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    Ben Turk

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Davie, FL

    High School:
    St. Thomas Aquinas

    Height / Weight:
    5-11 / 186

    Position:
    Punter

    Birthdate:
    06/05/1990


    11/24/2012

    No. 1 Irish Top USC 22-13 to Finish Perfect Regular Season

    Notre Dame is headed to the BCS Championship game after reaching 12-0 for the first time since 1988.

    10/11/2012

    Turk Steps Up

    Senior punter proving to be a valuable commodity for Irish this season

    10/11/2012

    Turk Steps Up

    Senior punter proving to be a valuable commodity for Irish this season

    09/17/2012

    #11/15 Irish Host #18/17 Michigan In Saturday Primetime Showdown

    Notre Dame and Michigan to meet under the lights at Notre Dame Stadium for the first time since 1990 (7:39 p.m. ET, live on NBC).

    09/16/2012

    Coach Kelly Press Conference Transcript - After Michigan State

    09/15/2012

    Irish Upset #10 Michigan State On The Road, 20-3 (AP)

    Notre Dame is off to its best start since 2002.

    09/08/2012

    Brindza Kicks No. 22 Notre Dame Past Purdue 20-17 (AP)

    Tommy Rees engineers game-winning drive after taking over for injured Everett Golson.

    12/27/2010

    Day Two of 2010 Hyundai Sun Bowl Trip

    Day Two of 2010 Hyundai Sun Bowl Trip

    2012 (SENIOR): Turned in an exceptional senior year as the team's punter ... booted the ball 53 times for 2,161 yards, good for an average of 40.8 yards a punt ... had a long of 53 yards ... forced 23 fair catches and had 14 downed inside the 20 yard line ... had nine punts that went 50+ yards and only two touchbacks ... had season-best average of 44.3 in three punts at USC (Nov. 24) ... average included one 50+ yard boot ... had two 50+ yard punts against Purdue (Sept. 8) and Michigan State (Sept. 15) ... averaged 43.6 yards per punt against the Boilermakers and 42.4 yards per punt against the Spartans ... also booted two 50+ yard punts against BYU (Oct. 20) and averaged 43.8 yards per punt against the Cougars ... averaged over 40 yards per punt in seven games ... other games included 41.2 against Stanford (Oct. 13) and 40.8 against Oklahoma (Oct. 27) ... punted five times for 214 yards, a 42.8 per punt average, against Alabama in the BCS title game.


    2011 (JUNIOR): Was the team's starting punter in all 13 games ... averaged 40 yards a punt or more per game the last seven games and nine games total ... averaged a career-best 40.3 for the season, hitting 53 punts for 2,136 yards ... had a career-long 58 yarder in win vs. Maryland ... had five punts that went at least 50 yards ... forced 13 fair catches and placed 14 inside the 20 yard line ... averaged 44 yards a punt in win vs. Boston College ... also set career highs for punts, punt yards, touchbacks and fair catches against the Eagles ... stopped four punts inside the 20-yard line during Champs Sports Bowl against Florida State.

    2010 (SOPHOMORE): Took to the field as the starting punter for the Irish in all 13 games in 2010 ... punted 68 times for a total of 2,603 yards and averaged 38.3 yards per punt ... registered a career-long punt of 56 yards against Tulsa ... only 14 of 68 punts were returned ... 22 resulted in fair catches and 26 were downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line ... six punts sailed over 50 yards ... recorded four games with a punt average above 40.0 yards (Pittsburgh, Western Michigan, Navy and Tulsa) ... pinned Miami (Fla.) inside its 20-yard line on three of his four punts in the Hyundai Sun Bowl victory over the Hurricanes.

    2009 (FRESHMAN): Named starting punter for Irish midway through season and punted in six of final eight games (Washington, Boston College, USC, Washington State, Connecticut and Stanford) ... punted 26 times for an average of 38.2 yards per kick and net of 34.7 yards ... nine of his punts were downed inside 20-yard line with long punt of 53 yards ... finished season strong as three of his final eight punts traveled at least 50 yards and averaged 45.5 yards per punt in final two games combined ... made Irish debut against Washington ... landed three of five punts inside 20-yard line against USC and recorded net average of 37.0 yards per punt ... punted season-high six times against Boston College ... booted five punts against Connecticut with 47.0-yard average, highest single-game punting average by Notre Dame punter since Geoff Price averaged 47.4 yards on five punts in Sugar Bowl following 2006 season ... recorded two punts of 50 yards against Huskies and landed one punt inside 20-yard line ... punted three times for 129 yards at Stanford (43.0-yard average) including season-best 53-yard punt ... registered season-best 41.0-yard net average ... made 27 appearances on special teams.

    HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Scout.com ranked him as the third-best punter nationally ... rated the sixth-best kicker in the country by Rivals.com ... named first-team all-state for Class 5A following senior year ... selected to Florida Super 75 squad by Jacksonville Times-Union and also tabbed the state's top kicker by the Times-Union ... named first-team all-Broward County following senior season ... averaged 41 yards per punt as a junior and 39 yards per punt during his senior campaign at St. Thomas Aquinas ... landed 14 of his 28 punts inside the 20-yard line as a senior in 2008 ... high school teammate of Irish long snapper Jordan Cowart ... nephew of longtime NFL punter Matt Turk who made three Pro Bowls with Washington Redskins in 1996-97-98 (punted 1,137 times in NFL career through 2011 season) ... helped his high school to a 29-1 record as a junior and senior and was a member of 2007 and 2008 Florida Class 5A state champions ... the Raiders finished the 2008 season ranked first nationally by USA Today and ESPN Rise ... played for head coach George Smith at St. Thomas Aquinas High School ... son of Kelly and Tony Turk ...enrolled in Mendoza College of Business as a finance major.



    Turk's Career Statistics

    Year G-S No Yds Avg LG TB FC I20 50+ Blkd
    2009 6-0 26 994 38.2 53 2 13 9 3 0
    2010 13-0 68 2603 38.3 56 3 22 26 6 0
    2011 13-0 53 2136 40.3 58 4 15 18 5 0
    2012 13-0 53 2161 40.8 53 2 23 14 9 0
    Total 45-0 200 7894 39.1 58 11 73 67 23 0
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