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Irish A-to-Z: Tyler Newsome

Aug 1, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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While Kyle Brindza is holding down both the placekicking and punting jobs, freshman Tyler Newsome was brought in on scholarship to take over punting when Brindza’s record-setting career in South Bend is over. The long and lanky specialist who handled all three phases of the kicking game in high school, Newsome will compete for that opportunity in 2015 as well.

Let’s take a closer look at the incoming freshman from Georgia.


6’3″ 190 lbs.
Freshman, No. 85



It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but Newsome had a three-star ranking on Rivals, a big deal for a specialist. An All-State player in Georgia, Newsome was a Semper-Fidelis All-American game participant and the No. 4 punter in the country according to Kohl’s Kicking School.

A scholarship offer was all it took to land Newsome, who Brian Kelly got a look at during Notre Dame’s summer camp last June.

“We had Tyler up here this summer. We had the kicking camp here, and we got a chance to see him work out,” Kelly said. “Just was really impressed with his versatility. Long lever punter, which in terms of his abilities really transcend the normal punting.  He’s a guy that doesn’t come along very often. He’s 6’3″, 190 pounds right now, and he is skinny.  He’s going to be a really big kid.  We loved the pop that he had as a kicker, but we were most intrigued by his punting, and that’s an area that he’s going to continue to work on and continue to develop.”



It’s hard to get too jacked up about a punter, but Newsome’s frame and body-type seem to get Kelly excited, so that’s good enough for me. After getting a weight-room warrior in Brindza and former punter Ben Turk, the Irish staff is taking a guy based on body projection in Newsome, who should be able to add quite a bit of explosiveness to his leg in Paul Longo’s strength and conditioning program.



If Newsome sees the field this year, it’s because something bad happened to Kyle Brindza. It’s most likely that Newsome will save a year of eligibility and then take the field in 2015, where he’ll be competing with incoming freshman kicker Justin Yoon.

My guess? Newsome will be punting and Yoon kicking in 2015, a lot of pressure on two young scholarship specialists.

It’s hard to get too serious about digging into the YouTube clips of high school kickers and punters, but Newsome is exactly what the coaching staff wanted when they decided to offer a scholarship to a specialist. He’s a versatile kicker with high upside who has shown the ability to do multiple jobs at the high school level, but a guy that projects easily as a punter at the very least.

Newsome will have some responsibilities hoisted on his shoulders soon. But it won’t happen in 2014.



The Irish A-to-Z
Josh Atkinson
Nicky Baratti
Alex Bars
Hunter Bivin
Grant Blankenship
Jonathan Bonner
Justin Brent
Kyle Brindza
Chris Brown
Jalen Brown
Greg Bryant
Devin Butler
Jimmy Byrne
Daniel Cage
Amir Carlisle
Austin Collinsworth
Ben Councell
Scott Daly
Sheldon Day
Michael Deeb
Steve Elmer
Matthias Farley
Tarean Folston
Everett Golson
Jarrett Grace
Conor Hanratty
Eilar Hardy
Mark Harrell
Jay Hayes
Matt Hegarty
Mike Heuerman
Kolin Hill
Corey Holmes
Chase Hounshell
Torii Hunter Jr.
Jarron Jones
DeShone Kizer
Ben Koyack
Christian Lombard
Tyler Luatua
Cole Luke
Nick Martin
Greer Martini
Jacob Matuska
Cam McDaniel
Mike McGlinchey
Colin McGovern
Pete Mokwuah
John Montelus
Kendall Moore
Nyles Morgan
Sam Mustipher
Quenton Nelson

  1. notthatconfused - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    “Why does this website keep talking about Notre Dame? We should all be talking about Alabama, all the time.” , johngaltisshrieking.

    • sjb198 - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:35 AM

      or the University of Sock Cuckers

      • sjb198 - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        must be some USC fans in the house?

  2. johngaltisspeaking - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Georgia talent aka SEC TALENT, Notre Dame couldn’t have done any better. Recruiting out of the best of the best SEC Territory. SEC 3 star is a 5 star Midwest talent.

  3. irishdog80 - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    If he proves to be a quality punter, they should use him this year and save some of Brindza’s energy for field goals and kickoffs. I also wonder how alternating between three types of kicking…though kickoffs and field goals are similar…impacts your accuracy for field goals. I would rather have Brindza with his “A” game for field goals than anything else. So long as Newsome has decent hang time and zero shanks with his punting, let him do it and he will be better prepared for next year and potentially bigger responsibilities. Nothing more frustrating than a shanked punt or short kickoff that sets up your opponent.

  4. johngaltisspeaking - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Ok Notre Dame needs to step it up. Its obvious now that schools are all going high tech and are building super high tech facilities. A&M is going to take over Oregon’s facilities. Its time Notre Dame step it up.

    • johngaltismyfriend - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      Did you forget ND will have a $400 million stadium expansion? Maybe you forgot us talking about it a while back. Now that I think about it, you did pass out after having those two wine coolers.

  5. notthatconfused - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    Do you typically take pictures in men’s rooms and post them on the Internet?

    • seadomer - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      Have been sitting on the sidelines but this comment got me back ……ha ha

    • johngaltisspeaking - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      Only after I finish the sermon on Sundays…

    • jerseyshorendfan1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      He usually snaps shots of the feet that he’s trying to tap in the next stall over.

      • johngaltisspeaking - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:52 PM

        oh nice

  6. frostedluckycharms - Aug 1, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Damn! Irish247 posted that Tony Springmann is done with football due to back injury.

    • johngaltisspeaking - Aug 1, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      The depth just isn’t there and its shows once again how the weak 2012 class hurt the program. I am changing my prediction to 7 wins… This is bad news.

    • schuey73 - Aug 1, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune tweeted the same thing. What a shame for Springmann.

  7. fnc111 - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Don’t forget about the sophomore preferred walk-on from Fresno. He’ll have something to say about the competition next August.

  8. fnc111 - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:45 PM


  9. nudeman - Aug 3, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    I don’t see ND winning 7 games, but I also don’t see them winning 10-11. I’d say we’re looking at another 8-9 reg. season win year. Mainareas of concern are twofold:

    – Speed on defense. That was the #1 problem last year (many of us wrote that several times) and I don’t see where there has been a major improvement. Joe Schmidt is still a starter; Collinsworth might be too; Ishaq clearly brings no intensity. Nothing. Redfield is faster than Farley (as am I); but that’s about it. Maybe some of the frosh like Morgan will help a bit, but I still think this is a unit that is slower than needed to play championship football. I rate them about a B- on speed.

    – D Line. Stating the obvious here of course. I actually don’t think they’ll miss Lou or Tuitt much, on or off the field. Neither were leaders, neither really wanted to be there last year and Tuitt was a non factor in nearly every game. (Please don’t make excuses about his hernia surgery 3 months before the start of camp; he was out of shape all year.) Sheldon Day gives it his all and has had some solid moments. Like him a lot. But can anyone see him being drafted in the first 5 rounds? I can’t. After that you’ve got Hounshell who’s more fragile than a China Doll and isn’t all that big either; Jarron Jones who’s had about 2-3 decent games but no one knows if he is developing or if those were flukes; Springman is gone, and if Ishaq is starting at DE that’s the death knell. I rate this unit a C+ at the very best, barring some frosh stepping forward and surprising us.

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