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irishunclebill
04-16-2010, 08:53 PM
Kicker
Plymouth High School (Canton, MI)

Links of Interest:
Rivals Profile (http://rivals.yahoo.com/notredame/football/recruiting/player-Kyle-Brinzda-95628)

Height: 6 foot-2
Weight: 195 lbs.
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Multimedia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kD7J5Hyg1k&feature=player_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMHg6gb2YZk&feature=player_embedded

irishunclebill
04-16-2010, 08:54 PM
Kyle Brinzda

http://i41.tinypic.com/ftiko7.jpg

irishunclebill
04-16-2010, 08:54 PM
Received an ND offer last night and committed according to Scout.

Win4Gipper
04-16-2010, 08:56 PM
Received an ND offer last night and committed according to Scout.

Welcome aboard!!!! I did not know a punter was on the 'to get' list....

Any info on this kid?

irishunclebill
04-16-2010, 08:56 PM
http://recruiting.scout.com/a.z?s=73&p=2&c=962962&ssf=1&RequestedURL=http%3a%2f%2frecruiting.scout.com%2f2 %2f962962.html


Brindza Commit May Have Immediate Effect

By Allen Trieu
Midwest Regional Manager
Date: Apr 16, 2010

Notre Dame landed a commitment from Plymouth (Mich.) kicker Kyle Brindza last night, and he told Scout.com today, that the 2011 prospect may actually pay immediate dividends for the Irish.

irishunclebill
04-16-2010, 08:58 PM
Welcome aboard!!!! I did not know a punter was on the 'to get' list....

Any info on this kid?

Placekicker not punter. He is supposed to be one of the best if not the best kicking prospect in the Class of 2011. He was supposed to attend ND's Junior Day on March 20, but it was never confirmed he was there. Based on this he probably was.

BTW, he is from the same HS as recent scUM commit and ND offered DE Brennen Beyer.

Win4Gipper
04-16-2010, 09:01 PM
Placekicker not punter. He is supposed to be one of the best if not the best kicking prospect in the Class of 2011. He was supposed to attend ND's Junior Day on March 20, but it was never confirmed he was there. Based on this he probably was.

BTW, he is from the same HS as recent scUM commit and ND offered DE Brennen Beyer.

Excellent... thanks for the correction IUB...

irishunclebill
04-16-2010, 09:02 PM
Just added some YouTube highlights to his profile post.

irishunclebill
04-16-2010, 09:05 PM
That first highlight is an out of the end zone kickoff. What is that 80 yards? Not much height but that won't matter if it goes out of the end zone.

Svoboda
04-16-2010, 09:06 PM
With the limited numbers we have available scholarship wise, this one is a head scratcher. It could possibly mean one of two things:

1) Kelly feels confident enough with the talent we have elsewhere to spend a scholarship on a kicker
2) We're going to have additional scholarships open up so he feels good using one on a kicker
3) Maybe Walker's back injury is going to force him to hang it up, so he'll essentially take his scholarship next year

Interesting to say the least.

irishunclebill
04-16-2010, 09:09 PM
With the limited numbers we have available scholarship wise, this one is a head scratcher. It could possibly mean one of two things:

1) Kelly feels confident enough with the talent we have elsewhere to spend a scholarship on a kicker
2) We're going to have additional scholarships open up so he feels good using one on a kicker
3) Maybe Walker's back injury is going to force him to hang it up, so he'll essentially take his scholarship next year

Interesting to say the least.

I don't think anyone else has confirmed this yet and Trieu is not the sharpest bulb around.

Svoboda
04-16-2010, 09:11 PM
I don't think anyone else has confirmed this yet and Trieu is not the sharpest bulb around.
Agreed. Met him here in Indy at an event that was going on. Just your everyday Joe pretty much.

Svoboda
04-16-2010, 09:12 PM
I just read that this kid can actually graduate THIS June and could likely be on the team this upcoming season. Interesting if that is true.

irishunclebill
04-16-2010, 09:28 PM
Looks official.

http://www.irishsportsdaily.com/recruiting/football/2348-kyle-brindza-commits-to-kick-for-irish

Not clear whether he will count as a 2010 or 2011 commit, but from the standpoint of schollies it doesn't really matter, he still counts against the 85.

irishunclebill
04-16-2010, 09:31 PM
http://www.irishsportsdaily.com/recruiting/football/2348-kyle-brindza-commits-to-kick-for-irish



Kyle Brindza Commits To Kick For Irish

Written by Steve Wiltfong Friday, 16 April 2010 20:06

Kyle Brindza (Canton, Mich./Plymouth) couldn’t believe it when he heard the idea.

