University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Monroe Area High School
2nd Round – 46th Overall
Tuitt started 29-of-35 games at Notre Dame, including his final 26 at left defensive end and his first three starting assignments at left tackle…Finished with 127 tackles (59 solos), 21.5 sacks for minus 163 yards, 25.0 stops for losses of 176 yards and 27 quarter-back pressures…Caused four fumbles and recovered another that he advanced 77 yards for a touchdown…Deflected four passes, intercepted another in the end zone for a score and blocked one kick…School Career-Record Results…Tuitt’s 20 sacks are the most for any active Notre Dame player and rank fifth on the school career-record chart, one shy of Mike Gann’s total of 21.0, which ranks fourth in school history (note-sacks became a recorded statistic in 1982)…School Season-Record Results…Ranks second on the Irish season list with 12 sacks in 2012…School Game-Record Results…Tuitt’s 77-yard advancement of a fumble vs. Navy in 2012 is the second-longest in school history.
Tuitt started all 13 games at left defensive end, playing more than 25 pounds over his previous weight from his sophomore campaign (328)…Ranked sixth on the team with a career-high 50 tackles (24 solos), leading the Irish for the second consecutive year with 7.5 sacks for minus 56 yards and nine stops for losses totaling 62 yards…Credited with 13 quarterback pressures, as he caused one fumble, scored on an interception and deflected two passes…Recipient of the Notre Dame Moose Krause Lineman of the Year…Also on the watch lists for the Maxwell Award and Bednarik Award…Recorded an interception return for touchdown vs. Michigan, becoming the first Irish defensive player with a fumble and interception return for touchdown in a career since Tommy Zbikowski (2004-07)…Played arguably his best game in a Notre Dame uniform vs. Southern California, as he registered his first multiple sack game of the season (two for minus 16 yards) and fourth of his career, adding seven tackles. Only two players in school history have posted more multiple sack games over their career (Justin Tuck and Bryant Young)…Registered six tackles, a sack and quarterback pressure in the victory over Michigan State…Added five stops, a sack and two quarterback pressures vs. Oklahoma…Posted his 17th career sack and fourth career forced fumble in the fourth quarter vs. Arizona State, as he added another half sack vs. the Sun Devils…Collected his milestone 20th career sack in the final minutes of Notre Dame’s 23-13 win over Brigham Young and helped prevent any chance of a Cougar comeback. He also recorded seven tackles, three quarterback pressures and a pass breakup vs. BYU.
Tuitt was named All-American first-team by ESPN.com, Athlon Sports, Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports, adding secondteam accolades from the Walter Camp Foundation, the Associated Press and Sporting News, along with honorable mention from Pro Football Weekly…Added to the watch lists for the Maxwell Award, Bednarik Award and Ted Hendricks Award…Started all 13 games at left defensive end, recording 47 tackles (24 solos), as he led the Irish with 12 sacks (second on the school season-record chart) for minus 89 yards and 13 stops for losses of 93 yards…Credited with nine quarterback pressures…Returned a fumble recovery 77 yards for a touchdown and caused three fumbles…Also deflected one pass and blocked a kick…His score via a fumble recovery came in the season opener vs. Navy, as he also tallied four tackles and two sacks for nine yards vs. the Midshipman…Had four more tackles each vs. Purdue and Michigan State, as he posted two sacks for 12 yards vs. the Boilermakers and one sack vs. the Spartans…Made two tackles and a sack for 10 yards vs. Michigan and was in on seven tackles and a key half sack vs. Stanford…Posted five tackles and two sacks for a loss of 25 yards vs. Brigham Young and notched six tackles and 1.5 sacks for six yards in a three-overtime win over Pittsburgh…Added one sack each vs. Boston College and Wake Forest, as he also forced two fumbles vs. Boston College…Totaled five tackles in BCS National Championship Game vs. Alabama.
The talented freshman saw action in nine games, while starting vs. Navy, Wake Forest and Maryland at left defensive tackle…Did not play vs. Michigan, Purdue, Boston College or Stanford…Showed steady improvement throughout the season, tallying 26 of 30 tackles (11 solos) over the final six games played…Recorded two sacks for minus 18 yards, three stops for losses of 21 yards, five pressures and a pass deflection…Had season high in tackles with seven in games vs. Southern California and Navy…Notched five tackles and a pass breakup in a win vs. Air Force…Turned in his most disruptive game in a win at Wake Forest, compiling four tackles, with two going for a loss of 14 yards, as he also had an 11-yard sack…Registered three tackles to go along with a seven-yard sack in the Champs Sports Bowl vs. Florida State.
Tuitt attended Monroe (Ga.) Area High School, playing football for head coach Matt Figg…Rated 38th nationally on Sports Illustrated list of top players during his senior season… Named Georgia Class 3A all-state first-team by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2010… One of four Georgia players to be named to All-Southern team by the Orlando Sentinel, as a defensive end, but also performed at tight end…Led Monroe High to an 11-2 record and a third-round appearance in the
Georgia Class AAA state playoffs during his senior season, after the team had finished a combined 0-20 the previous two seasons…Received first-team all-Georgia Region 8-AAA accolades after he posted 56 tackles, 24 stops-for-loss, 10 sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumbles recovered…Closed out his career by playing in U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio and in the Team USA vs. The World All-Star Game in Austin, Texas.
Tuitt is enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters, with a major in anthropology…Son of Tamara Tuitt…Born on 5/23/93 in Miami, Florida…Full name: Stephon Jakiel Tuitt…Resides in Monroe, Georgia.