2013 Top 25 Player Countdown: No. 24

Our countdown of Notre Dame's Top 25 players for 2013 continues today with No. 24.

No. 24: Kyle Brindza, Junior K

Previous ranking: No. 24

Making the case: Brindza entered 2012 responsible for only kickoffs, then found himself kicking a game-winning 27-yard field goal in Week 2 against Purdue after Nick Tausch suffered a groin injury. He made 23 of 31 field goals on the season, the most makes in a single season in school history. He came up with a clutch 22-yarder in the rain to send the Stanford game into overtime, then hit five in the regular-season finale win at USC, including a 52-yarder. This spring Brindza also doubled as the Irish's punter, though those duties remain up in the air this fall with Wake Forest transfer Alex Wulfeck in the fold.

The countdown

No. 25 Greg Bryant