It has been a couple of really good weeks for juniors Manti Te’o and Tyler Eifert. On Wednesday, things got even better for the two Irish players as Te’o and Eifert were named second-team All-Americans by the Associated Press.
The Notre Dame linebacker lead the Irish in tackles (115), tackles for loss (13) and sacks (4.5) despite playing on a bad ankle all season long. Te’o was given second-team Walter Camp All-American honors last week as well as the same accolades from Capitol One.
Eifert led all tight ends in the country in catches with 57 and was second in receiving yards at 713. Like Te’o, the Irish tight end has picked up plenty of honors as well. Just last week, he was a finalist for the Mackey Award and was named a first-team Walter Camp All-American.
Te’o announced that he will be back for his senior season, but Irish faithful are still awaiting on word from Eifert. He is in the middle of the process of receiving an evaluation from the NFL about his draft status and should come to a decision on his future by early January.
Lets just hope that he will be back in blue and gold next year. The Irish do have some talent at the position behind Eifert on the depth chart, but it is extremely unproven.