Pitt punter Kirk Christodoulou is halfway across the world, but already has a nearby friend.
By Brian Batko / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
He’s got the accent. He’s got the charm. Now, Pitt will find out if he’s got the leg and the rest of the skills needed to be an ACC punter.
Kirk Christodoulou, straight out of Melbourne, Australia, arrived in Oakland earlier this month as one of Pitt’s five early enrollees. He doesn’t play the glamorous position of quarterback, and he’s not a hulking specimen like a lineman, but Christodoulou could become the cult hero of this recruiting class given his background.
“It’s been really exciting,” Christodoulou, who made his verbal commitment in July, said earlier this month soon after his arrival. “It’s pretty weird, to be able to fly over. Obviously I’ve had this offer for a little while, but finally, actually getting over here is a lot different than just talking about getting over here. I’m really loving it. All the coaches are inviting and welcoming, so I feel like part of the family already.”
Christodoulou (pronounced chris-ta-DOO-loo) is a 6-foot-2, 210-pound former Australian rules football player who transitioned to American football full time, focusing on punting. Pitt found him via the same ProKick Australia program that has provided college football with some of its top kickers and punters. Heck, even the Steelers have benefited from it — starting punter Jordan Berry is an alum and friend of Christodoulou’s.
Turning 20 in March, Christodoulou is older than most freshmen, so he wanted to get an early start on college life by enrolling for the spring semester. Problem was, once he got to Pittsburgh, he wasn’t quite ready for the cold and snow of this unforgiving climate. Have no fear, Berry was here.
“It’s good to have him,” Christodoulou said with a big smile. “The first night I got here, I didn’t have any bedding or sheets or anything, so I was a bit callous the next day. I sent him a text: ‘Hey Jord, you’ve go to take me out. I’m freezing. I need something.’ “
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