Earlier this week we had Texas Tech Coach Mike Leach pulling a kicker out of the stands and slapping a uniform number on him. Now Notre Dame, plagued by ghastly kicking performances this season, has turned to a former high school soccer player for help against Washington this Saturday.
(Brandon Walker’s epic suck has ND desperate as ever)
David Ruffer didn’t kick in high school and only played soccer for one season. But after trying out this week during an ND practice, he’s landed a spot on the travel roster to Washington this Saturday.
Ruffer had contacted the Irish coaches about walking on before. And recently Notre Dame’s special teams coach went and scouted Ruffer at an intramurals game on campus. He came away impressed and invited Ruffer to try out this week.
NW INDIANA TIMES excerpt:
“You’ve never seen the kid before in your life. Maybe a couple of kids know him from campus. All of a sudden the kid hits a 25-yarder, then it’s a 35-yarder, then it’s a 45-yarder and you’re looking, saying, ‘Where has this kid been?’”
Does the whole thing sound a little bizarre? Yeah, almost as bizarre as Notre Dame hiring a head coach who never played college football. Could you imagine that?