Notre Dame's Stanley, Smith named AFCA All-Americans


Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Another day, another All-American nod for Ronnie Stanley and Jaylon Smith.

This time, both Notre Dame standouts appeared on the American Football Coaches Association All-America team, which was announced on Wednesday.

A 6-foot-6, 315-pound senior offensive tackle, Stanley has started 38 consecutive games on the Irish offensive line. Smith — a 6-3, 240-pound junior linebacker — has led Notre Dame in tackles in two consecutive seasons, finishing with 113 tackles and five pass break ups in 2015.

Both Stanley and Smith were named to four of the five recognized All-America first teams, which meets the criteria for consensus All-America honors. The NCAA will announce its unanimous and consensus All-America teams on Thursday.

Here's where each player has landed on the five major All-America teams.

Associated Press: Smith (first team), Stanley (second team)

Football Writers Association of America: Stanley (first team), Smith (second team)

The Sporting News: Stanley (first team), Smith (first team)

Walter Camp Football Foundation: Stanley (first team), Smith (first team)

American Football Coaches Association: Stanley (first team), Smith (first team)

Notre Dame's Ronnie Stanley, right, walks off the field with teammate Jaylon Smith following Notre Dame's victory over Rice on Aug. 30, 2014. (SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN)