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Record-setting Tyler Eifert is the total package at tight end

Updated: December 19, 2012 4:02PM



SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly raved about senior Tyler Eifert on Saturday not just for becoming the school’s all-time leader in receptions by a tight end, but for passing up the NFL to return to school and get his degree.Count Wake Forest coach

Jim Grobe among those who probably wish Eifert would have left early.

“What we find so often in tight ends is they’re one or the other,” Grobe said after Eifert had six catches (his third consecutive six-catch game) for 85 yards and a touchdown. “They’re big guys [who are] really good blockers, or they’re undersized guys that can run and catch a football. He’s the perfect combination.”

Eifert’s sixth catch pushed him ahead of

Ken MacAfee with 130 catches in his career.

Brotherly shove

When George Atkinson III scored from 9 yards out in the third quarter, he got a key block from Martin — sophomore Nick Martin , that is, not senior tackle Zack Martin . Both brothers were on the line together, along with brothers Mike Golic. Jr. (a fifth-year senior) and tight end Jake Golic (a senior).

“That was awesome,” Zack Martin said. “It was a pretty special moment.”

Good Wood

Tailback Cierre Wood ran for 150 yards on 11 carries — his third 100-yard game of the season — including a 68-yard touchdown run on the fourth play of the game. “It gave us a big charge, it was right off the bat, bam, touchdown,” receiver

T.J. Jones said. “We started fast, executed, and it showed us, here’s where we can take our offense.”



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