Our player profile series carries a little bit of history today as we look at the only walk-on to ever be awarded the honor of being a team captain for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. That of course is senior slot receiver Austin Webster.
The walk-on has been a leader in practice and a valuable member of the offensive scout team, yet only traveled with the team twice last season. It remains to be seen if his captaincy increases his chances of traveling more this year, but with multiple slot receivers in front of him on the depth chart, it would likely have to come from a special teams role.
3 Things to Know About Austin Webster:
- His only game appearance in his Notre Dame career came in 2015 at home during an Irish whooping of UMASS.
- He received the loudest ovation at the Notre Dame awards show back in December as he was able to enjoy his own Rudy moment, going from unknown to the golden spotlight in an instant.
- Athleticism can be found throughout the Webster family tree. His father played basketball at Harvard, and his grandfather played football, basketball and baseball at Rutgers.
YouTube Hot Fire:
Here’s some highlights from his high school days, where he also spent time in the secondary. Honestly, some of the hottest fire from this video comes from his defensive highlights:
I, RyChi, Dub Thee:
Austin Powers: Golddomer. Too easy.
CJ Sanders and Chris Finke both stand in the way of Webster and any playing time at the slot position. Despite the prestigious honor of being named a team captain without a scholarship to his credit, the chances of Webster finding playing time on offense this season is slim. Perhaps we will see him running routes if the Irish are enjoying a blowout win at home.
However, that doesn’t eliminate his chances from playing at all. Webster is considered a prospect for the kicking team this season, and although his quest to contribute on special teams fell short last season, he may very well accomplish that goal during his last hurrah in South Bend.