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Ruffer wins kicking job for opener

Sep 2, 2010, 7:41 PM EST

Even though Nick Tausch set a school-record with 14 straight field goals last season, that wasn’t enough too hold off walk-on kicker David Ruffer, who won the starting job for the opener against Purdue this Saturday.

“Ruffer is going to start as our kicker,” Kelly said this afternoon. “We felt he had a great week. The ball comes off his foot really well, so he’s earned that stating position. That’s a change in the depth chart from what you saw.”

Ruffer transferred to Notre Dame from William & Mary two years ago and was pulled off the intramural field by former head coach Charlie Weis. Filling in for an injured Tausch last year, he made all five field goals he attempted last year.

Ruffer will handle both kick offs and field goal attempts.

  1. BrianM - Sep 2, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    This might be the first decision I’ve really questioned made by this coaching staff.
    Unless your kicker is injured (or really, really bad), there’s no better way to ensure he never again has any sort of consistency than benching him two days before the season opener. That goes for any kicker. So much of what they do is mental, the last thing you want them thinking about when they’re kicking is whether their position is secure.

  2. Art Vandelay - Sep 3, 2010 at 2:27 AM

    I had no idea Ruffer was a walk-on. Remember Reggie Ho? I think Holtz pulled him off the soccer team to come in and kick. Just shows you that BK (and Holtz) would play the best no matter what.
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1067781/index.htm

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