Eifert finalist for Mackey Award
Tyler Eifert has been named one of three finalists for the John Mackey Award, which is given to college football's top tight end.
Eifert leads Division-I tight ends with 53 receptions and ranks second among all tight ends with 634 receiving yards. Eifert has caught five touchdown passes and is one shy of tying Ken MacAfee's school record for TD receptions in a season.
The 53 catches by Eifert are the second most by a Notre Dame tight end and is one shy of MacAfee's mark set in 1977. Eifert's receiving yards total is tied for the second most in school history with John Carlson's 2006 total and only trails MacAfee's 1977 output of 797 yards.
Eifert has registered a career-best eight catches on three occasions this year. Both his 80 career receptions and his 966 career yards rank fifth in Notre Dame history.
Along with Eifert, Clemson's Dwayne Allen and Orson Charles of Georgia have also been named finalists. The three finalists were determined by confidential balloting of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee. The 2011 John Mackey Award winner will be presented live on ESPNU at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.
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