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JD Bertrand

ILB

#40

Experience: R

Height: 6-1

Age: 24

Weight: 233 lbs

College: Notre Dame

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Biography

COLLEGE

  • Played five seasons (2019-23) at Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.
  • Bertrand played in 50 games (35 starts) for the Fighting Irish, recording 266 tackles (154 solo), 23 tackles for loss, nine passes defensed, six sacks and two forced fumbles.
  • Named a two-time team captain (2022-23) and earned the 2023 Notre Dame Father Ted Man of the Year Award.
  • Led the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons (2021-23).
  • In 2023, he started all 12 games, notching 76 tackles (41 solo), 7.5 tackles for loss, five passes defensed, 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble.
  • Named a Campbell Trophy finalist, considered to be the "Academic Heisman" and a Wuerffel Trophy finalist, presented to the player who best exemplifies community service with leadership achievements on and off the field.
  • As a redshirt senior in 2022, he totaled 82 tackles (45 solo), 8.5 tackles for loss, three passes defensed and two sacks.
  • Named to the Phil Steele All-Independent First Team, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and the Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Team.
  • Started all 13 games as a redshirt junior and recorded a single-season career-high 101 tackles (63 solo), seven tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one pass defensed in 2021.
  • During his redshirt freshman season, he played in 10 games and notched seven tackles (five solo).
  • He redshirted his true freshman season and appeared in three games.

PERSONAL

  • Born in Alpharetta, Ga.
  • Attended Blessed Trinity High School in Roswell, Ga.
  • Led Blessed Trinity to back-to-back Georgia Class AAAA State Championships in 2017 and 2018.
  • Named the 2018 Atlanta Journal Constitution 7-AAAA Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Named to the 2018 Atlanta Journal Constitution 7-AAAA First Team All-Region.
  • Recorded 278 tackles, 37.5 tackles for loss, 22.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, two passes defensed and one interception.
  • Son of Jim and Christine Bertrand.
  • Graduated with a Bachelor's in business administration and is pursuing a Masters in business analytics from Notre Dame.
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