But it didn’t take long for him to be a fan of it.

On Thursday night, the 6-foot-1, 198-pound kicker verbally committed to Notre Dame, and is looking to bypass his whole senior year of high school and enroll into college next fall.
It was actually the Michigan staff that came up with the idea.

“Michigan offered me (two) weeks ago and told me they wanted me to graduate in June and forego my senior year and kick for them,” Brindza said. As a junior he connected on 6-of-10 field goals with a long of 49 yards, and also booted 95 percent of his kickoffs for touchbacks. “Notre Dame heard about it and hopped on board (last Thursday) because they really wanted me. They said the same thing as Michigan, and I went to visit their practice last Friday.”

A week later, Brindza is part of the Irish fold, becoming the third player to pledge to head coach Brian Kelly and his staff in the class-of-2011, joining defensive end Brad Carrico (Dublin, Ohio/Coffman) and offensive tackle Jordan Prestwood (Plant City, Fla./Plant City), or the 24th-player to sign in the class-of-2010.

If approved by Notre Dame, Brindza will have to take an online English course and one elective during summer school to graduate from high school a year early. He has a 3.0 GPA.

“Brian Kelly is having a meeting with the admissions officers this week, and he will tell me by the end of the week if they have it certified to accept one more applicant this year because admissions is already closed.

“If this doesn’t get passed, I’m for sure graduating next January, and either way, I’m going to be a member of the Fighting Irish.”

Besides Michigan and Notre Dame, Brindza was receiving interest from Michigan State, LSU, Vanderbilt and Central Michigan.

“When the Michigan offer came, I thought I was going to be a member of the Wolverines because they brought me in and made me feel like a member of their family. But I grew up a Notre Dame fan, I grew up watching Rudy, and my grandfather went to Notre Dame and everyone in my family is a Notre Dame fan.

“And you can’t beat their academics.”

Brindza is hoping to be inside the Notre Dame classroom soon.

“I never thought it was possible until Michigan told me it was, and that’s when Notre Dame said the same thing,” Brindza explained. “I feel mature enough right now to take on the experience of a college education and college life.”

Brindza has visited Notre Dame several times in the past. Besides the recent spring practice, he also attended the Irish’s junior day.

“Coach (Mike) Elston, he’s seen my tape and he loves my power,” Brindza said. “He loves how fast my leg speed is, my mechanics, pretty much everything about me. He said I’ll be fighting for the kicking job for both field goal and kickoffs because there is no set starter for those jobs.”

Brindza also averaged 48.2 yards per punt, and will push starter Ben Turk.

“I’ll be fighting for the back-up punter job and for Ben Turk to be better.”

Whether that’s this season or next.

Svoboda
04-16-2010, 09:55 PM
If he gets through admissions and cleared to come in early, he'll be the 24th player in the 2010 class. Otherwise, he'll be #3 of the 2011 class.

HoffVir
04-16-2010, 10:09 PM
#24 of 2010 class or #3 and an EE (like Carrico) for the 2011 class.

lowayne
04-16-2010, 11:39 PM
Pretty awesome and crazy story. What is a typical schollie allotment for Kickers?

sreepointer
04-16-2010, 11:46 PM
Welcome aboard Kyle, whenever you arrive.

Griff Cannon
04-17-2010, 12:03 AM
wow very interesting situation, I didn't know this was even possible for a Junior to bypass 2 semesters of high school. I would guess that ND makes him enroll in January though, if admissions is "closed", that doesn't sound like something Kelly will be able to change, imo.

stew654
04-17-2010, 07:22 AM
The thing that caught my attention was this "booted 95 percent of his kickoffs for touchbacks." How long has it been since we have been able to consistently been able to do that.

piyachi
04-17-2010, 08:27 PM
I'd say the schollie numbers and current roster probably have little to do with offering him. kelly has put an emphasis on special teams (yea I know we have heard that before) and this seems to be him going after a ST star. Having someone with this kids skills really can make a huge difference - if it means we get 1 less guy that gets a late offer it certainly seems to be worth it.

Welcome Kyle!

Purebred Irishman
04-19-2010, 06:37 PM
This is a really interesting story. Even if he doesn't get into ND until January it looks like ND has got a really good place kicker and welcome to the ND family

Griff Cannon
04-21-2010, 08:10 PM
Kyle Brindza had de-committed from Notre Dame.

from ISD, confused I am

IrishR#1
04-21-2010, 08:38 PM
This is weird.

