Among the kickers eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Notre Dame's David Ruffer. He ranks in the top ten in many of the various draft rankings.
Excerpts from Ruffer's profile page on the Fighting Irish's website:
2011 5th-year Senior Season
- against Boston College made field goals of 40, 41 and 27 yards in a 16-14 victory
2010 Senior Season
- named to the 2010 First Team ESPN Academic All-America Football Team
- finalist for the 2010 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award
- 23 straight field goals was the longest streak in school history
- became the second Irish place kicker to ever register multiple field goals of 50 yards or longer in the same season
- named John Folmer Most Valuable Special Teams Player at Hyundai Sun Bowl
2009 Junior Season
- Participated in each of final seven games for Irish, taking over field-goal duties for the injured Nick Tausch against Pittsburgh, Connecticut and Stanford
- shared kickoff duties during season, booting 35 kicks for an average of 62.1 yards, including two touchbacks
2008 Sophomore Season
- joined Notre Dame team during bye week and dressed in full pads for first time at practice on Wednesday, Oct. 22
- transferred to Notre Dame from William & Mary following 2007-08 school year
- graduated from Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C.
- never played football in high school ... played soccer as freshman and was varsity golfer all four years
2011: 10 of 16 (62.5%) FGs; 47 of 47 PATs; 77 points
2010: 18 of 19 (94.7%) FGs; 37 of 40 PATs; 91 points
2009: 5 of 5 (100%) FGs; 9 of 10 PATs; 24 points
2008: 0 of 0 FGs; 0 of 1 PATs; 0 points
Last November, Ruffer discussed his career goals:
"I think I really need to give the NFL a try. It's an experience not many people get. I think I owe it to myself to go see what's there at the next level. That said, I'm not holding my breath or anything. I know there are only 32 guys kicking in the NFL, and there are a lot more than 32 guys who are good enough to kick there. I'll keep reasonable levels of expectations of that.... If it doesn't work out, I'll go find a job somewhere in the finance industry."