Notre Dame Football All-Decade Team: Defensive Tackle

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SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 11: Jarron Jones #94 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rushes against Jon Heck #71 of the North Carolina Tar Heels at Notre Dame Stadium on October 11, 2014 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

One of a few positions on our All-Decade list that has guys from pretty much every gap in Brian Kelly’s tenure at Notre Dame.

Louis Nix, Sheldon Day, Jarron Jones and Jerry Tillery were all dominant football players during their time at Notre Dame, and all played integral roles at different times. Two of these guys are still in the NFL, one is retired and the other is currently signed on to play for the XFL this season as an offensive lineman.

Jarron Jones (2012-2016)

Jones came to Notre Dame in the 2012 recruiting class as highly rated defensive lineman out of New York. After redshirting his freshman year, he appeared his 12 games in 2013 as a key reserve totaling 20 tackles and 1 sack. In 2014, he would take over as a starter and played the first 11 games before injuring his foot late in the season. He finished the season with 7.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He would sit the majority of his senior year with a MCL injury, but did appear in the bowl game. He returned for his fifth year and would have his best season, including the best game of his career against Florida State with 3 tackles for loss. His season totals were 11 tackles for loss and 2 sacks, bringing his career numbers to 19.5 tckles for loss and 4.5 sacks.

During his time in college, Jones also found success on special teams, where he blocked a total four kicks. While Jones went undrafted in 2017, he signed with his home state New York Giants. He made the transition to offensive line in the NFL and was signed by the Buffalo Bills in September, but ultimately never made the 53 man roster. He was drafted by the New York Guardians in the first round of the XFL draft in October and is expected to play for them this year.

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