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Notre Dame Football: Secret Weapon Justin Yoon

Team Highlight (White) kicker Justin Yoon (19) during the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo: Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)

5 foot and eleven inches tall.

185 pounds.

Decent measurables for a middleweight prize fighter.

But translated to college football, those numbers don't exactly strike fear into opposing players or coaches.

Unless of course your a weapon as worthy as a 5 star elite runningback that can outrun defenses, or a linebacker delivering bonecrushing hits at the line of scrimmage.

Meet the stealth bomber Notre Dame and the Irish will trot out this season- kicker Justin Yoon.

When recruiting services comprise their rankings yearly, special teams players are almost always overshadowed by the elite athletes across the country.

Quarterbacks command the highest regard, from having their yearly Elite 11 competitions, to sparking SEC coaches to go Bobby Knight with their verbal assaults on superstars defecting- like that of Gunner Keil who all but had Les Miles chewing every inch of grass from Baton Rouge to Chicago when he deciding to move on from the Tigers.

The hat ceremonies are for the divas that often fall short of expectations, but command more media hype then a motorcade of political stars.

Kickers would fall possibly to the opposite end of the spectrum where hype is concerned during the dog eat dog season of recruiting.

Unless you can nail 50 yard bullits with ease and Chris Kyle accuracy.

Kohls Professional Clinic has this synopsis of the elite kicker prior to last years Under Armour game:

Justin has performed well at multiple Kohl's events, his smooth stroke and ability to get great height on his FG's and KO's has made him a rare kicker, Justin's ability to focus and handle pressure is very impressive, he has solid FG range out to 60 yards away and has clocked a 4.4 hang-time with us at a camp, he is rare prospect and should be an outstanding college kicker, selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game....

Yoon delivered.

Yoon set Under Armour All-American Bowl records for most field goals made -3- and longest field goal made – 47 yards, in the seven year history of the game.  Yoon also made good on kicks from 31 and 32 yards and he was perfect (four for four) on extra points.

Heading into the spring, the Irish have but 1 kicker-Tyler Newsome- to contend with where Yoon is concerned.

Newsome will likely handle punting duties with Kyle Brindza graduated.

Kicking duties should fall into Yoons hands, or on his foot- as soon as he straps up later this year.

The concern for Notre Dame will be the process to get the ball down for Yoon to boot.

Second string quarterback Malik Zaire was called on to handle the holding aspect of the special teams kicking unit on field goal attempts and extra points.

Failed attempts late in the Louisville game and Northwestern game saw the Irish fall late in both matches.

Providing the special teams group gets it together come Texas, Yoon will no doubt handle the remaining aspect of the process.

Which is something the Irish have needed in some time.






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