Our countdown of Notre Dame's Top 25 players for 2013 continues today with No. 24.
No. 24: Kyle Brindza, Junior K
Previous ranking: No. 24
Making the case: Brindza entered 2012 responsible for only kickoffs, then found himself kicking a game-winning 27-yard field goal in Week 2 against Purdue after Nick Tausch suffered a groin injury. He made 23 of 31 field goals on the season, the most makes in a single season in school history. He came up with a clutch 22-yarder in the rain to send the Stanford game into overtime, then hit five in the regular-season finale win at USC, including a 52-yarder. This spring Brindza also doubled as the Irish's punter, though those duties remain up in the air this fall with Wake Forest transfer Alex Wulfeck in the fold.