Jack Swarbrick discusses the announcement that Charlie Weis will not be retained as head coach.
CAREER: Local product has played in 22 games for the Irish in his career, purely as a kickoff specialist ... has averaged 60.4 yards per kick on 107 attempts ... landed nine of those tries in the end zone for a touchback ... did not see action as a sophomore in 2007 ... has yet to attempt a field goal in a college game.
2008 (JUNIOR): Played in all 13 games for the Irish on the kickoff unit ... boomed the ball 62 times for 3,789 yards (61.1 avg.) on the year ... added one touchback on the year and only kicked the ball out of bounds twice ... key member of kickoff team that ranked first in the nation in fewest return yards allowed per kick ... first time that Notre Dame has led the nation in kickoff return defense in school history.
2007 (SOPHOMORE): Did not see game action in 2007.
2006 (FRESHMAN): Strong-legged kicker became the kickoff specialist after Bobby Renkes was injured in the fourth game of the season vs. Michigan State ... Burkhart kicked off in final nine games (including Sugar Bowl vs. LSU) and made 45 special-teams appearances.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from Northwood High School ... named to Indiana Top 50 all-state team as its only placekicker by Indiana Football Coaches Association ... helped Northwood High School to Indiana Class 3A state crown in 2005 ... Northwood won state crown after 2-5 league mark and 9-6 overall record that included six straight wins to finish the season ... hit 12 of 22 field-goal attempts as senior in '05 (including 53-yarder in season opener) and punted 47 times for 35.5 average ... connected on eight of 11 field goals, including seven of eight from 40 yards or more, and also punted 36 times for 39.6 average as junior in 2004 ... punted 20 times for 37.7-yard average as a sophomore in 2003 and hit 50 PATs ... Indiana Class 3A all-state pick as junior by both Associated Press, IFCA and Bloomington Herald-Times ... first-team all-conference punter and kicker as senior and junior ... kicked two 49-yard field goals in one game in 2004 ... won sectional final game as sophomore with field goal with 37 seconds left ... helped team to Northern Lakes Conference title as junior ... attended Notre Dame football camp in summer of 2005 ... born March 30, 1987 ... son of Tim and Anne Burkhart ... high school coach was Rich Dodson ... enrolled in Mendoza College of Business, majoring in management-consulting and psychology.