Notre Dame Tight End Tyler Eifert Returning for Senior Year

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Notre Dame junior tight end Tyler Eifert will remain at Notre Dame for his senior year and not enter the 2012 NFL Draft.

Eifert graded out as a third round prospect by the draft committee, just the perfect place to make the decision a very gray area. He will not follow in the footsteps of Kyle Rudolph, who had a very easy decision in declaring for the draft last year. Rudolph graded out as a first round prospect, and left South Bend to become a Minnesota Vikings’ second round pick.

A 2011 first-team All-American, Eifert led FBS tight ends with 63 receptions and 803 receiving yards. He broke Notre Dame’s record for most catches and receiving yards in a season by a tight end.

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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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