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Ragone will be No. 2 TE if healthy

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Tyler Eifert will be the starting tight end when Notre Dame lines up against South Florida on Saturday. Because of a quadriceps injury to Mike Ragone, who will be the back up is less clear.

"They're all very equal," coach Brian Kelly said. "What put [sophomore Alex] Welch and [freshman Ben] Koyack in the mix is Mike has been slowed in camp with a quad injury. He ran yesterday for the first time. If he looks the same or better over the next couple days we expect him to be the No. 2 tight end."

Eifert filled in when starter Kyle Rudolph was injured last season, caught 27 passes for 352 yards and two touchdowns and was named the team's offensive newcomer of the year. Ragone, a fifth-year senior, has started nine games in his career. Although Welch and Koyack have yet to see action for the Irish, Kelly said he expects all four tight ends to play this season. 

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