ND's Ronnie Stanley, Jaylon Smith earn consensus All-America honors
The votes are in, and there is a consensus.
Notre Dame senior offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley and junior linebacker Jaylon Smith are consensus All-Americans, the NCAA announced Thursday. The Irish standouts were each named to four of the five major All-America first teams following a 10-2 regular season.
Stanley and Smith become the 82nd and 83rd consensus All-Americans in Notre Dame history, the most of any program in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Notre Dame's 99 consensus All-America selections, which includes players selected more than once, are also the most of any FBS school.
The duo is the first pair of Notre Dame teammates to be named consensus All-Americans since cornerback Jeff Burris and offensive tackle Aaron Taylor (both unanimous selections) did it in 1993.
Just four consensus All-America picks prior to Stanley and Smith have come in the 2000s — cornerback Shane Walton in 2002, wide receiver Jeff Samardzija in 2005, wide receiver Golden Tate in 2009 and linebacker Manti Te’o in 2012.
A 6-foot-6, 315-pound senior offensive tackle, Stanley has started 38 consecutive games on the Irish offensive line. He was named the Notre Dame Offensive Player of the Year at the team's Echoes 15 banquet last weekend, a year after taking home Offensive Lineman of the Year honors.
Smith — a 6-3, 240-pound junior linebacker — has led Notre Dame in tackles in consecutive seasons, finishing with 113 tackles, nine tackles for loss and five pass break ups in 2015. The Butkus Award winner is one of three players at a contract bowl eligible school to finish with at least 113 tackles, nine tackles for loss and five pass break ups this season.
Smith is only the second player in the Brian Kelly Era (after Manti Te'o) to record more than 100 tackles in back-to-back seasons.
Here's where each player 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)