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2015 NFL DRAFT

Kyle Brindza, K

School: Notre Dame  |  Conference: FBS Independents
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Canton, MI
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 236 lbs.
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OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
29927-FA

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Legitimate NFL leg strength and mental toughness to make the critical kick. Good overall athlete for a kicker. Can serve as an emergency punter if a team is in a pinch, and started at both positions at Notre Dame the past two seasons. Can handle pressure and kick in bad weather.

WEAKNESSES: Must prove to NFL scouts that his sophomore and junior seasons are the real measuring stick of his potential, rather than the inconsistency of 2014 when he made just 5 of his 11 field-goal attempts of 40-plus yards. Could surprise if he stays in a good groove, but not overly productive from long distance.

--Bo Marchionte

Player Overview

Brindza was born with a club foot (right leg) that had his foot turned backward. He underwent several surgeries to correct it, the last being a little more than a decade ago. He set a Michigan state high school record with 19 made field goals as a high school senior, including 6 of 9 from 50-plus yards.

He leaves Notre Dame as the school's all-time leader in nearly every kicking category. He connected on five field goals against Rutgers, an NCAA-best for 2013, and finished the game with 17 points. In his junior season overall, he went 20-for-26 on field-goal attempts. He made 14 of his 15 attempts in the fourth quarter, showing the ability to be reliable when needed most.

Known for his clutch ability late in games, Brindza struggled his senior season. His field goal percentage dropped to 58.3, almost 20 points (18.6) below his junior average (76.9). His long for the year was a 48-yarder against Purdue.

Brindza ended his career on a high note as he kicked the game-winner from 32 yards out as time expired to give the Fighting Irish a Music City Bowl victory over LSU, 31-28.

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12/30/2014 - Notre Dame and senior kicker Kyle Brindza got the finish they had missed too often the last half of the season. Beating a Southeastern Conference team in southern territory only made it that much sweeter. Brindza hit a 32-yard field goal as time expired, and Notre Dame upset LSU 31-28 in a Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl shootout Tuesday. "This was a matchup that we had wanted at Notre Dame, and I know LSU felt the same way," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. "We wanted to be challenged. We were disappointed in the way we played obviously at the end of the year, and our guys wanted the opportunity to finish the season the right way."

The Tigers (No. 22 CFP, No. 23 AP) were unsuccessful on a fake field goal at the end of the first half, a call that stood on review even though replays appeared to show the ball crossing the goal line. The Fighting Irish (8-5) also blocked a 40-yard field goal attempt by Trent Domingue early in the fourth quarter. Kelly watched the fake field goal on the video board and thought the Irish stopped holder Brad Kragthorpe short. LSU coach Les Miles thought Kragthorpe scored and wasn't happy the play wasn't overturned for a touchdown. Miles also wasn't pleased at the lack of better replays that might have shown Kragthorpe got the ball over the line before his knee went down. "The guy that carried the ball, forcing it, said he absolutely scored," Miles said. "Kids will be kids, but this guy's going to tell the truth." Notre Dame got the ball with 5:41 left and never gave it back, driving 71 yards in 14 plays before Brindza finished off the win. - AP Sports

 

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