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Weis names freshman Tausch starter

Updated: August 24, 2009, 8:33 PM ET
Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- No. 23 Notre Dame will have at least one freshman starter on the field when it opens the season against Nevada on Sept. 5, and it won't necessarily be highly touted linebacker Manti Te'o.

Freshman Nick Tausch of Plano, Texas, will handle kicking duties for the Fighting Irish after beating out junior Brandon Walker. Walker struggled early last season, making just one of his first seven tries. He finished the season 14-of-24.

Tausch won the competition fairly convincingly, ...

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