Notre Dame punter puts up 30 bench press reps at Pro Day

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Move over, Steve Weatherford. There’s a new candidate for America’s strongest punter.

That’s former Notre Dame punter Tyler Newsome, who did 30 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press at Notre Dame’s Pro Day, according to Pete Sampson of TheAthletic.com.

That would be a great total for any position; it would have been second at the Scouting Combine among linebackers, fifth among defensive linemen and sixth among offensive linemen.

After Newsome was elected as a Notre Dame team captain last year, he said, “I’m a football player first and specialist second. My mindset is I am one of the guys. It’s nice to know that my teammates also respect me in that same way.”

It’s hard not to respect a punter who can lift like a lineman.

15 responses to “Notre Dame punter puts up 30 bench press reps at Pro Day

  1. OK. How is that useful to a punter?
    I remember the Steelers had a kid a while back who was a P/LB in college. It’s nice if your punter can make tackles, but if you’re relying on him to do it regularly you have bigger problems.

  2. I don’t understand the fascination with just about anything related to Notre Dame. Thirty reps? So what? Steve Paea did 49 in 2011 and didn’t do jack for my Bears. Don’t think he’s even playing anymore. It’s not important for punters to have nice pecs.

  3. I don’t understand the fascination with just about anything related to Notre Dame. Thirty reps? So what? Steve Paea did 49 in 2011 and didn’t do jack for my Bears. Don’t think he’s even playing anymore. It’s not important for punters to have nice pecs. Paea played 7 years in the nfl that’s hardly jack also this kid is a punter not a linemen 30 reps shows good strength and that what the test is for.

  4. Great story

    As much as we love watching feeble tackles & skinny guys getting clobbered, you have to show some respect when a guy throws up over 6K in 30 reps on the bench. That’s beastly….

  5. I’m sure that clown Jason Licht and the Buccaneers will trade up to draft him in the 2nd roundd…..Aguayo style

  6. Are NFL owners paying their personnel people to participate in these events? NFL scouting is at an all time low. Part of the reason Bill Belichick is able to have his dynasty is because he knows what he’s doing. The other part is because the other teams don’t have a clue.

  7. I remember when Lou used to put the Punter in a different locker room! He didn’t even treat them like part of the team. Looks like things have changed.

  8. daddeeo says:
    March 20, 2019 at 3:00 pm
    I remember when Lou used to put the Punter in a different locker room! He didn’t even treat them like part of the team. Looks like things have changed.
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    I doubt much has changed. Punters and Kickers don’t practice with the rest of the team, but they might lift during gym time.

    They are off in their own little world during practice.

  9. “Steve Paea did 49 in 2011 and didn’t do jack for my Bears”

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    Steven Paea was actually a pretty good defensive tackle for a while. Your Bears lost him in free agency to the Redskins, if I remember correctly, because they offered a bigger contract based on his run stoppage work. So yeah, he actually did do well for your Bears.

    And while 30 reps doesn’t much for a punter on the field, I don’t see why everyone hates the guy for just being strong for some reason. If he did 2 reps, I guess that would make you happy…?

  10. Is it legal to punt the ball with your arm – maybe like the underhand serve in volleyball? If so great, if not, then I’m not really impressed that a punter can lift.

  11. Good old Tyler “Chickenlegs” Newsome. That punter sure can throw the weight up on the bench press.

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