Griff Cannon
04-21-2010, 08:47 PM
http://www.irishsportsdaily.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2384:brindza-decommits-from-nd&catid=90:football-recruiting-stories&Itemid=42
Letter he sent to ISD

"I thought about my decision to commit to Notre Dame and realized I rushed it," Brindza said. He verbally committed on Thursday night. "I rushed it because I also realized that taking all these night school classes are going to effect me in the classroom during the day and in track. I also had a goal this year not only to be All-State in football, but to be All-State in track and field. I have decided that i am going to graduate in January of next year to allow me to achieve my goals and experience another year of high school football.

This means that I am de-committing from Notre Dame so I can sit back and think deep and thoroughly to make sure that it's the right place for me in every aspect. Nobody has persuaded me to do this, it was my choice because I felt that it's what's best for me and my future. I am very sorry to have done this to not only to Notre Dame, but to everyone that has heard about my commitment. I am not saying that I am going to be committing to another college, but I am just wanting to think over all the tiny aspects that there are. It's the best thing for me to do right now, and to make sure it's the best fit university for me."

well that clears it up; so he will be an EE wherever he ends up but wants to finish out his track season and senior football season. Can't blame him.

IrishR#1
04-21-2010, 09:02 PM
That makes sense.

SpanishElite
04-21-2010, 09:16 PM
That does make sense... tough to skip his whole senior season and half of his junior year. But you have to respect it...he seems to be doing it the right way.

Griff Cannon
04-21-2010, 09:30 PM
alright I am lost again

http://www.irishsportsdaily.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2386:brindza-still-an-irish-pledge&catid=90:football-recruiting-stories&Itemid=42

Kicker Kyle Brindza (Canton, Mich./Plymouth) remains verbally committed to Notre Dame, and withdraws an earlier statement he sent to Irish Sports Daily that said the contrary.

“I’m not de-committing from Notre Dame,” Brindza said. He gave his verbal pledge to the Irish coaching staff last Thursday night. “I’m taking a step back and thinking about it all.”

The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Brindza also holds a scholarship offer from Michigan, and is hearing from the likes of LSU, Vanderbilt, Michigan State and Central Michigan.

As a junior, Brindza connected on 6-of-10 field goals with a long of 49 yards, and also booted 95 percent of his kickoffs for touchbacks. He averaged 48.2 yards per punt.
So he is an EE is still committed but taking a look at everything?

irishunclebill
04-21-2010, 09:37 PM
“I’m not de-committing from Notre Dame,” Brindza said. He gave his verbal pledge to the Irish coaching staff last Thursday night. “I’m taking a step back and thinking about it all.”

Still a contradiction there. LOL. I'm glad I didn't update the team and schollie threads yet.

irishunclebill
04-21-2010, 09:39 PM
That does make sense... tough to skip his whole senior season and half of his junior year. But you have to respect it...he seems to be doing it the right way.

He didn't have to de-commit to be able to do that. Maybe he realized that and it is why he retracted the de-commit. Who knows. Kyle seems a bit confused right now.

Win4Gipper
04-21-2010, 09:58 PM
Fricken Kickers.... Nothing but drama drama drama

NotreDameNate
04-21-2010, 10:01 PM
Ughhhh.... I hate the whole verbal commitment anymore. I wish these kids would take their time. This is why I don't really follow recruiting anymore. If and when they sign their LOI then I will be more interested. Good luck to Kyle, hope he figures it out.

SpanishElite
04-27-2010, 07:29 PM
He didn't have to de-commit to be able to do that. Maybe he realized that and it is why he retracted the de-commit. Who knows. Kyle seems a bit confused right now.

So he has officially un-de-committed? haha.
So is Brindza looking to be an EE for January 2011?

irishunclebill
04-27-2010, 11:12 PM
So he has officially un-de-committed? haha.
So is Brindza looking to be an EE for January 2011?

He did and he is.

KamaraPolice
05-04-2010, 07:19 PM
kickers are kuirky kreatures

rontdtarchala
05-04-2010, 11:06 PM
thats the truth

lowayne
05-04-2010, 11:27 PM
Whatever. When other recruits do weird things and pick ND we call it figuring out option and if they choose another school they are flakes. Kicker has nothing to do with it.

(Yes I had dreams of being the walkon kicker at my undergrad... our kicker sucked soooo hard.)

irishunclebill
05-07-2010, 12:25 AM
In case anyone is waiting with baited breath for the latest news on Kyle he has re-affirmed his solid committment to the Irish after a recent two day visit with his family to South Bend. Family concerns were probably the reason this became an issue to begin with and they now seem to be resolved.

stonebreakerwasgod
05-07-2010, 07:22 AM
Great news.

