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Irish add recruited walk-on punter Andrew Antognoli

Feb 4, 2013, 6:07 PM EDT

Andrew Antognoli

With the depth chart at punter precariously thin, Notre Dame picked up the commitment of recruited walk-on Andrew Antognoli, who backed away from a pledge to punt at Harvard for the chance to play for the Fighting Irish.

With Ben Turk graduating after four years of service, Kyle Brindza is slated to take over the punting duties in addition to his work as placekicker and kick-off man. But with scholarship numbers tight and another scholarship specialist looking less than likely, bringing Antognoli to campus as a walk-on is an immediate factor in the two-deep depth chart.

A Semper Fidelis All-American, the 6-foot-2 former soccer player punted and kicked for San Joaquin Memorial high school in Fresno, California. With recruiting numbers shaking out around the country, an opportunity to walk onto campus and compete for a job at Notre Dame was too good of an offer to turn down.

“Coach Booker told me that I have a legitimate chance to be the starter and that I can compete for the job next year during the fall,” Antognoli told 247Sports. “I’m really excited to hear that. It’s great to have an opportunity like that at a place like Notre Dame. I think I can go there, be the best I can be and maximize my potential.”

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  1. bernhtp - Feb 4, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    I expect Brindza to hold the job for a while, but it is really important to have a backup in the event Brindza gets hurt or goes into a psychological funk as kickers/punters apparently do at times.

  2. rcali - Feb 4, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Perfect. Never should Notre Dame use a scholarship on a kicker or punter again. Dime a dozen.

  3. mtmk0586 - Feb 5, 2013 at 6:37 AM

    Glad to get him.

  4. yaketyyacc - Feb 5, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    it is great to get any good player. welcome andy. a little off the subject of punters, how about field goal kickers who can kick 60 yarders as a matter of course. tutoriing ND’s field goal kicker, I posed this question to him. NO Way, yacc. too hard and too far. Yeah, but in attemptiing this, a 55 or 58 yarder is easy, right? he just laughed. well, in the Blue-Gold game, he competed against Paul Hornung, then the field goal kicker for the packers. both kicked 60 yarders, and then Perkowski kicked a 63 yarder. Hornung just walked over and shook his hand.
    how about not punting when we get to the opponents 40 yard line. after three downs the defense is programmed to go to the sidelines. now they are no longer sure. pressure for another down.
    why sugggest this. look at the talent ND has for 2013. have some fun!

    • mtndguy - Feb 5, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      Sounds like a “big fish story” yaketyyacc. Good stuff old timer. Unfortunately we haven’t seen anyone who can kick like that for a while.

  5. yaketyyacc - Feb 5, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    no, a real story. his name Perkowski, and he was the one who kicked the winning field goal with no time on the clock against Syracuse. but you’re right, haven’t seen one like him for a long time.

    • 1historian - Feb 5, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      Are you talking about the game where Syracuse (with Ernie Davis) was leading 15-14 and we went to try a field goal and it missed but there was a roughing the kicker penalty and we got another kick 10 yards closer and won the game? I was there – everybody went nuts. Good memory.

      Thanks

  6. shaunodame - Feb 5, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    I was hoping ND would add a P/K in this recruiting class, but ass the scholarship numbers got increasingly tighter, the odds seemed less and less likely.

    Adding someone with the skill of Antognoli, without using up an immediate scholarship is an ace in the hole.

    • shaunodame - Feb 5, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      as* (freudian slip)

  7. harvupdyke - Feb 5, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    That’s right Rudy. Load up on punters cuz you’re gonna need ‘em if you play Bama again.

    42-14.

    Roll dam tide.

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