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Jerry Tillery | Defensive Lineman

Team: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Ht / Wt:  6'7" / 305

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NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang called Notre Dame senior DT Jerry Tillery's performance on Saturday against Stanford the best he saw in Week 5.
Tillery (6'7/305) has been improving his stock all year, but the effort he put in against Stanford was at another level. He picked up four sacks against the Cardinal along with two other tackles, and he was constantly disrupting the Stanford offense either as a pass-rusher or defending the run. " Scouts, of course, are already well aware of Tillery, who entered the game ranked third among senior defensive tackles on's board," writes Rang, "but this was the type of breakthrough performance that talent evaluators had been waiting for from the undeniably gifted (but previously inconsistent) defender." This defensive line class is absolutely loaded. Oct 1 - 3:19 PM

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Notre Dame senior DT Jerry Tillery named the Walter Camp Player of the Week for his performance against Stanford.

After his performance against Michigan to start the year, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline called Tillery a "riser" and he hasn't stopped there. Tillery (6'7/305) had four sacks yesterday against a Stanford team known for having NFL-caliber offensive lineman. His four sacks from last night bring his sack total up to 7 on the year, and he's simply too strong and too savvy to be stopped right now. The senior DT has been really helping his draft stock ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Sep 30 - 1:25 PM

Notre Dame senior DT Jerry Tillery was listed as a "riser" by Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

Tillery (6'7/305) and the Notre Dame defensive front shut down Michigan in a major win last weekend, but Tillery also helped himself in the eyes of the NFL scouting community. In the win, the athletic defensive tackle had a career-high two sacks with four total tackles, including two of them for a loss. Pauline said, "[Tillery] looked quick, explosive and was at times impossible to stop." Already given second-round grades by some NFL scouts, Tillery could sneak into the first round.
Sep 5 - 5:52 PM

CBS Sports draft writer Chris Trapasso compares Notre Dame senior DT Jerry Tillery to Malik Jackson.

Tillery was one of the biggest -- literally and figuratively -- reasons for Notre Dame's defensive turnaround, as the 6-foot-5, 310-pound defensive tackle had 4.5 sacks and 56 tackles in the 2017 campaign. Trapasso lists his strengths include Tillery's ability generate leverage and his hand usage, but also notes he has the body of a "heavier defensive end right now." Another big year from Tillery could see him become one of the first interior lineman off the board in 2019.
Source: CBS Sports
May 25 - 5:26 PM

Notre Dame junior DT Jerry Tillery will return to campus for his senior year.

Big news for the Irish. Tillery, Notre Dame's best linemen, led the defensive line with 703 snaps played in 2017. He finished with 56 tackles, nine TFL and a team-leading 4.5 sacks. At a minimum, Notre Dame will go seven-deep on the line next fall. Tillery is joined by DEs Khalid Kareem, Daelin Hayes, Julian Okwara, DTs Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa and Kurt Hinish and versatile swing player Jay Hayes. A few highly-recruited freshman are behind that group, as well.
Source: 247 Sports
Jan 15 - 6:49 PM

Notre Dame freshman DL Jerry Tillery has been suspended for the school's bowl game against Ohio State for a violation of team rules.

Tillery stepped into the starting lineup for the injured Jarron Jones and became the first freshman defensive lineman to start since 1998. He played better against the run than the pass. With Sheldon Day nursing an injury and Jones returning, the Irish could be in store for a heavy dose of Ezekiel Elliott.
Fri, Jan 1, 2016 12:54:00 PM

Freshman DL Jerry Tillery is on track to start for Notre Dame, as the Fighting Irish figure out how to replace Jarron Jones.

Anthony Weaver, in 1998, was the last freshman defensive lineman to start for Notre Dame. Beat writer Pete Sampson notes junior Isaac Rochell will likely move inside closer to the center, with Tiller playing closer to the tackle. Tillery enrolled early and has impressed head coach Brian Kelly since.
Tue, Aug 18, 2015 10:08:00 AM