Aug. 25, 2009
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame tight end Bobby Burger and punter Eric Maust were awarded scholarships for the 2009-10 school year, head coach Charlie Weis announced Monday.
Maust (Alpharetta, Ga./Blessed Trinity) filled in at punter during the 2007 season and averaged a team-high 42.1 yards on 21 punts, landing nine inside the 20 with only one touchback. He took over as the Irish full-time punter in 2008. Maust appeared in all 13 games and booted the ball 54 times for 2,218 yards (41.1 avg.) and dropped 16 balls inside the 20-yard line. He boomed eight punts over 50 yards and only allowed four balls to result in touchbacks. Maust is also one of the top pitchers for Notre Dame’s baseball team and recorded a 6-3 record this past spring. He is enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in finance.
Burger (Cincinnati, Ohio/La Salle), who sat out last fall after transferring from Dayton, joined the Irish football team as a walk-on prior to the start of the 2008 season. After redshirting the 2006 season at Dayton, Burger earned a letter by playing in all 12 of the Flyers’ games in 2007 as a defensive end. He registered 22 tackles, a team-high eight sacks and 11 tackles for loss. In 2006, he was named Dayton’s scout team defensive player of the year. With the Irish, Burger is listed third on the depth chart at tight end. He is enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in economics and is set to graduate in December 2010. Burger’s father, Bob Burger, was on the 1977 national championship team at Notre Dame and played offensive guard for the Irish from 1978-80.
The Irish open the 2009 season on Sept. 5 versus Nevada at Notre Dame Stadium.
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