On Signing Day, nobody wants to talk about the kicker. But come September, Notre Dame’s most important true freshman won’t be a five-star tight end or blue-chip cornerback, but rather kicker Justin Yoon.
With Kyle Brindza graduated, Brian Kelly and the Irish coaching staff are all but turning over the placekicking duties to Yoon. And the true freshman will have no choice but to sink or swim next season.
Our friends at Irish 247 went out to Massachusetts to check on the soon-to-be-enrolled newcomer. And after talking to both Yoon and his former prep coach Kevin MacDonald, lack of preparation won’t be what stops Yoon from succeeding.
“The fact that he practices so hard, he has no reason to doubt himself,” MacDonald told Irish 247. “Every kick he makes he practiced 1,000 times.”
The entire article is worth a read, as Yoon talks about the keys to his success, the concentration he demands and how he looks forward to kicking in front of the 81,000-and-change fans at Notre Dame Stadium.
Here’s video of Yoon’s practice work from earlier this week. After watching Brindza play a draw (right to left ball flight), Yoon looks to work the ball the opposite way.