Notre Dame Postgame Notes vs. Rice

Notre Dame took down Rice, 48-17

2005 (SENIOR): Ranks among the all-time Notre Dame leaders in several season and career kicking and scoring categories: point-after (PAT) kicks made in a season (50, first) and a career (101, third), consecutive PATs made (61, streak ended vs. Stanford), PATs attempted in a season (51, second) and a career (104, seventh), PAT percentage for a season (.980, ninth) and a career (.971, fourth), points by kicking in a season (83, fourth) and a career (203, fifth), and overall career scoring (203, tenth) ... has started all 11 games at punter and placekicker, giving him 31 career starts (all consecutive) ... has scored 83 points this season (33 on field goals, 50 on point-after conversions) ... is averaging 40.0 yards per punt this season (1,561 yards on 39 attempts) with a long of 60 while placing 10 punts inside the opposition's 20-yard line ... has made 11 of 17 field goal attempts and is 50-of-51 on point-after conversion attempts ... punted three times against Pittsburgh, averaging 45.7 yards per kick ... also was perfect on six extra point attempts versus the Panthers ... punted nine times for 371 yards against Michigan (41.2 average) ... kicked his first field goal of the season, a 43-yarder, to give the Irish a 17-3 lead in an eventual 17-10 victory ... made field goals of 48 and 44 yards against Michigan State and missed a 48-yarder against the Spartans ... his 44-yarder in overtime gave the Irish a 41-38 lead ... averaged 40 yards per punt on four attempts, including a long of 50 yards, and placed two punts inside the 20 against MSU ... was not charged with a missed PAT on a botched conversion versus Washington due to a bad snap and hold ... made three field goals (25, 39, and 25 yards), converted all three point-after attempts, and punted once for 33 yards against Washington ... converted all seven point-after attempts against Purdue, in addition to punting twice for a 36.5-yard average (long of 41) ... punted five times for a 39.8-yard average (long of 45) against USC, including placing two punts inside the Trojans 20-yard line ... made a 32-yard field goal against USC to give the Irish a 24-21 lead in the fourth period, but later missed from 35 yards out ... scored seven points versus USC, hitting the field goal and all four extra-point attempts ... punted five times for a 44.2-yard average (long of 51) against BYU ... scored seven points versus BYU, all on point-after conversions ... made two field goals (36 and 28 yards) and scored 11 points while punting five times for a 34.6-yard average (long of 44) against Tennessee ... did not punt against Navy (first time since the 1993 Pittsburgh game the Irish did not attempt a punt), but made all six point-after conversions in the victory ... made two field goals (44 and 29 yards) in four attempts against Syracuse, and punted three times for a 41.3-yard average, placing two inside the Orange 20-yard line ... punted twice for a 35-yard average, placing one inside the Cardinal 20-yard line, and missed both field goal attempts while battling through an injury ... has logged 170 special teams appearances.

2004 (SENIOR): Served as the Irish's punter and kicker ... led the team in scoring with 67 points ... was 11-of-15 in field goal attempts and 34-of-35 in extra point attempts ... punted a career-high 76 times for 3,175 yards (41.8 average) ... posted 12 punts of more than 50 yards ... connected on a season-long 47-yard field goal against Navy ... also hit a 20-yarder versus the Midshipmen ... made a game-tying 45-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter against Pittsburgh ... pinned three of his four punts against the Panthers inside the 20-yard line ... eight punts for 351 yards against USC ... made a 28-yard field goal against the Trojans ... had a season-high 10 punts versus Tennessee for a total of 398 yards (39.8-yard avg.) with a long of 52 yards ... connected on a 39-yard field goal against the Volunteers ... made a 38-yard field goal versus Stanford ... punted six times for 267 yards (44.5-yard avg.) with a career-long of 67 yards versus Boston College ... hit a 43-yard field goal against the Eagles ... had a 59-yard punt versus Purdue ... made a 45-yard field goal against Washington ... had seven punts against the Huskies for a total of 322 yards (46-yard average) with a long of 54 yards ... made a 21-yard field goal versus Brigham Young and a 23-yarder versus Michigan State ... punted 10 times versus BYU for a total of 428 yards (42.8-yard avg.) ... had seven punts for 263 yards (37.6-yard avg.) against Michigan with a long of 47 yards ... pinned 29 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line ... made 11 kickoffs for 615 yards (55.9 average) ... had three tackles on special teams ... logged 138 special teams appearances.

2003 (JUNIOR): Played in 11 games, starting eight as the placekicker and punter ... began the year backing up Nicholas Setta at kicker and punter and serving as the holder on field-goal attempts ... made 12 of 17 field-goal attempts (70.6 percent), including a long of 50 ... converted 17 of 18 point-after kicks ... was second on the team in scoring with 53 points ... punted 44 times for a 36.8-yard average, including a long of 50 yards ... downed seven punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line ... assumed kicking duties in the Pittsburgh game and maintained the job for the remainder of the season, coming in for Setta midway through the first quarter ... made two field goals versus the Panthers, hitting from 19 and 34 yards and punted five times ... converted both field goals attempted against Boston College, hitting from 38 and 27 yards ... punted eight times versus Florida State, averaging 41.1 yards per punt, including a 49-yarder ... kicked a career-long 40-yard field goal as time expired versus Navy to give the Irish a 27-24 victory over the Midshipmen ... converted a 30-yard field goal earlier versus Navy to tie the game in the fourth quarter ... also punted four times versus Navy, including a career-long 50-yarder ... made four field goals against Brigham Young (27, 31, 34, 38) in a 33-14 win ... booted two field goals against Syracuse, including a career-long 50-yarder ... made the final eight field-goal attempts of the season ... logged 142 special teams appearances.

2002 (SOPHOMORE): Played in one game (Rutgers) and punted once for 31 yards against the Scarlet Knights.

2001 (FRESHMAN): Did not see action as a freshman kicker/punter.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Marian High School in Mishawaka, Ind. ... first-team all-state defensive back and punter his senior season ... all-state honorable mention kicker and defensive back as a junior ... a four-year letterman and senior captain ... totalled 204 career points ... recorded 58 solo tackles, 51 assists and nine interceptions as a defensive back ... also had a punting average of 38.5 yards a kick as a senior with 153 point-after converion kicks, 13 field goals and 10 touchbacks ... was captain of the state championship golf team his senior year ... full name is Daniel Joseph Fitzpatrick ... born Nov. 15, 1982, oldest of four children ... father is owner/founder of Quality Dining in Mishawaka ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business with a major in accounting.

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D.J. Fitzpatrick
D.J.  Fitzpatrick


Granger, IN

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Height / Weight:
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