Notre Dame Tight End Kyle Rudolph Enters 2011 NFL Draft

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Notre Dame junior tight end Kyle Rudolph (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) will forgo his final season and make himself available for the 2011 NFL Draft, Rudolph announced Wednesday.

The 6-6, 265-pounder leaves Notre Dame with the fourth-most receptions and receiving yards by a tight end for a career in school history.

“Notre Dame is such a special place and because of all the people I met over the last three years this decision was very tough for me,” Rudolph said. “I truly feel I have grown up here and this has become a home away from home
for me.”

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Kyle Rudolph, Tight Ends Key Playmakers in Irish Offense

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Back in the Lou Holtz era, people following Notre Dame closely would often say “why don’t they throw to the tight ends more?” That will certainly not be an issue this year as ND can boast of Kyle Rudolph, a 6-6 265 lb junior from Cincinnati. Of the eight semifinalists for the 2009 John Mackey Award (nation’s top tight end) he was the only sophomore, and of those eight semifinalists, he’s the only one who returns in 2010. So it’s safe to say he’s the early favorite for the award this fall.

This is what Mike Denbrock, Notre Dame Tight Ends Coach said about Kyle Rudolph.

“Kyle is certainly a gifted athlete, not only athletically as far as his ability to run and catch the football and block, but he has an understanding of the game of football that I think is very advanced. There are very few things you can throw in Kyle Rudolph’s direction that he isn’t prepared for therefore, making him a pretty valuable guy to have.”

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