Notre Dame Placekicker: a Contemporary “Rudy”


The story of a walk-on making a big name for himself in college football is extremely rare. The biggest one of all, Daniel F. “Rudy” Ruettiger occurred at Notre Dame in the 1970s. You know it from the 1993 film “Rudy,” quite possibly the best football movie ever made. But there’s a similar plot-line occurring within Notre Dame’s current football program.

And it involves David Ruffer, a walk-on who now holds the school record for most consecutive field goals. And he did it with a 50-yarder in the win over Pittsburgh.

I should also mention that he’s never missed a Field Goal attempt in his two seasons (17 for 17 over 10 games).

By Paul M. Banks

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