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Watch Lists: Brindza, Day, Koyack and Martin join club

Jul 11, 2014, 8:59 AM EDT

Kyle Brindza, Ben Turk AP

Watch List week continues with more Irish veterans recognized for their potential 2014 season. In addition to Everett Golson, KeiVarae Russell and Jaylon Smith, four more Irish players found their names on awards lists, with Kyle Brindza, Sheldon Day, Ben Koyack and Nick Martin being tabbed.

Brindza was named to the Lou Groza watch list. One of just eight players in FBS football that served as a team’s punter, kicker, and kickoff specialist, Brindza is already the most prolific kickers in Irish history entering his senior season. His 98 points scored in 2013 bested his previous school record of 97 points, accomplished during the 2012 campaign. He also holds school records for longest field goal (53 yards against Arizona State), career field goal percentage and single-game records for field goals (five in a game) and points in a game (17, against Rutgers).

That Day was listed among the names for the Outland Trophy gives you an idea that Irish fans aren’t the only ones expecting big things from the Irish junior. Making the move to defensive tackle after playing his first two seasons at end, Day should have a big season in Brian VanGorder’s system. Recognition on the watch list for the award given to college football’s best interior lineman (offense or defense) is a nice tip of the cap to Day.

Koyack is the latest Notre Dame tight end to find his name on the Mackey list, with a big season also likely for the Irish senior from Oil City, Pennsylvania. Koyack only caught 10 passes last season in a supporting role behind Troy Niklas, but average 17.1 yards per touch. After seeing Anthony Fasano, John Carlson, Kyle Rudolph, Tyler Eifert (who won) and Niklas all at least be Mackey semifinalists, with an inexperienced depth chart behind him, you’ve got to think Koyack has a chance to get an invite to the awards ceremony.

Lastly, senior Martin finds himself on the Rimington Trophy list, given to the country’s best center. Martin is healthy after a late-season knee injury and should anchor the Irish offensive line. The Indianapolis native started 11 games for the Irish before missing Stanford and Rutgers. He’ll likely end up a three-year starter at the position, with a fifth year available in 2015.

Irish watch listers include:

Kyle Brindza, Sr., PK/P
Groza Award

Sheldon Day, Jr., DL
Outland Trophy

Everett Golson, Sr., QB
Maxwell Award

Ben Koyack, Sr., TE
Mackey Award

Nick Martin, Sr., C
Rimington Trophy

KeiVarae Russell, Jr., CB
Bednarik Award
Nagurski Trophy

Jaylon Smith, So., LB
Bednarik Award
Nagurski Trophy

  1. irishlad19 - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    These nominations confirm two things:
    That BK and staff are recruiting talent, and
    That the coaches are teaching the recruits how to perform at a high level.
    Charlie Weis recruited well, but his staff didn’t coach them up.

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Jul 12, 2014 at 3:04 AM

      ……or you’re completely wrong. These nominations confirm almost nothing…

      Outland Trophy – Notre Dame has someone on the watchlist every year in the past decade except 2005
      Nagurski – Notre Dame has someone on the watchlist every year in the past decade except 2009
      Rimington – in it’s short 14 year history, ND has had a player on the watchlist 8 times

      And the Maxwell and Bednarik Watchlists have almost 100 names each…I think I was on one of them last year!!!!

      Watchlists meh…just fodder for ESPN and Keith’s slow blog season

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Jul 12, 2014 at 3:07 AM

      BTW, another popular award….The Eddie Robinson Coaches Award….

      BK won it in 2012….seven years after Charlie Weis in 2005

      Watchlists pfffff

    • johngaltisspeaking - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:45 AM

      winning 8 games every year is nothing to boast about. talent coaching if you can win double digits your just like everyone else.

  2. onward2victory - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    I really hope Brindza doesn’t have to score 98 points this season, unless half of them come from PATs.

  3. johngaltismyfriend - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Why even get our hopes up by putting ND players on any of these lists? We all know that you can’t win on the field without 5 stars and you couldn’t get a 5 stars if you added all these guys together. I heard Bama is even starting to recruit 5 star waterboys, my friend told me that.

    • irishinmich - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      “Couldn’t get a 5 stars” ?! Huh?
      You’re a 5 star troll. Your friend told me that.

    • irishmob89 - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      Jaylon Smith would disagree with your statement…

  4. fnc111 - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Where is Lebron on this list?

  5. fnc111 - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    You win with excellent player development and hard working 4-stars. Five stars are few and far between anyways. ND has a few. One is Max Redfield. You know the guy SUC wanted really badly John.

  6. irishlad19 - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    Someone was up in the middle of the night in a bad mood!

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Jul 12, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      or I’m in a different time zone and I disagree with you

  7. irishlad19 - Jul 12, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    OK friend, it’s just sports talk–let’s lighten-up and enjoy it! 😉

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