Harrison Smith

Pos: S // Height: 6-2 // Weight: 214 lbs // Class: 2011 // Hometown: Knoxville, TB (Knoxville Catholic HS)

Harrison Smith


Harrison Smith committed to Notre Dame in the class of 2007 over his hometown Tennessee Volunteers. Smith did not play as a freshman in ’07, but has been a mainstay in the Irish defense since 2008. After an up and down start to his career, Smith settled in at safety in 2010 and enjoyed a breakout season featuring a game sealing interception against USC and a 3 INT performance against Miami in the Sun Bowl. Smith will return in ’11 for a 5th year and Brian Kelly has already named him, along with Michael Floyd, a captain for the 2011 season.

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Harrison Smith's Journey Continues

Harrison Smith’s Journey Continues

From a man without a position to a first round draft pick. The collegiate portion of Harrison Smith’s collegiate career closed on Thursday night when the Minnesota Vikings selected Notre Dame’s standout safety with the 29th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft ending a transformation that started two seasons ago when the Tennessee native finally [...]

Comments (5) // Published: April 29, 2012

The Indispensables - 2011 Edition

The Indispensables – 2011 Edition

With just over two days remaining until the 2011 season kicks off for Notre Dame, we take a look at our yearly pre-season list of the most indispensable players on the Irish roster. I started this column last year and unfortunately Notre Dame lost four of the ten players I listed for a substantial amount [...]

Comments (2) // Published: September 1, 2011

An Early Look at Notre Dame's Top 10 for '11

An Early Look at Notre Dame’s Top 10 for ’11

Last year UHND and several other Notre Dame bloggers ranked the top 25 players on the Irish roster and there are plans for such an exercise again this year, but today we have an early look at the top 10 players on the Irish roster courtesy of Matt Fairchild of SportsCrack.com. Matt may be contributing [...]

Comments (10) // Published: June 24, 2011

Michael Floyd, Harrison Smith Named Captains

Michael Floyd, Harrison Smith Named Captains

In Brian Kelly’s first season at Notre Dame he announced captains on a week by week basis.  In year two, Notre Dame will have the same two captains each week all season long – Michael Floyd and Harrison Smith. After calling all of the seniors on the stage to a standing ovation, Kelly announced that [...]

Comments (14) // Published: January 23, 2011

Everyone Wants to Take the 5th

Everyone Wants to Take the 5th

When Brian Kelly met with the media on Friday to wrap up the 2010 season, he announced that all seniors with eligibility remaining have applied for 5th years.  Other than announcing David Ruffer would be back and be on scholarship this year though, Kelly didn’t have any other answers for who else will be back [...]

Comments (4) // Published: January 22, 2011

Initial Impressions: Notre Dame 33, Miami 17

Initial Impressions: Notre Dame 33, Miami 17

Wow.  What a way to end the season for Notre Dame.  After a surprising three game winning streak to end the season, Notre Dame capped off its last season resurgence with a 33-17 victory over Miami in the Sun Bowl. Notre Dame dominated the game from start to finish with Miami never seriously challenging.  The [...]

Comments (61) // Published: December 31, 2010

Initial Impressions - Notre Dame 20, USC 16

Initial Impressions – Notre Dame 20, USC 16

THE STREAK IS OVER.  Despite losing the turnover battle 4-1 and playing half of the game in a driving rain storm, Notre Dame ended USC’s 8 year winning streak over the Irish and capped off a roller coaster regular season on a high note. I’ll get into my normal post game comments in a bit, [...]

Comments (142) // Published: November 28, 2010

IBG - Southern Cal Edition

IBG – Southern Cal Edition

This week’s Irish Blogger Gathering is brought to us by OC Domer – a Notre Dame blogger subjected to USC much more than most of us.  Be sure to check out his responses to these questions with the link above and see my responses below. 1. Notre Dame played perhaps its best game of the [...]

Comments (34) // Published: November 26, 2010

Initial Impressions – Notre Dame 27, Army 3

Initial Impressions – Notre Dame 27, Army 3

Notre Dame became bowl eligible with a dominating defensive performance in the inaugural football game in Yankee Stadium Saturday night.  The Irish defense led the way for the second week in a row  as Notre Dame rolled to a 27-3 victory. Here are some thoughts on the game. Offense Tommy Rees wasn’t asked to do [...]

Comments (76) // Published: November 21, 2010

An Update on Position Battles

An Update on Position Battles

Here’s a quick update on some position battles that have been going on through camp that are still going on. Kelly said the battle for the backup QB position is still going on between Nate Montana and Tommy Rees.  Freshmen Andrew Hendrix and Luke Massa were sent to the scout team although Kelly made mention [...]

Comments (10) // Published: August 27, 2010

Training Camp '10 - Hughes, Wood, Riddick, & Smith Videos

Training Camp ’10 – Hughes, Wood, Riddick, & Smith Videos

Here are some more videos posted on YouTube from training camp. Cierre Wood wants the ball.  It also sounds like Wood is being prepared for a large role on special teams. Robert Hughes sees opportunities for running backs in the spread. Theo Riddick talks about adjusting to the faster tempo of practice under Brian Kelly. [...]