NotreDameNate
05-07-2010, 08:46 AM
Welcome back then! : )

NDgrandson
08-12-2010, 03:53 AM
http://www.irishsportsdaily.com/recruiting/90-football-recruiting-stories/2977-the-middle-man

Great interview with a lesser analyzed but extremely impactful recruit. Here's most of it.


The Middle Man
Written by Andy Sunstrum Wednesday, 11 August 2010 02:21

Every now and then you get the pleasure of interviewing a kid that blows you away. Sometimes it’s because that kid seems mature beyond his years. Sometimes it’s because of how impressed you are that a kid can be so selfless in a sports world obsessed with selfishness. And sometimes you are lucky enough to come across a kid that is so down to earth that you are left digging to find any hint of arrogance in him.

Rarely, however, do you find a high school football player that not only possesses all of those characteristics, but who is also one of the most coveted players in the country at his position.

Meet Kyle Brindza.

I recently had the pleasure or interviewing the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Brindza, a verbally committed member of the 2011 Notre Dame recruiting class.

Brindza said he's been pretty busy this summer.

“I’ve been attending kicking camps, and we’ve had several (team) camps this summer,” said the Michigan native. “We started two-a-days yesterday, and we’ll be on to fall camp soon.”

Those kicking camps appear to be paying dividends for the Canton High School star.

“I’ve hit a sixty-four yarder this summer,” proclaimed Brindza, referring to his longest made field goal. “My punts have also been right around sixty yards and my kick-offs have been going through the uprights.”

He hopes that his high powered leg will help carry his team through the playoffs.

“We want to get past the first round of the state playoffs this year, that’s one of our goals,” admitted the highly touted kicker. “Our school has never made it past the first round before.”

Winning isn’t the only thing that is important to Brindza and his Plymouth High teammates however.

“We want to become more of a family this year. We need to be more stable and trust each other more,” exclaimed Brindza, who will serve in a captaincy role this year for his team. “We want that to carry us into the playoffs so that we can trust the guy next to us.”

While team goals are important to the sharp-shooting kicker, he is also working towards several personal accomplishments.

“This year I want to be all-state in both punting and kicking,” suggested the Plymouth High star. “I also want to make an All-American bowl. I’m on the list for the Army All-American Bowl, but they don’t know what kickers they will take until around October.”

The class of 2011 specialist isn’t only an excellent football player however; he also might be one of Notre Dame’s top recruiters.

“I’ve been recruiting kids hard,” admitted Brindza. “Me and Jarrett (Grace) call each other ‘the middle-man of recruiting.’ I talk to everyone that I can. We are looking for the best teammates possible . “We want the RKG’s (Right Kind of Guys) that are going to help us win a championship.”

“We are a tightly-knit group, like a family,” he continued. “We’ll accept anyone and they’ll see that we are a family here at Notre Dame.”

It isn’t only the other members of his recruiting class that the multi-faceted kicker talks to however.

“I call Coach (Chuck) Martin every Monday,” said the Michigan product. “I talk to him about some recruits we need to jump on as committed kids. I also talk to special teams coach (Mike) Elston. I keep trying to build a relationship with him.”

While Brindza isn’t quite sure when he will take an official visit this fall, he is certain that he will not be visiting any other schools.

“No sir. I’m two-hundred-and-ten percent fully committed to Notre Dame,” proclaimed the senior kicker. “The soft verbal was a fluke. I just wanted to visit Michigan to make sure. It didn’t make sense to give my verbal to Notre Dame and then go visit other schools.”

At one point Brindza wanted to be an early enrolee at Notre Dame, but a little bit of mature perspective, combined with a lot of selflessness, helped him come to a conclusion.

“Notre Dame only takes about four or five early enrolees each year,” explained Brindza. “There are still some kids thinking of enrolling early. I’m giving up the chance to enrol early so that the skill players have a chance to get in early and get into their playbook. As a kicker and Punter I don’t need to get into the play book, I just need to kick the ball.”

Not only is the future Notre Dame specialist one of best kickers in the country, he’s also recruiting for Notre Dame, even if it means missing out on his chance to enrol early.

Purebred Irishman
08-12-2010, 06:03 AM
I love this kids attitude. "We need the RKG's to win a championship".

