Brindza, Atkinson on CFPA watch list

Notre Dame has two more players on College Football Performance Awards watch lists.

Placekicker Kyle Brindza and kick returner George Atkinson III both made the special teams watch list, joining Stephon Tuitt and Prince Shembo as Irish players to make the CFPA preseason watch lists.

Brindza is one of 32 placekickers on the list, while Atkinson III is one of 36 kick returners to be honored.

All CFPA recipients are picked by "objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams," according to the release.