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Monday, July 29, 2013

Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Kicker/punter: Kyle Brindza, junior (Canton, MI / Plymouth HS)
2012:  Saw action in all 13 games ... kicked off 71 times for a combined total of 4,445 yards ... averaged 62.6 yards per kick ... recorded a touchback on 26 occasions ... connected on 23 out of 31 field goals attempted ... his 23 made field goals surpassed the single-season school record previously held by John Carney (21, 1986) ... second kicker in school history to connect on at least 20 field goals in one season ... owns school record for field goal attempts in a single season (31) - bested Carney's previous mark of 28 (1986)
Blue-Gold Spring game: averaged 30.1 yards on seven punts, placed one inside the 20 yard line
Named to the Lou Groza Award preseason watch list.
He's also competing with Wulfeck and Antognoli to take over the starting punter role following the graduation of Ben Turk. "Now I think I can call myself a pure kicker and pure punter. I’ve finally worked on the fundamentals of punting. I finally understand if I hit a bad punt why that happened just like when I miss a field goal I know why it happened. It’s come a long way that’s for sure.”
Kicker: Nick Tausch, grad student (Plano, TX / Jesuit HS)
2012:  Appeared in the season-opening game against Navy in Dublin Ireland, during which he suffered an injury.
Blue-Gold Spring game: hit field goals of 40, 31 & 36 yards
Kicker/punter: Jude Rhodes, senior (Kapsowar, Kenya / Nordhoff / Ojai, CA)
2012: Did not see any game action
Kicker: John Chereson, freshman (Erie, PA / Cathedral Prep)
"Chereson, a two-time first-team Pennsylvania All-State pick, led the state with 51 touchbacks during his senior season. He also set several school records at Cathedral Prep, including a career-long 52-yard field goal, making four field goals in one game and hitting 84 extra points in a single season."
Punter: Alex Wulfeck, senior  (Jacksonville, FL / The Bolles School / Wake Forest)
"Being a transfer 5th year it was a different transition from Wake to Notre Dame. This past spring I knew I had to work harder than ever because I won't get a spring ball. I had to lift and kick hard. The first part of summer I worked with my kicking coach Mike Hollis on trying to become a even better directional punter. And once I got up to nd I know I need to get my rhythm back with having a snap because it is different than just holding the ball and punting it. My goal for the season is improve what I did in 2011 I want to start off really strong. In 2011 the first half off the season was weak and I felt I could achieve more and for the final half of the season I averaged just over 41 yards per punt. I am excited to be apart of the Irish and do something really special this year."
Punter: Andrew Antognoli, freshman (Fresno, CA / San Joaquin Memorial HS)
"I've been working out and punting as much as I can. Also, I am on staff with Chris Sailer so I helped the younger classes and also worked with Chris at those. I attended the College Elite Camp and got some good reps with my snapper Scott Daly. My goal is to earn the starting spot and I have been told I have a very good chance at it if I punt well."
Long snapper: Scott Daly, sophomore (Downers Grove, IL / South HS)
"I've been working extremely hard this summer, along with the rest of our specialists, working to become the best specialists in the country. I've challenged myself this summer to become the best snapper I can possibly be and the best athlete I can possibly be by going above and beyond by doing drills everyday and working hard in the weight room each and everyday. We are a very close group and we push each other to be our very best. I'm very humbled and grateful to be surrounded by a great group of teammates and coaches and I cannot wait for the season to start."

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