Another great Golden Domer career has come to an end. Tyler Eifert, the top tight end in Notre Dame Fighting Irish history will forgo his senior season of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft this April. Eifert has had an outstanding career at Notre Dame and will make an NFL team very happy for years to come.
Eifert, an Indiana local product from Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne, played tight end and defensive back at the high school level. Eifert had multiple scholarship offers including Purdue and Minnesota before deciding to play for the Irish. Eifert arrived on the Notre Dame campus in 2009 and as a freshman Eifert suffered a season ended back injury in the opening game against Nevada. Notre Dame coaches chose to redshirt Eifert and added the year of eligibility at the end of his career.
In his sophomore season, Eifert backed up Kyle Rudolph in the beginning of the season before being inserted as a starter after an injury to Rudolph. He finished his sophomore year with 27 receptions for 352 yards and two touchdowns.
Eifert went into his junior year as the starter, and he more than doubled his receiving production. He finished the year with 63 receptions for 803 yards and five touchdowns. Eifert drew national attention that season being named a finalist for the Mackey Award, the most outstanding tight-end in college football.
In his final year at Notre Dame, Eifert already one of the top receiving tight ends, continued to develop as a blocker. His blocking emergence showed throughout the season making him the all around top tight end in the country. Eifert finished the season with 60 catches for 485 yards and four touchdowns on his way to becoming the most outstanding tight-end in college football, the Mackey Award winner.
Eiffert was honored with his parents on senior day and his name will remain in the Notre Dame record book for years to come. Eifert leaves as the all-time leader in receptions for a tight end at Notre Dame breaking the previous record held by Ken MacAfee since 1977.