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Sunday, October 27, 2013
Helmet stickers: Week 9

By Matt Fortuna

Three players who stood out in Notre Dame's 45-10 win at Air Force:

Tommy Rees, QB: What neck injury? The senior threw a career-best five touchdown passes, completing 17 of 22 passes for 284 yards after leaving last weekend's game early with a neck injury. Rees has played extremely well in the last two games, and he connected with a different player for each score, a Notre Dame first.

TJ Jones, WR: Seven catches, 104 yards and a touchdown. Just another day at the office for the senior captain, who again continued to impress after getting burdened with lofty preseason expectations from the staff.

Jaylon Smith/Danny Spond, LBs: The dog linebackers will share this honor. The freshman Smith tied for the team lead with eight tackles, including one for loss, and recovered a fumble that should have been a touchdown return if not for a blown call on the field. The senior Spond, meanwhile, earned captain and game-ball honors in a bittersweet homecoming after hemiplegic migraines forced him to retire and help as a coach this season. His impact can be seen through Smith, who aced his first test against the option.