Nov. 13, 2003
Notre Dame, Ind. – Senior defensive end Kyle Budinscak and junior linebacker Brandon Hoyte today were named CoSIDA first-team Academic All-District V selections. Both advance to the national ballot for Academic All-America accolades announced later this month.
A native of Bridgewater, N.J., Budinscak is a three-time academic all-district first-team honoree. He started all eight games he played in 2003 before ending his season with a knee injury against Florida State. The senior ranks 11th on the team in tackles with 17, including three sacks and one fumble recovery. He is a mainstay on the Irish defense, which ranks 35th in the nation in rushing defense and 39th in total defense.
Budinscak has a 3.53 overall grade-point average as a finance major in the Mendoza College of Business. He has been on the Dean’s List four times during his career and has been a three-time State Farm/Westwood One Student-Athlete of the Game. Budinscak is also active in the community participating in the Boys and Girls Club of South Bend and the Tackle The Arts program.
Hoyte earned his second academic all-district nod and his initial first-team selection this year after garnering second-team accolades in 2002. The native of Parlin, N.J., Hoyte has a 3.21 grade-point average in psychology and is a two-time State Farm/Westwood One Student-Athlete of the Game. He is also extremely active in the community as he is a primary contributor to Notre Dame’s Tackle the Arts program, volunteers at a local community center and hospital in South Bend, is a student assistant at the Kaneb Center of Teaching and Learning on campus, is a board representative for the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley and runs his own snack bar out of his dorm called Bullwinkles.
On the field, Hoyte is just as talented as he has started eight of nine games for the Irish in 2003 with 58 tackles, including 35 solos. He has six tackles for loss and is currently second on the team in stops. He recorded a career-high 11 tackles versus Washington State and four tackles for loss against Purdue.
CoSIDA Academic All-District V Honorees
Russ Michna, QB, Western Illinois
P.J. Fleck, WR, Northern Illinois
John Standeford, WR, Purdue
Chris Kupec, TE, Southern Illinois
Jake Shields, RB, Indiana State
Jason Wright, RB, Northwestern
Travis Barclay, OG, Ball State
Perry Cox, OL, Western Illinois
Greg Eslinger, C, Minnesota
Marc Phillips, OL, Indiana State
Jake VerStraete, OT, Northern Illinois
Stephen Carroll, K, Illinois State
Tom Brillhart, DT, Indiana State
Kyle Budinscak, DE, Notre Dame
Luis Castillo, DT, Northwestern
Dan Kwapinski, DT, Minnesota
Brandon Hoyte, LB, Notre Dame
Landon Johnson, LB, Purdue
Royal Whitaker, LB, Southern Illinois
Jeff Backes, CB, Northwestern
Justin Isom, CB, Minnesota
Rob Lee, CB, Northern Illinois
Jim Leonhard, FS, Wisconsin
Ryan Bateman, P, Valparaiso