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Punter Tyler Newsome commits to Notre Dame

Jun 21, 2013, 7:31 PM EDT

Tyler Newsome

Kyle Brindza looks like he’ll hold down both the place kicking and punting job this season. But come 2014, he’ll have some competition. Georgia punter Tyler Newsome committed to Notre Dame Friday afternoon, less than a day after being offered a scholarship by the Irish staff.

“Officially committed to the University of Notre Dame,” Newsome wrote on Twitter. “What a blessing.”

Two recruiting cycles after signing a long snapper, the Irish coaching staff saw fit to offer Newsome a full ride, after punting and kicking for the Irish coaches. Newsome has the ability to kick off and punt, and likely closes the door on any specialist for the next two seasons.

If you’re into the “geek speak” of kicking and punting, here’s what the staff at Kohl’s Kicking said about Newsome:

“Tyler has huge upside, one of the best athletes in the 2014 class, ball explodes off his foot, showed a lot of talent at the Southern Showcase in Dec of 2012. Can hit some huge punts, won punt competition at Southern Showcase in May of 2013, Tyler was one of the finalists in the kick off competition at the UC Challenge, made 10-10 FG in May of 2013, D1 KO/P, FG are improving as well.”

The commitment of Newsome might feel inconsequential when you consider the elite prospects on campus, but this season is a true test for the Irish special teams. While Ben Turk was hardly a Ray Guy candidate, the Irish staff is putting all its eggs in Brindza’s basket, and the results during the Blue-Gold game were hardly reassuring. With Daly, a redshirt freshman snapping, and Brindza handling both kicking jobs, getting good performances out of the kicking units will be key.

Newsome makes it a dozen members of the ’14 recruiting class, currently tabbed “The Golden Army.” For a look at his work at kicking camp, see below for a highlight video.


  1. seanb20124 - Jun 21, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    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 Iris

  2. dudeacow - Jun 21, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Upgrade from Turk. Turk was 5′ 10″, this guy is 6′ 3″, so he is naturally stronger. He also punts well under pressure, in contrast to Turk, who admittedly was always “nervous to punt in front of thousands of people.”

    • turkisland - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      Hey “dudeacow” , Turk is a little over 5’11 . He’s been listed at 6′ in only a couple articles , but never has he ever been listed at 5’10” , so YOUR credibility is shrinking (pun-intented) . And although Turk had his consistency problems , punting in “big-games” or crucial situations was NEVER one of them (Mich st. Oklahoma, BYU , USC- (to finish undefeated), Sun Bowl , CHAMPS SPORTS BOWL , and finally the BCS Championship game where he was one of the few ND players who could hold their head up high (7punts 44.5 yard avg). Not to mention in his 4 yr career at Notre Dame Turk NEVER had a punt “blocked” (great get-off time) , and had only “one” returned for a touchdown that was in consequential . Too bad you have to talk ignorant about guy who was “loyal” and under-appreciated . . .

      • dudeacow - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:00 PM

        Well sorry, I didn’t realize one inch was such a big deal to you. And I’m taking that quote DIRECTLY from Turk himself. And all in all, I don’t think he lived up to his #2 punter ranking, do you?

  3. jerseyshorendfan1 - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    This bodes well for the future and I might not have to get the rosary beads out every time we go for a FG. This can change the offensive strategy and the complexion of the game itself when you have a FG kicker with decent range. You can go for the FG to win in the final seconds as opposed to forcing a bad pass into double coverage (think Tulsa). This is a good use of a scholarship because this team needs to be proficient in all 3 phases of the game. Glad they’re thinking about the kicking game, now if we could only get them to think about punt returns.

    • mtflsmitty - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:02 AM

      Agreed, JShore. Not a commit with a lot of sizzle. But really important nonetheless. I’ve never really understood why schools don’t give scholarships to P/K’s more often.

  4. loadofwash - Jun 22, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    Me not sure a punter will help much with 20 yrs of embarrassing performance. Remember fellers, it’s the overall talent base that’s second rate. Not much to do about that, is what it is. It’s a real pity Kelly’s losing sleep already over temple. Who would of thunk it?

    • papadec - Jun 22, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      Only you load, only you.

  5. yaketyyacc - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    you better believe we are losing sleep over temple. and will over every team we play. complacency is food of losers.
    with the rapid commitment of tyler newsome, ND has put another jewel in the Natioal Crown, ND is striving to wear. so far, the result is dazzling. now, to win the right to wear it.

  6. whitdog23 - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    isn’t it against NCAA regulations to ‘try out’ for coaches while in HS?
    looks like ND failed again and will be answering to NCAA about this violation

    • dillonbigred - Jun 22, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      He was at the Notre Dame kicking camp and was offered. Nice try at making an issue, though.

  7. padomer - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Assuming he’s a capable punter, which probably isn’t a stretch considering he was offered a scholarship on a thin year, I think a nice by-product is the fact that he is from Georgia? This way we maintain a bit of a pipeline in the talent-rich state, and who knows, maybe he is from a high school powerhouse w future targets. Maybe he’s friends w Lorenzo carter !

  8. mediocrebob - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:53 PM


    Coming from a Penn St fan your comments don’t carry any weight.

    Penn State lost a lot of sleep over Ohio (bobcats). Is that when you decided you’d become a fake Tide fan?

  9. fnc111 - Jun 22, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    If ND can’t find a Punter this season they’ll be lucky to go 5-7. It’s crucial that transfer from Wake Forest step up or ND might not make a bowl. People underestimate how big punting is.

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