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This Guy Plays Notre Dame Football: #19 Jay Bramblett, Punter

Get to know the true freshman punter who has to replace a senior captain with a legendary head of hair

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And so begins another round of “This Guy Plays Notre Dame Football” here on OFD. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a roster full of players, and we want to talk about them all. One Foot Down’s player profile series will take a look at every single one of them, and hopefully we all learn a little bit more about these guys, and Notre Dame’s chances for the upcoming 2019 season.

#19 Jay Bramblett, P

Jay Bramblett signed with the rest of his 2019 class (minus Isaiah Foskey) back in December 2018 as a 3-star, Army All-American punter who held another offer from the Missouri Tigers and was beginning to receive some interest from his home state Alabama Crimson Tide when he made things official with the Irish.

He was a solid punter in high school, according to this profile by Irish Illustrated, averaging 45.1 yards per punt with a long of 59.

Even more interestingly, though, Bramblett also played QB for his high school, putting up pretty decent stats as the field general: 2,341 yards at a 68% completion clip, along with 18 touchdowns and just 6 interceptions.

Sounds like we’ve got ourselves another Hunter Smith out here with some QB skills, eh?

The above sentence was an excuse for me to post a video about Hunter Smith’s music career after his career as a punter — and as the perpetual emergency QB behind Peyton Manning and Jim Sorgi for my beloved Colts.

Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi, or Chicago

“...Ready For It?” - Taylor Swift

This is the question being asked of Jay Bramblett heading into this season, and no matter what his response is (I’m assuming the kid would give a resounding “Hell yeah!” in response), it’s coming. He’s going to be the starting punter at the University of Notre Dame. Here’s hoping he is indeed ready for it.

Also, just wanted to quickly say: I forgot that this song kinda bangs. I’m a fan.

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Doing our best to make sure you know which one of man’s best friends match each Notre Dame player.


Shout out to my man Jude for the assist on this one — punters are always trying to pin the ball in a certain location on the field, so a pointer just seems like a perfect fit here.

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2019 Outlook

Whether the young Bramblett is ready or not, he’s almost certainly going to be the starting punter in 2019 with the graduation of Tyler Newsome.

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Newsome had been a mainstay at the position, having handled the punting duties since his freshman season in 2015. He was the first exclusively-a-punter captain in program history and, although he wasn’t a Hunter Smith level talent, he was a reliable guy back there who would occasionally pin opposing teams inside the 10-yard-line.

So, Bramblett is going to be the guy for punts now, which should be interesting to watch. Newsome was fine as a freshman, and I expect Bramblett to be similar — show a decent leg, be fairly consistent, but not particularly dazzle just yet, considering his youth and inexperience. Hopefully Chip Long’s offense continues to be pretty productive with Ian Book running the show, limiting the need for Bramblett to take on a lot of field-position-shifting responsibility in close games.

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