Newsome is a very unique punter who came out of Notre Dame with the highest punt average in school history. Standing at 6-foot-3 feet and weighing 214 pounds, it’s not his size that astonishes, but his overall strength and his powerful leg that can flip the field anytime.
To attest for his strength are the 30 reps on the bench press he logged at Notre Dame’s pro day. If you need context, Joey Bosa made 24 reps, Jerry Tillery made 24 and Denzel Perryman, 27. We are talking about a punter with the strength of a defensive lineman or a linebacker. In fact, his 30 reps would have tied for second at the combine among linebackers. Let that sink in.
As a four year starter with the Fighting Irish, he racked up records and had some legendary games.
He is a brilliant fit for the team, as Slap the Sign, the FanSided page that covers Notre Dame Football pointed out four months ago. Here they also give us an idea of how he can take over a game with his monster leg:
He proved to be the most deadly weapon Notre Dame had, as he set the school record for single-game punting average with five boots averaging 59.6 yards. All five punts traveled over 50-yards, with three going north of 60-yards — including a 63-yarder to help seal the win late in the fourth quarter.
If there is someone that can complement the Money Badger (a.k.a. Badgley) in style, it’s the mullet-rocking talented rookie Newsome.