Nov. 15, 2001
Notre Dame, Ind. – Senior center/long snapper John Crowther and sophomore defensive tackle Kyle Budinscak were named today to the Verizon Academic All-District V Football Team. To be eligible, a player must be a starter or significant contributor, at least a sophomore academically, play in 75 percent of the team’s contests and have a 3.2 grade-point average or higher. It is the first such award for both Crowther and Budinscak.
Crowther, from Edina, Minn., has started all eight games for the Irish this season as the snapper on field goals, PATs and punts. Also a 2000 nominee, Crowther has been a key component in the success of junior field goal kicker Nicholas Setta, a Lou Groza Award semifinalist, and junior punter Joey Hildbold, who currently ranks 22nd in the nation in punting average. Graduating from the Mendoza College of Business in May with a degree in finance, Crowther has a 3.677 grade-point average and has been on the dean’s list five of six semesters while at Notre Dame.
Budinscak, from Bridgewater, N.J. has seen action in eight games for the Irish in 2001, starting against West Virginia. He has recorded seven tackles this season, including a career-high three against nationally-ranked Texas A&M. Enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, Budinscak has a 3.273 grade-point average.
Crowther and Budinscak are both eligible for Verizon Academic All-America honors announced later this winter.