Is Ben Koyack Ready to Step Up as Notre Dame's Starting Tight End?

By Korey Beckett
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If things go the way they are planned, Ben Koyack will be a starter for Notre Dame in 2013 at tight end. Coming out of High School, Koyack was a five-star recruit who many though the Irish could lean on for big plays once Tyler Eifert left for the NFL. There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding Junior, though. After a Sophomore campaign where a lot of people thought he would show that he’s ready for the torch in the line of very good Notre Dame tight ends, he barely showed a spark. He ended the season with just three catches for a total of 35 yards.

So Notre Dame is forced to question his abilities. With Troy Niklas and Alex Welch also fighting with Koyack on the depth chart, can we expect the former blue chip prospect to even start in 2013? In terms of size, he’s nearly identical to Eifert. Both are right around six-and-a-half feet and near 250 pounds, so what is holding Koyack back from being identical to Eifert in terms of production?

Well, first off, it’s hard to even get playing time when an All-American like Eifert is on the roster. So let’s not count Koyack out quite yet. Again, he’s only going to be a Junior in 2013, so there is still time for improvement. If he doesn’t show it at the Spring Game coming up in April, though, don’t expect him to be on the top of the depth chart heading into preseason training camp. Let’s hope that Eifert wasn’t the last great tight end to play for Notre Dame, but unless we see some improvement from Koyack soon, he may break the chain of greatness in 2013.

Korey Beckett is a writer for and can be contacted at for questions or comments.

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