DublinIrish
08-12-2010, 06:39 AM
good article. seems like a great kid. I noticed himself and Grace have been mentoined by other recruits as being very active in trying to build friendships between the commits

theman
08-13-2010, 11:21 AM
He has been upgraded from a 45 to a high three star, 79, and #6 kicker on ESPN. The #4 kicker is a four star, so he is almost there. Finally, the rankings are out.

SpanishElite
08-13-2010, 11:28 AM
As long as he makes every kick from the 45 yard line in at ND.. he can be rated whatever he wants!

Synoptico
08-13-2010, 11:38 AM
He has been upgraded from a 45 to a high three star, 79, and #6 kicker on ESPN. The #4 kicker is a four star, so he is almost there. Finally, the rankings are out.

Wow. Imagine that that will help in team rankings. Crazy but ESPN might be the most favorable to our class this year... though still plenty of time.

irishunclebill
11-04-2010, 11:00 AM
Kyle now plans to EE again.

wicket
11-04-2010, 11:56 AM
Kyle now plans to EE again.

maybe with Lynch decommitting there is enough spots for EE again?

Synoptico
11-04-2010, 12:03 PM
Kyle now plans to EE again.

That is actually a nice move... With the defections it opens up the spots, which will can might impact next year's signing class

wicket
11-04-2010, 12:04 PM
by the way, if the kid really has the leg he is supposed to have Id favour him to win either the punting job or the kickoff job

Synoptico
11-04-2010, 12:21 PM
by the way, if the kid really has the leg he is supposed to have Id favour him to win either the punting job or the kickoff job

Kickoff..> Would love that... give Ruffer a scholly too

wicket
11-04-2010, 12:23 PM
Kickoff..> Would love that... give Ruffer a scholly too

Is ruffer not out of years?

Synoptico
11-04-2010, 12:35 PM
Is ruffer not out of years?

You may be right.

a1ND
11-04-2010, 03:15 PM
You may be right.

Believe he can come back for a 5th year but only if he gets a scholly which right now is probably looking likely.

NotreDameNate
11-04-2010, 06:12 PM
Someone mentioned about "only so many spots for EE". How many EE's can a university take?

marv81s
11-04-2010, 11:36 PM
Someone mentioned about "only so many spots for EE". How many EE's can a university take?

5 seems to be the magic number

NotreDameNate
11-04-2010, 11:57 PM
I'm guessing that is for all schools that allow EE?

irishunclebill
11-05-2010, 12:02 AM
I'm guessing that is for all schools that allow EE?

There is no actual EE limit under NCAA rules. It is governed only by the 25 schollie limit per year. So in theory if you had 0 commits in the Class of 2010, you could have 25 guys EE from your Class of 2011. However, each school has its' own policy as to how many EE's they will allow and I believe in ND's case the max. they will allow is 5.

Synoptico
11-09-2010, 03:39 PM
Is ruffer not out of years?


ISDUpdate

BK hasn't talked to Ruffer about the possibility of 5th year yet. Says he'll start to talk to 5th year possibilities this week.

Looks like he has the possibility of coming back

FootballFlash
11-12-2010, 02:46 PM
http://www.highschoolsports.net/local/Detroit/article/201011120377

Nice article in the Detroit Free Press on him during his team's run in the state play-offs.

IrishFan123
12-06-2010, 09:20 PM
In house visit tonight fom Elston.

Irishlaw
12-28-2010, 03:00 PM
Rivals 1st team HS All American

irishunclebill
02-04-2011, 12:12 PM
Named Parade All-American.

IrishFan123
08-23-2011, 12:26 PM
Handling Kickoffs

HoffVir
09-27-2012, 10:44 AM
He's either kicking from Touchdown Jesus or Legends.

Michael Grieco ‏@MGrieco37
@kylebrindza this has to be a new record pic.twitter.com/3f9Q8C2z
Retweeted by Kyle Brindza
10:22 AM - 27 Sep 12

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A3zjoasCUAA0UNK.jpg:large

NotreDameNate
09-27-2012, 12:26 PM
:lol:

eric_navy
09-27-2012, 12:31 PM
Now if only he could get the kickoff through the endzone...

Murf NDawg
09-27-2012, 12:34 PM
Now if only he could get the kickoff through the endzone...

you would think he'd try to go between the uprights every time.

jerseyborn1971
09-27-2012, 01:36 PM
Brindza kicks 646 yards.

Turk bench presses 646 pounds.

Coincedence?

eric_navy
09-27-2012, 01:47 PM
Brindza kicks 646 yards.

Turk bench presses 646 pounds.

