SOPHOMORE SEASON (2012): Saw action in all 13 games ... kicked off 71 times for a combined total of 4,445 yards ... averaged 62.6 yards per kick ... recorded a touchback on 26 occasions ... connected on 23 of 31 field goals attempted ... his 23 made field goals surpassed the single-season school record previously held by John Carney (21, 1986) ... second kicker in school history to connect on at least 20 field goals in one season ... owns school record for field-goal attempts in a single season (31) - bested Carney's previous mark of 28 (1986) ... set school record for points by kicking (97) with 23 field goals and 28 extra points ... the 97 points rank seventh all-time in total scoring ... ranks eighth in school history with eight consecutive field goals ... equaled school record with five made field goals in the 22-13 victory over USC (Nov. 24) ... registered 16 points (five field goals and one extra point) against USC, which ranks fourth ... belted a 52-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to give Notre Dame a 16-10 lead over USC ... the 52-yard field goal is tied with David Ruffer (vs. Maryland, 2011) for the second-longest in school history ... rebounded from a missed field goal to play an instrumental role in the victory over Pittsburgh (Nov. 3) ... made a 37-yard field goal to send the game into double overtime ... missed a 35-yard field goal with 8:06 left in the third quarter at No. 8 Oklahoma (Oct. 27), which would have given the Irish a 13-6 lead, but he responded with a 44-yard field goal with 13:57 left in the fourth quarter to give Notre Dame a 13-6 advantage and then added a 46-yard field goal with 3:22 left in the fourth quarter to give Notre Dame a 23-13 lead ... connected on a 22-yard field goal with 20 seconds left in regulation to tie the game with Stanford, 13-13, and send it into overtime ... stepped in for an injured Nick Tausch and connected on a pair of field goals in the victory over Purdue on Sept. 8 ... after missing his first career attempt, made field goals of 30 and 27 yards ... the 27-yard field goal came with seven seconds remaining in regulation and gave the Irish a 20-17 win.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Saw action in all 13 games, serving as the team's kickoff specialist ... kicked off 71 times throughout the year, totaling 4,635 yards ... averaged 65.3 yards a kick ... forced opponents into 12 touchbacks ... averaged season-best 70.0 yards a kickoff against USC ... made two tackles on special teams
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Set Michigan state high school record with 19 made field goals as a senior in 2010, including six-of-nine from 50 yards or more ... averaged 43.2 yards per punt and 60 of 63 kickoffs resulted in touchbacks in 2010 while handling kicking and punting duties for Plymouth High School in Canton, Mich. ... played in Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C. ... rated ninth-best player in Michigan by Detroit Free Press ... named 13th-best prospect in Michigan by Detroit News ... selected to Detroit News Dream Team as junior and senior ... named first-team all-state kicker by Associated Press following senior season ... tabbed nation's best kicker by Scout.com and was rated sixth best by Rivals.com ... helped lead high school team to state championship game and 11-3 record in 2010 ... lost to Lake Orion in state finals 21-13, but recorded 70-yard punt (longest in Michigan playoff history) and booted 43-yard field goal (second longest in title game history) in the championship game ... booted 47-yard field goal into wind to secure playoff victory against archrival Canton and converted game-winning field goal with 38 seconds remaining to help Plymouth defeat Detroit Catholic Central and win the Michigan Division 1 regional championship ... averaged 48.2 yards per punt as a junior in 2009 to earn first-team Associated Press all-state honors as punter ... named all-area as sophomore in 2008 by Ann Arbor News ... converted nine field goals, with a long of 45 yards, made 24 of 29 extra-point attempts and 25 of 43 kickoffs went for touchbacks in 2008 ... in addition to football was starting goalkeeper for soccer team and threw shot put and discus for track and field team ... born in Valparaiso, Ind. ... graduated from high school in December 2010 and enrolled at Notre Dame in January 2011 ... played for coach Mike Sawchuk at Plymouth High School ... son of Tiffany Brindza ... enrolled in College of Arts and Letters, majoring in graphic design.