Posted by Tom Fornelli
It seems that Notre Dame players can get whatever they want just by chanting it. Following the Irish's win over Miami in the Sun Bowl, players chanted "one more year" as Michael Floyd accepted his MVP award following the game. Floyd will be coming back to South Bend for his senior season. Then, when it was kicker David Ruffer's turn, the players began chanting "shol-ar-ship." Ruffer, who set the school record with 23 consecutive field goals, was a walk on at Notre Dame, paying his own way through school.
He's not going to have to do that anymore. Over the weekend at a Notre Dame awards banquet, head coach Brian Kelly announced that Ruffer would be placed on scholarship during his fifth year at Notre Dame. Ruffer wasn't available for comment about it this weekend, but he did turn to Twitter.
Now that Ruffer is on scholarship, that means Notre Dame will now have four kickers or punters on scholarship in 2011. Which seems like too many, but it makes more sense than making the best of that bunch pay his own way.