Coincedence?

And Rees runs the 40 in 6.46 sec. Creepy.

irishunclebill
09-27-2012, 01:50 PM
And Rees runs the 40 in 6.46 sec. Creepy.

No way Tommy is that fast. :smile:

domehead1
09-27-2012, 02:21 PM
Depends on who is chasing him :)

jerseyborn1971
09-27-2012, 04:34 PM
No way Tommy is that fast. :smile:

He could, but only if Carlo's people are timing it.

irishunclebill
12-04-2012, 02:17 PM
Kyle is currently tied for 3rd in the NCAA FBS stats for Field Goals Made per game this year. He is the only non-Senior among the Top 7.

jbrown_9999
12-04-2012, 05:37 PM
Kyle is currently tied for 3rd in the NCAA FBS stats for Field Goals Made per game this year. He is the only non-Senior among the Top 7.

Hopefully his FGs per game are reduced next year as a result of ND's red zone TD percentage increasing.

irishunclebill
12-07-2012, 10:18 PM
http://i46.tinypic.com/30a4y94.jpg

HoffVir
05-13-2013, 05:54 PM
Dual Role For Brindza
MONDAY, 13 MAY 2013 09:16 SEAN STIRES

http://www.irishsportsdaily.com/images/resized/images/stories/2013_fbseason/brindza2_200_200.jpg

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Kyle Brindza's workload is steadily expanding. The Notre Dame kicker was a kickoff specialist as a freshman in 2011, he added field goals and extra points to his plate in 2012 and Brindza is now expected to handle punting duties as well when the 2013 season rolls around.

The dual duties are nothing new to Brindza. He kicked and punted at Plymouth High School in Canton, Mich.

"Back in high school I would say yeah I was a kicker and a punter," said Brindza. "But I would say I was more a kicker and a raw punter. Now I can finally truly call myself a pure kicker and a pure punter, because now I've finally worked on the fundamentals of punting."

Brindza made a Michigan state record 19 field goals as a senior in 2010. He also averaged 43.2 yards per punt that season while also booting 60 of his 63 kickoffs for touchbacks. Just like a stud high school pitcher can blow fastballs by batters with raw strength, a strong-legged kicker/punter can do the same. Doing both consistently at the college level is another story though.

"I finally understand when I hit a bad punt why that happened; just as if I hit a bad field goal I'm able to understand why I did that," Brindza explained. "I can finally understand now that I'm a punter and a kicker not just a kicker and a raw punter."

Brindza has 142 kickoffs to his credit through two seasons with the Irish. Thirty eight of them (including 26 last season) have been touchbacks - a rate of nearly 27%. He also connected on 23 of 31 field goals in 2012 to break John Carney's 1986 record of 21 in a season.

Adding punting to the mix is a new dynamic for Brindza. Although he has practiced it during his first two years on campus he is yet to punt in a game. The Irish spent the bulk of their 2013 practice season indoors, meaning Brindza could was not doing actual punting.

"I didn't have a ball for the first half of the spring," Brindza said. "I kept on going through my form and I finally got outside and I wanted to see how I (would do) and I did pretty well from my standards. Pretty much for me it's just understanding muscle memory."

The lack of actual punting probably showed itself during Notre Dame's recent Blue-Gold spring game. Brindza punted seven times for a total of 211 yards that day - an average of just 30.1 yards (Louisiana Tech's Ryan Allen led the nation with a 48.0 average in 2012, while averages in the 41.0 range ranked around 50th nationally).

Brindza does send videos to his personal kicking coach, Brandon Kornblue, for critiques, but he says he has made his biggest strides thanks to his up close mentoring on campus.

"Coach (Bob) Diaco is helping me out tremendously," Brindza said. "He's been able to take the time, not only for his linebackers, but (also) for us punters as well. To be able to go out there and understand the fundamentals of punting - he's incorporated that with me - just making sure I'm really focused on my form. He's been drilling that into me like he drills his linebackers and it's obviously helped me out a lot."

"The biggest thing he points out to me is explosion," Brindza continued of the tips he gets from Diaco. "He kind of relates it to tackling. When you are about to tackle someone you kind of stop a little and then you start back up and you explode into the player. That's the biggest thing for me - as a kicker you kind of explode downfield, but as a punter you've got to explode up. That's the biggest thing for me and it's helping my hang time tremendously."

There are other subtle differences between place kicking and punting that the junior to be is still working on refining as well.

