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Sheldon Day | Defensive End

Team: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 290

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Notre Dame senior DL Sheldon Day "might have limited suitors in the NFL," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, "but he could be an excellent pass rusher in a one-gap scheme."
"Increasing his production while adding weight during his senior year (without losing the explosiveness) could lead more teams to warm up to his potential," Reuter wrote. Day, a smart player with a motor, had only 7.5 tackles for loss and one sack in 2014 while suffering from a knee injury. The 6-foot-2, 285-pounder will have to be much better this year. Jun 18 - 5:36 PM
Source: NFL.com

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NFL Media ranks Notre Dame senior DL Sheldon Day as their No.12 versatile athletes in college football.

"Few defensive linemen in the nation can transfer from end to tackle as seamlessly as Day. After a strong first half of the 2015 season, Day missed much of November with a knee injury. At 6-2, 285 pounds, he's not a sleek pass rusher on the edge, but he's tough to block and can play anywhere along the defensive line on all three downs. Expect Day to have a career-best season for the Fighting Irish this fall," NFL.com's Chase Goodbread wrote. The Notre Dame prospect recorded 40 tackles, 24 solo stops, seven and a half tackles for loss, one sack, nine quarterback hurries, two passes defended, two pass breakups and two fumble recoveries in 2014. Day could be a day 1 selection with another productive season under his belt.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 9 - 3:28 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang ranks Notre Dame DL Sheldon Day as the No. 10 senior prospect in the country.

"Quick and powerful, Day is a difference-maker in the middle for the Irish," he wrote. Day requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board in December and seriously considered hopping to the pros. The 6-foot-2, 285-pounder is a bit all over the place on film. On same plays, he is a holy terror and a no-doubt first-rounder. On others, you'd need a magnifying glass to find him.
Source: CBS Sports
May 12 - 3:24 AM

Notre Dame junior DL Sheldon Day will return to school for his senior season.

"After talking with my family, friends and coaches at Notre Dame, I’ve decided to return for my senior year with the Irish," Day said. "While the process leading up to this decision was difficult, ultimately my decision to return was easy. I love this school, my teammates and this coaching staff. I just felt it was in my best interest to play another year for Notre Dame." Day requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board last month. We never heard what he was told. The 6-foot-2, 285-pound Day has first-round upside, though that talent isn't always apparent on film. Because of that, returning to school was the right call. "It pretty much goes without saying that I’m excited to know that Sheldon has chosen to return for his senior year at Notre Dame," said head coach Brian Kelly. "Most importantly, this decision keeps him on track to graduate in May."
Jan 10 - 11:30 PM

Notre Dame junior DL Sheldon Day requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is one of Day's staunchest supporters, stating multiple times that he could be better than Louis Nix (Texans, No. 83 overall in 2013) and Stephon Tuitt (Steelers, No. 46 overall). The 6-foot-2, 285-pound Day has first-round upside, though that talent isn't always apparent on film. Kelly said Monday that he's "hopeful" Day will have recovered enough from his MCL sprain to play in the Music City Bowl Dec. 30 against LSU.
Source: CSN Chicago
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 05:46:00 PM

Notre Dame junior DL Sheldon Day will miss Saturday's game against Louisville with an MCL sprain.

Day leads the Fighting Irish with 7.5 tackles for loss and nine quarterback hurries. He's also recorded a sack and a fumble recovery. Head coach Brian Kelly said that while Day will miss Saturday's game, he should be able to come back from the MCL sprain before the end of the season. Earlier this season, Kelly praised the 6-foot-2, 290-pound junior for his "work volume."
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 06:54:00 PM

Notre Dame junior DL Sheldon Day is dealing with a knee sprain suffered against Northwestern.

Day will have an MRI to determine how severe the injury is. Day and Jarron Jones combine to form Notre Dame's best interior threats, but the junior has a history of missing time due to injury. Notre Dame faces Louisville next.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 10:07:00 AM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl writes that Notre Dame DTs Sheldon Day and Jarron Jones "are a handful inside."

"Notre Dame has taken a step back with edge rush but they are stout on the interior," Weidl wrote. That's quite the compliment considering the Fighting Irish lost DE/DT Stephon Tuitt and NT Louis Nix to the NFL. Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly believes Day could be better than both Nix and Tuitt. "Sheldon Day can be the best lineman that we've had here. He's going to have to play a whole season and prove it on the field and stay healthy, but I believe he can be the best defensive lineman I've had here," Kelly told Sports Illustrated earlier this month.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 07:53:00 PM

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly believes junior DT Sheldon Day could be better than Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt.

Both Nix (Texans, No. 83 overall) and Tuitt (Steelers, No. 46 overall) were Day 2 picks in last spring's draft. "Sheldon Day can be the best lineman that we've had here. He's going to have to play a whole season and prove it on the field and stay healthy, but I believe he can be the best defensive lineman I've had here," Kelly told Sports Illustrated. The 6-foot-2, 285-pound Day made six tackles in an opening weekend win over Rice, one for loss. "He's disruptive and athletic and has great work ethic," Kelly added. "He can play every snap. That wasn't the case with either Nix or Tuitt, who were great players in their own right. But they did not have the same work volume that Sheldon has."
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 05:51:00 PM

If Notre Dame junior DT Sheldon Day can "put it all together" this fall, he could have "an early exit and high-round selection in his future," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

Day played on the outside in the past two seasons with Louis Nix clogging up the middle. He's expected to shift inside in the Fighting Irish's 4-3 scheme this fall. "Day exhibits an explosive first step, strong hands, and nice closing burst, looking the part of a prototypical 3-technique prospect who has the natural talent to be an elite interior rusher," Stephens wrote. "If he can put it all together this year, an early exit and high-round selection may be in his future."
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 05:24:00 PM

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly raved about junior DL Sheldon Day when discussing the team's outlook with Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman.

"He has incredible ability to rush the passer for an interior defensive lineman," Kelly said. "He could arguably be our best pass rusher as an inside guy. We may have to move him outside on third down." Day played more of an outside role in the past two seasons with Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt up front, but Day's biggest issue has been health. He is a good player when at 100 percent and is a prime candidate to breakout.
Source: Fox Sports
Mon, May 19, 2014 01:52:00 PM

Notre Dame sophomore DL Sheldon Day is considered questionable for Saturday's game against Pitt with an ankle injury.

Day reportedly re-aggravated the injury on a cut block when chasing the play from behind. The Irish have been dealing with injuries along their front seven all season, and cut blocks have been the major culprit. Day doesn't get the publicity that Stephon Tuitt and Louis Nix III do, but he is a solid player.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 10:19:00 AM

Notre Dame sophomore DL Sheldon Day will play vs Oklahoma on Saturday.

Day has been dealing with a sprained ankle, which kept him out of the big game against Michigan. Although he wasn't a starter last season, it isn't a reach to call Day an impact player thanks to his squatty build and power at the point of attack. He completes that Notre Dame three down lineman front.
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 08:30:00 AM

Notre Dame sophomore DL Sheldon Day will be a game-time decision versus Michigan State on Saturday.

Day is dealing with an ankle issue which was suffered last week against Purdue. The sophomore is overshadowed by Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt on Notre Dame's front line, but he's a talented player. True freshman Isaac Rochell could start in his place.
Sat, Sep 21, 2013 10:40:00 AM