Justin Yoon
Kicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1995-10-07) October 7, 1995 (age 25)
Place of birth: Nashville, Tennessee
Career information
College: University of Notre Dame
Undrafted in 2019
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Career highlights and awards
* ESPN Freshman All-American (2015)

Justin Yoon (born October 7, 1995) is a Korean-American football kicker who is currently a free agent. He played college football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

High school

Yoon, born in Ohio,[2] who grew up playing ice hockey while living in Nashville, TN,[3] played both hockey and football while attending Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts. Yoon attended Harding Academy and Montgomery Bell Academy while living in Nashville. Despite only beginning to play football in eighth grade while at Harding Academy, Yoon was 9 of 11 on field goals, 38 of 39 on point after attempts and had 37 touchbacks in 53 kickoff attempts during his junior season at Milton. As a result, he was named PrepStar All-East Region for Massachusetts.[4] Yoon then missed much of his senior season due to injury. Yoon was still invited to and able to participate in the Under Armour All-America Game where he kicked three field goals, one from each 31, 32 and 47 yards, and was 5 of 5 on point after attempts.[5] His 47-yard field goal set the record for the longest made field goal in Under Armour All-America Game's history.[6] On February 4, 2015, National Signing Day, Yoon signed to play college football at Notre Dame.[7]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Justin Yoon
Kicker
[[Nashville, Tennessee]] Milton Academy 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jun 24, 2014 
Scout:75px   Rivals:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 78
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 1 (K)   Rivals: 1 (K), 1 (MA)  ESPN: 2 (K), 1 (MA), 77 (regional)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

College career

As incumbent starting kicker Kyle Brindza had graduated and left for the NFL the previous spring, Yoon immediately became the starting kicker for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame sophomore Tyler Newsome handled the punting and kickoff duties, while Yoon handled field goals and point after attempts. After beginning the season 3 of 5 on field goal attempts, Yoon ended the season a perfect 12 of 12 on field goals. Yoon quickly became affectionately known by the moniker “YOOOON” that Notre Dame fans cheer during his kicks.[8] By the end of the regular season, Yoon was 46 of 48 on point after attempts and 15 of 17 on field goals, including a successful 52-yard field goal in a win over Navy.[9] Ranking as high as fourth in the College Football Playoff rankings, the 10–2 Fighting Irish finished the season ranked eighth in the CFP rankings and earned a spot in the New Year's Six Fiesta Bowl. For his efforts, Yoon was named an ESPN Freshman All-American at the end of the season.[10]

In 2018, during a 45–23 win over Virginia Tech, Yoon became Notre Dame's all-time leading scorer with 322 career points.[11]

Professional career

After not being selected in the 2019 NFL Draft, Yoon tried out for the Chicago Bears at their rookie mini-camp in early May,[12] but was not signed.[13]

Personal

Yoon is of Korean descent and his father, Jiseop, was an Olympic figure skater.[14]

His mother, Mihwa, owns and manages a pharmacy.[15][16]

References

  1. "FWAA > News > Freshman All-America Team". http://www.sportswriters.net/fwaa/news/2015/allamerica160111.html.
  2. "Yoon speaks softly, carries a big boot". October 28, 2012. https://www.espn.com/blog/boston/high-school/post/_/id/19584.
  3. "Milton Acad.'s Yoon more than just a kicker". October 22, 2014. https://www.espn.com/blog/boston/high-school/post/_/id/34375.
  4. "Notre Dame signee Justin Yoon embraces pressure of starting opportunity". NDinsider.com. 2015-04-09. http://www.ndinsider.com/recruiting/notre-dame-signee-justin-yoon-embraces-pressure-of-starting-opportunity/article_f2c61a36-def9-11e4-aa4a-379da9b516e7.html. Retrieved 2015-12-23.
  5. "#19 Justin Yoon". UND.com. 2015-02-05. http://www.und.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/justin_yoon_976665.html. Retrieved 2015-12-23.
  6. "Under Armour All-America Game 2015: Complete Box Score and Recruit Analysis". BleacherReport.com. 2015-01-02. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2311924-under-armour-all-america-game-2015-complete-box-score-and-recruit-analysis. Retrieved 2015-12-23.
  7. "Notre Dame football notebook". ElkhartTruth.com. 2015-02-06. http://www.elkharttruth.com/sports/college-sports/notre-dame-university/2015/02/06/Notre-Dame-football-notebook.html. Retrieved 2015-12-23.[dead link]
  8. "He'll Make You Swoon: Justin Yoon '19". HerCampus.com. 2015-09-25. http://www.hercampus.com/school/notre-dame/hell-make-you-swoon-justin-yoon-19. Retrieved 2015-12-23.
  9. "Justin Yoon". ESPN.com. 2015-12-22. http://espn.go.com/college-football/player/gamelog/_/id/3932452/justin-yoon. Retrieved 2015-12-23.
  10. "The ESPN.com True Freshman All-America Team". ESPN.com. 2015-12-17. http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/14379853/texas-alabama-lead-2015-true-freshman-all-america-team. Retrieved 2015-12-23.
  11. Barnett, Zach (October 7, 2018). "Notre Dame K Justin Yoon sets Irish all-time scoring record". College Football Talk. https://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/10/07/notre-dame-k-justin-yoon-sets-irish-all-time-scoring-record/. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  12. Finley, Patrick (May 3, 2019). "Derby weekend: All eyes on 8 kickers during Bears rookie minicamp". Chicago Sun-Times. https://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/bears-kickers-robbie-gould-chris-blewitt-redford-jones-john-baron-elliott-fry-rookie-minicamp/. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  13. Eurich, Matt (May 6, 2019). "Chicago Bears release kickers John Baron and Redford Jones". 247Sports.com. https://247sports.com/nfl/chicago-bears/Article/John-Baron-Redford-Jones-Bears-release-131815571/. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  14. "Behind The Recruit: Yoon Likes Big Stage". IrishSportsDaily.com. 2015-02-05. Archived from the original on 2016-01-05. https://web.archive.org/web/20160105093912/http://www.irishsportsdaily.com/2015/02/05/behind-recruit-yoon-likes-big-stage/. Retrieved 2015-12-23.
  15. "Justin Yoon's Epic Journey". Bleacher Report. https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2811749-justin-yoon-sets-records-at-notre-dame-while-staying-true-to-south-korean-roots.
  16. "From clueless about football to kicking at Notre Dame: a journey from South Korea". USA Today. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2018/09/20/notre-dame-korean-placekicker-closing-school-scoring-record/1369151002/.

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