"You have to walk a proper line," Brindza said of one of punting. "You have to understand your drop and you have to understand it's kind of (like) pushing a ball off the table somewhat. Everything's got to be still whereas (with a) field goal it's right there for you, but (with) punting you have to do everything for yourself."

"I would say there are more checks punting than there are kicking," Brindza continued. "You can punt a ball different ways - you can kick a ball all these different ways, but when it comes down to it in the end I would say punting is harder to pick up and I've definitely focused on that a lot. I'd say there are 10 more checks to do on punting than there are field goals."

Brindza has a busy summer ahead of him. While most of his offensive and defensive teammates will spend the bulk of their summer on campus, Brindza will be working about every other weekend with Kornblue at various kicking camps around the country.

He will be working with and mentoring high school age kickers at the camps, but will arrive a day early each time to hone his own punting and skills with Kornblue, who handled both kicking and punting duties for Michigan's 1997 national championship team.

"In the summer you are kind of working on your own being that coaches can't really help you out," Brindza commented. "I can't really talk to coach Diaco and be out there with him, so it's a time for me to go out in a different place and work with my kicking coach."

Brindza's summer travel schedule will take him to places like Michigan, Texas, North Carolina, Atlanta, Arizona, and Indianapolis. Kornblue helps refine not only Brindza's kicking and punting mechanics, but also his mental state.

"Kicking and punting is more mental than it is physical," Brindza explained. "You're the one going out there. Pretty much you're the lonesome kicker everyone says. If you don't have that mentality and confidence in yourself then you've pretty much already shanked the punt or missed a field goal. That's the biggest thing (Kornblue) instills in us."

http://www.irishsportsdaily.com/football/football-articles/9229-dual-role-for-brindza

HoffVir
07-10-2013, 12:07 PM
Lou Groza Award ‏@LouGrozaAward
In 125 years of @NDFootball no one had ever kicked 23 field goals in a season - until Kyle Brindza. Yeah, @kylebrindza's on the Watch List
Retweeted by Kyle C. Brindza
10:20 AM - 10 Jul 13

JMR8
10-02-2013, 03:49 PM
Turing into a heck of a long distance punter. Has been flipping the field very well for us lately.

HoffVir
10-02-2013, 08:12 PM
He's always had the leg for it, just need to work on his technique and consistency.

LOVEMYIRISH
10-02-2013, 11:40 PM
The way he hooks the ball to the left is giving me a god damn heart attack though...honestly! When he lines up, I pray he aims for the right post...because that sucker is gonna hook left hard!!!

LOVEMYIRISH
10-06-2013, 12:16 AM
The way he hooks the ball to the left is giving me a god damn heart attack though...honestly! When he lines up, I pray he aims for the right post...because that sucker is gonna hook left hard!!!

First kick: I was thinking about this thread. Fucking hook!!!

53 yard FG: I was in full forgiveness mode...lol

HoffVir
10-07-2013, 12:35 PM
Irish Illustrated ‏@NDatRivals
Kyle Brindza named Independent Special Teams Player of the Week for his school record field goal and 50-yard punt average against ASU.
12:22 PM - 7 Oct 13

Purebred Irishman
01-08-2014, 05:22 PM
http://www.irishsportsdaily.com/football/football-articles/10591-all-bowl-for-brindza


Kyle Brindza has received some postseason recognition. The Notre Dame kicker has been named to the NFL.com 2013 All-Bowl team. Brindza was 5 for 6 on his field goal attempts to help the Fighting Irish beat Rutgers 29-16 in the Dec. 28 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

Brindza hit two fourth quarter field goals, from 25 and 49 yards, to help decide a game that saw the Irish lead by just three points entering the game's final 15 minutes. The junior from Canton, Mich made 20 of his 26 field goal attempts in 2013. He set a new career-high with a 53-yard field goal in an Oct. 5 win over Arizona State. Brindza was a perfect 38 of 38 on extra points during the season for the 9-4 Irish.

Bowling Green Punter Brian Schmiedebusch and Florida State kick returner Kermit Whitfield were the other two special teams players on the all-bowl squad. Two Notre Dame opponents from this season, Michigan State linebacker Denicos Allen and Pittsburgh center Artie Rowell, were also named to the team.

