Pete DiPrimio, sports columnist and college beat writer for The News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., takes his best shots on the world of Notre Dame football.

Tuesday, November 14

You Pick The Irish Kicker

Looks like it's time to tell Carl Gioia to take a hike. No, not literally, but he's on the verge of losing his kicking job. Actually, he's spending this week trying to win it back.

Coach Charlie Weis had enough after three missed extra points against Air Force. No, it didn't matter that two were blocked.

Gioia has now missed four extra points this season, which is really bad. He's made 7 of 11 field goals, which isn't terrible, although Weis only lets him kick in situations he has a realistic chance of making.

Anyway, Gioia, Ryan Burkhart and Bobby Renkes will compete this week to see who kicks against Army, and, perhaps the rest of the season.

Let's face it. The Irish won't need a kicker Saturday against Army. They will the next week against UCS and they will against whatever bowl opponent they face.

So who would you like to see kick? Let us know and we'll post your comments


Anonymous Anonymous said...

They'll be taking a look at Freshman Walk-on Nate Whittaker as well (one kick-off in the Stanford game)

November 16, 2006 1:30 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would take Reggie Ho. Too bad he doesn't any eligibility left.

November 17, 2006 12:57 AM

Blogger Pete DiPrimio said...

Gioia is still the man.

November 18, 2006 1:33 PM


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