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December 2019

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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12 DECEMBER 2019 BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED UNDER THE DOME Irish student-athletes excelling on the field and in the classroom Kyle Hamilton — Football The freshman safety from Atlanta was named to the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week for the second time this season following Notre Dame's 40-7 victory over Boston College Nov. 23. He was credited with three tackles and recorded his team-best fourth inter- ception of the year against the Eagles. Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, Hamilton's four picks were tied for 15th nationally and tied for first among freshmen. Anna Rohrer — Cross Country The graduate student from Mishawaka, Ind., became the first four-time All-American in women's cross country program his- tory, placing 17th to lead the Fighting Irish to a 15th-place team finish. Rohrer ran with the lead pack throughout the 6K course, finishing in 20:28.3. It was the culmi- nation of her collegiate cross country career, ending on the same course she grew up on as a high school runner in Indiana. Destinee Walker — Basketball The graduate transfer from North Carolina put together her best game in an Irish uniform, helping Notre Dame rally for a 76-72 victory at No. 21 Michigan Nov. 23. She scored a season- high 27 points and equaled her career best with five made three-pointers. In her first six games with the Irish, Walker was averaging 15.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.2 steals in 35.9 minutes per outing. Zac Yeadon — Swimming The junior from San Antonio recorded a time of 14:32.48 en route to win- ning the 1,650 freestyle at the Ohio State Invitational Nov. 23. The clocking repre- sented an improvement of two seconds from his previ- ous personal best and school record, and was the fastest time in the country by a wide margin. In the process, Yeadon claimed the first NCAA A-Cut qualifying time for Notre Dame this season, clinching his spot at the NCAA Championships. TOP OF THE CLASS ✦ GIMME FIVE With his 4-of-4 performance on field goals during Notre Dame's 40-7 victory versus Boston College Nov. 23, Fighting Irish junior Jonathan Doerer continued his excellence as the first-year starting placekicker while succeeding the record- breaking, four-year starter Justin Yoon. Entering the regular-season finale at Stanford Nov. 30, Doerer was 12 of 14 (85.7 percent) on field goal attempts. Particularly outstanding was his 3-of-3 output on field goals in the hard-fought 30-27 victory versus USC Oct. 12. All three came from beyond 40 yards, which made him only the second kicker in school history to convert three field goals from at least 40 yards in the same game (Dave Reeve was the other in the 16-6 win versus Michigan State in 1977). A native of Charlotte, N.C., Doerer was on pace to have one of the most accurate seasons ever at Notre Dame with respect to field goal kicking. Here are the top five, with a minimum of 15 at- tempts required to qualify: Rk. Kicker (Year) FG Pct. 1. David Ruffer (2010) 18-19 .947 2. John Carney (1984) 17-19 .895 3. Nicholas Setta (2001) 15-17 .882 Justin Yoon (2015) 15-17 .882 5. Mike Johnston (1982) 19-22 .864 CHARTING THE IRISH NICE SCENERY From coast to coast, the United States is covered with gorgeous college campuses, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Some of these campuses belong to large public universities, while others are home to small liberal arts colleges. Based on a list of the 100 Most Beau- tiful College Campuses from BestCol-, Notre Dame has the fifth most aesthetically pleasing school grounds in the country. It ranks just behind the University of Chicago and Bryn Mawr (located in Pennsylvania) for the most beautiful college campus in the Midwest. The lone 2019 Fighting Irish oppo- nent to appear higher on the list is the Virginia Cavaliers, which topped the list as the most beautiful college cam- pus in America. Also in the top 20 is Stanford University at No. 14. Three other Notre Dame opponents are on the list, all of which are private institutions. Duke University checks in at No. 29. At No. 58 is Boston College and, toward the bottom of the list at No. 80 is the University of Southern California. Getting To Know … JUNIOR DEFENSIVE TACKLE MYRON TAGOVAILOA-AMOSA Hometown: Ewa Beach, Hawai'i High school: Kapolei Major: Marketing Favorite food: "Ahi, it is a type of large tuna that is usually seared fresh." Favorite movie: "One of my all-time favorite movies is 'The Passion of the Christ.'" Favorite music: "I like to listen to R&B." Favorite musician: "You can't go wrong with Luther Vandross." Favorite TV show: "I really like 'This Is Us.'" Greatest football memory: "In seventh and eighth grade, I was the QB and had a QB sneak for 50 yards. Unfortunately, I got tackled be- fore the end zone." Who is your idol: "My grandfather is my idol." Favorite part about playing for Notre Dame: "Every time I hear the kickoff song — 'Here Come the Irish.'" Toughest player you've ever faced: "Going against Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey every day in practice." MOVING? Let us know! Call 1-800-421-7751 MOST BEAUTIFUL COLLEGE CAMPUSES Per Rk. College 1. University of Virginia* 2. Bryn Mawr College 3. University of Chicago 4. Princeton University 5. University of Notre Dame 6. Sewanee: The University of the South 7. Mount Holyoke College 8. The University of Hawai'i at Mānoa 9. Berry College 10. Amherst College 14. Stanford University* 29. Duke University* 58. Boston College* 80 . University of Southern California* * 2019 Irish opponent

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