Purebred Irishman
03-05-2014, 01:51 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMYcOXsJLOM&list=UUE4eowdQYjxFuDSlnsan94Q

HoffVir
07-28-2014, 05:47 PM
Notre Dame Football @NDFootball (https://twitter.com/NDFootball)
Mr. Clutch - @kylebrindza (https://twitter.com/kylebrindza) was one of eight in the FBS that handled all three duties in 2013. #uNDerconsideration (https://twitter.com/hashtag/uNDerconsideration?src=hash)
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BtqWameCEAAuP62.jpg (https://twitter.com/NDFootball/status/493872493766012928/photo/1)
5:35 PM - 28 Jul 2014

Purebred Irishman
08-21-2014, 11:22 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrWg22UAhW8&list=UUE4eowdQYjxFuDSlnsan94Q

Purebred Irishman
09-11-2014, 04:30 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pzaYnastDg&list=UUE4eowdQYjxFuDSlnsan94Q

Purebred Irishman
10-02-2014, 05:29 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8dUFySN09s&list=UUE4eowdQYjxFuDSlnsan94Q

Purebred Irishman
10-16-2014, 04:31 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMmQamCTTPk&list=UUAMR05qSc5mfhVx20fDyAoQ

rontdtarchala
10-16-2014, 09:23 PM
We need you to make every extra point and every field goal... every one!!!!

rontdtarchala
10-16-2014, 09:27 PM
YOU ARE ONE HELL OF AN AWESOME YOUNG MAN JUST AWESOME!!!

FootballFlash
04-15-2015, 08:10 AM
http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2015/04/14/kyle-brindza-draft-detroit-lions/25788841/

Notre Dame K Brindza: Lions workout 'went very well'

Kyle Brindza is a realist.

The Notre Dame kicker and Canton native knew when the Detroit Lions re-signed Matt Prater this winter it ended just about any hope had of being drafted by his hometown team.

But when the Lions called to invite him in for a local workout Tuesday, Brindza gladly accepted.

Brindza said he kicked field goals, kickoffs and punts for Lions coach Jim Caldwell, general manager Martin Mayhew and special teams coordinator Joe Marciano on Tuesday, and that the workout "went very well."

"For me, being a local kid, it was a blessing," Brindza said. "It was a dream come true because I've always watched the Lions growing up and been to, pretty much when I was growing up went to all the Thanksgiving and Christmas games. It's good to be able to get out there and show my work I've put in."

Like most kickers, Brindza is a long shot to be drafted, but he has one of the strongest legs among kicking prospects and after handling both kicking and punting duties for Notre Dame the last two years he should at least find his way into some team's training camp.

"I would love to get drafted, but at the end of the day, kickers, it's very slim they get drafted," Brindza said. "Probably 75% of the kickers now all used to be all undrafted free agents, so it's just a matter of doing my research, understanding which team, A, either has a need at the kicking spot and needs competition right away because I'm more than capable of winning a job in the NFL and I know that, and, B, understanding who I can learn from, is there a veteran there, what can I get out of going to these camps?"

Brindza averaged 41.5 yards per punt last year and made just 14 of 24 field goals, down from 20 of 26 his junior season when he made three kicks of 50-plus yards.

He's been working with former Michigan kicker Brandon Kornblue on his accuracy, had three special teams coaches for the San Diego Chargers come in to run his pro day workout at Notre Dame last month, and said Tuesday's workout gave him a better understanding of how the Lions and others view him as a prospect.

"(The Lions) totally view me as someone that they can bring into camp and be able to learn from the likes of Don (Muhlbach), Sam (Martin and) Matt," Brindza said. "Obviously, they have a great situation with Matt, but how this past year ended up, every team in the NFL isn't going to say, 'Oh, we're all set.' You never know when something could be called on and they definitely see me as someone down the line that they'll be more in touch with."

mlcspinner
09-04-2015, 12:12 PM
@RapSheet: #Bucs are cutting K Connor Barth, source said. That means Kyle Brindza, who they traded for, is making the team. He was 2 for 2 last night

lowayne
09-04-2015, 12:54 PM
His stats at ND were depressed by the LS to Holder connection fails. Just sayin'

LOVEMYIRISH
09-04-2015, 12:58 PM
His stats at ND were depressed by the LS to Holder connection fails. Just sayin'

So true. He really did a great job at ND. My only complaint was that he seemed to hook the ball a bit, but his production was outstanding and he gave his all. I'm a Brindza fan.

Being a kicker in the NFL is no small feat. Those guys can have LONG careers and its really hard to get in there. Think of the good kickers we had over the last 20 years...and he's the first to be kicking FGs right? Hunter Smith (punter) made it, but he's the only one I remember in the last 20 years

LOVEMYIRISH
09-04-2015, 01:00 PM
Here's his records at ND and one in the NCAA
http://www.und.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/kyle_brindza_749570.html