saturday's 38-34 win over Navy, with defensive lineman Kona Schwenke (ankle) lost for next week and linebacker Ben Councell (knee) out for


DENVER — Danny Spond circled Oct. 26 on his calendar, making a note of Notre Dame's game against Air Force about an hour south of his hometown of Littleton, Colo.