Comments (4) // Published: August 10, 2010

Kelly's Clipboard - Notes from 8/9

Kelly’s Clipboard – Notes from 8/9

Head coach Brian Kelly spoke with the media after Monday’s practice.  Here are some highlights from what he had to say. Duval Kamara was back at practice on Monday after a holdup with some paperwork.  Kelly didn’t get into any details about it other than saying that Kamara was back. Tight end Kyle Rudolph didn’t [...]

Comments (9) // Published: August 10, 2010

Ranking the Irish - #20-16

Ranking the Irish – #20-16

Last night I posted the first in a series of posts outlining the top 25 players on the Notre Dame roster for 2010.   The series is being compiled by Inside the Irish over on NBCSports.com by Keith Arnold with input from several ND blogs including UHND.   This morning I give you the next set of [...]

Comments (10) // Published: July 15, 2010

12 Players to Watch This Spring

12 Players to Watch This Spring

Notre Dame kicks off the first spring practice under head coach Brian Kelly on Friday.  While the excitement level isn’t quite where it was at after the last coaching change, excitement is starting to build and Notre Dame fans are excited to see how different the Irish will look this season. Here’s a look at [...]

Comments (21) // Published: March 26, 2010

Initial Impressions - Boston College at Notre Dame

Initial Impressions – Boston College at Notre Dame

Notre Dame improved to 5-2 on the season with another last minute minute this weekend topping Boston College 20-16.  Brian Smith sealed the Irish victory with his first interception of the season in the final minute.  Here are some notes on the game. A win is a win.  Notre Dame probably should have won this [...]

Comments (81) // Published: October 26, 2009

Charlie Weis Presser Notes 10/20

Charlie Weis Presser Notes 10/20

Weis wrapped up the USC game and previewed this weekend’s Boston College game at his weekly Tuesday press conference.  Here are some highlights and notes. Robby Parris had an ankle, knee, and hip x-rayed after Saturday’s loss and all came up negative.  He also had an MRI on the knee and that came up as [...]

Comments (47) // Published: October 21, 2009

Initial Impressions - USC at Notre Dame

Initial Impressions – USC at Notre Dame

Notre Dame took another game down to the wire on Saturday, but for the second time this season came out on the wrong end of a thrilling game.  Here are my initial thoughts from the Irish heartbreaking defeat. First off, I think everyone needs to give this team a lot of props for not giving [...]

Comments (284) // Published: October 18, 2009

Weis Presser Notes 8/24/09

Weis Presser Notes 8/24/09

Charlie Weis met with the media on Monday as the Irish broke training camp and entered into Nevada preparation with the Wolfpack coming into town for the season opener in less than two weeks.  Here are some notes, including a surprise in the special teams depth chart. Freshman kicker Nick Tausch has beaten out Brandon [...]

Comments (7) // Published: August 25, 2009

Blue/Gold Game Player Observations - Defense

Blue/Gold Game Player Observations – Defense

Here’s some thoughts from the Blue/Gold game on the defensive side of the ball. Defensive Line Ethan Johnson – Johnson was a force to be reckoned with Saturday. He got pressure on the QB and got good penetration on running plays. Johnson could be in for a breakout season and could be one of the [...]

Comments (17) // Published: April 19, 2009

Beware of the Blue/Gold All Star... Sometimes - Part II

Beware of the Blue/Gold All Star… Sometimes – Part II

Yesterday we took a look at some past Blue/Gold game stars and MVPs who couldn’t translate their success in the annual scrimmage into regular season success.  Today we’re going to do a 180 and take a look at some past players who were able to translate their MVP performances into breakout seasons the following fall. [...]

Comments (5) // Published: April 14, 2009

Before Everyone Overreacts… Some Positives from MSU

Alright, before everyone goes all doom and gloom on me, there were plenty of positives to take away from Saturday’s loss to Michigan State.  Like I said on the board, there are no such things as good losses, but there certainly are bad losses; and I just don’t see this as a “bad” loss.  To [...]

Comments (30) // Published: September 20, 2008

Season Preview ’08: Linebackers

Ever since Brandon Hoyte and Corey Mayes graduated after the 2005 season, the linebacker position has been a liability for the Notre Dame defense.  The past two seasons the Irish have used an under sized cast of characters that were patched together more out of necessity than anything else.  As a result, the Irish have [...]

Comments (0) // Published: September 2, 2008

Sunday Night Link Roundup

Weis talked about a number of topics Sunday, including the fact that the WILL LB will be playing with his hand on the ground most of the time this year. Brian Smith is playing a new position and looking to make a name for himself. One of UHND’s own, Domer81, was at Fan Appreciation Day [...]

Comments (0) // Published: August 10, 2008

Thoughts on the First Depth Chart

The first depth chart of the year was released by Charlie Weis on Friday, and while he said it is very much subject to change over the next couple weeks of camp, there were some interesting moves made since the spring. Morrice Richardson is listed as the starter at one of the defensive end positions [...]

Comments (3) // Published: August 10, 2008

Weis Notes – 8/10

Here are some notes from Charlie Weis’s press conference with the media Sunday. Morrice Richardson played better than Justin Brown in the spring.  Brown is competing for the position and should play in the two deep.  Both are also being pressed by the young guys.  Weis made specific mention of Ethan Johnson and Kapron Lewis-Moore. [...]

Comments (0) // Published: August 10, 2008

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