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Irish Insights


A look at special teams

SOUTH BEND – Notre Dame showed some of its punt team and kickoff return team for short periods during Friday's practice, which was open to the media.

The Irish plan to use junior kicker Kyle Brindza for kicking and punting duties, and that didn't change Friday as he was the first punter up.

Brindza had two good punts that traveled at least 45 yards with good hang time, but he also had one that went about 35 yards and wobbled off his foot.

Alex Wulfeck, who transferred to Notre Dame from Wake Forest, also kicked a few punts. His first attempt was impressive as he had to scrap a low snap off the turf but still knocked the punt about 40 yards.

The thing that stood out most about Wulfeck was his size. The senior is listed at 5-foot-7, 154 pounds.

Notre Dame didn't return any punts Friday, but the Irish had receiver TJ Jones along with running backs Amir Carlisle, Greg Bryant and Tarean Folston catching punts.

Carlisle, Bryant and Folston along with running back George Atkinson III and cornerback KeiVarae Russell fielded kickoffs out of the JUGS machine.