#96 Brandon Walker
CAREER: Notre Dame placekicker from 2007-08 did not kick in 2009 while suffering from a back injury … became first left-footed kicker for Irish since Harry Oliver in 1981 … converted 20 of 36 field goals (55.6 percent) and 61 of 62 point-after touchdowns (98.4 percent) in his Irish career … ranks second in career PAT percentage at Notre Dame … has converted 58 straight PATs, fifth-best in school history … has made 13 of last 17 field-goal attempts.
2009 (JUNIOR): Did not kick during season after suffering back injury.
2008 (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in 12 of Notre Dame[apos]s 13 games (did not play vs. Boston College) and was Notre Dame[apos]s primary placekicker… connected on 14 of 24 field goal attempts and was a perfect 39 for 39 on extra point tries … led the Irish in scoring with 81 points … became the ninth kicker in school history to (with a minimum of 20 attempts) to make every PAT … recorded the sixth-most points by a kicker in a season in school history … drilled six field goals from 40-plus yards on the campaign … started slowly, converting just one of seven field goal attempts but finished making 13 of his last 17 kicks … went three for three on extra points and two for two on field goals including a 42-yarder in the win against Washington … made three more extra points in three tries and connected on four field goals in five attempts against Pittsburgh … converted on a career-best 48-yard field goal in the second overtime … was perfect on the day against Navy, converting all his extra point opportunities (three of three) and both of his field goal chances (28 yards and 36 yards) in the win … drilled a 41-yard field goal against USC in the regular-season finale.
2007 (FRESHMAN): Played in 11 games during first season (did not play at Michigan) and served as the primary placekicker … made six of 12 field goals, including a long of 48 yards … converted 22 of 23 extra points and finished the season with a team-high 40 points … first left-footed field-goal kicker for Notre Dame since Harry Oliver in `81 … averaged 56.4 yards on 13 kickoffs … one of nine freshmen to pick up their first career action for the Irish in the season opener vs. Georgia Tech … connected on his only field-goal attempt of the afternoon (24 yards) … connected his only field-goal attempt (22 yards) vs. Penn State … also connected on first PAT of the season vs. Nittany Lions… kicked an Irish career-long field goal of 48 yards in third quarter vs. UCLA … connected on a 28-yard field goal vs. Navy … also made five PATs vs. the Midshipmen … made a 28-yard field goal and was three for three on PATs vs. Air Force … made four of four PATs vs. Duke.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated as the fifth-best punter in the nation by Scout.com … received special mention all-state by the Toledo Blade as a punter following senior season … named to the all-Northwest (Ohio) district first team as a kicker … attempted only six field goals as a senior, making three including a 43-yarder, and converted 33 of 34 PATs in 2006 … connected on 10 of 14 field goals as a junior, including a school-record 50-yarder in the 2005 playoffs … played for coach Mark Ritzler at Findlay … attended the same high school as Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger … full name is Brandon J. Walker … born Sept. 27, 1988 … son of Jim and Tina Walker … enrolled in Mendoza College of Business, majoring in finance.
B. Walker[apos]s Career Statistics
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