Debuted each year at the OSCARS - the year-end highlight video provides a look back at all 26 varsity sports competed at the University of Notre Dame and is created in cooperation with the Student Welfare and Development Office and LeSea Broadcasting.
The Notre Dame football team continues its 2012 spring practice schedule and UND.com continues its daily report with a look at the team's first scrimmage of the season and onto the field with tight ends coach Scott Booker.
2012 (Senior): Started all 13 games ... tied for the team-lead in receptions (50) and led in receiving yards (685) ... tied for the team-lead with four touchdown receptions ... holds the school record for career receptions (140) and career receiving yards (1,840) by a tight end ... bested Ken MacAfee's school records in both career categories that had stood since 1977 ... 36 of his 50 catches resulted in a touchdown or first down ... led the Irish with 12 receptions of at least 20 yards ... 29 of his 140 career catches went for at least 20 yards ... second Notre Dame tight end to ever record 10 or more career touchdown receptions ... his 140 career catches rank sixth in school history regardless of position ... third Irish tight end to ever collect at least 100 career catches ... opened the season against Navy (Sept. 1) with four receptions for 22 yards and one touchdown ... set a career high for receiving yards against Purdue (Sept. 8) with 98 yards on four catches ... in his next home game against Michigan (Sept. 22) had just one catch for 38 yards, but it came late in the fourth quarter and secured the victory ... lodged two more receptions for a total of 31 yards in the Shamrock Series game against Miami (Oct. 6) ... had four catches for 57 receiving yards and one touchdown against Stanford (Oct. 13) ... hauled in a touchdown catch versus BYU (Oct. 20) ... had four grabs for 73 yards in that game ... was nearly impossible to stop against Pittsburgh (Nov. 3), Boston College (Nov. 10) and Wake Forest (Nov. 17), with six catches in each contest ... equaled his season-high with six receptions (67 yards) against Boston College on Nov. 10, including five grabs that resulted in a first down ... equaled his season-high with six receptions in the victory over Pittsburgh (Nov. 3), including four that resulted in a first down ... hauled in six passes for 61 yards in the BCS title game against Alabama ... over the last five games of the year, recorded 344 receiving yards, which accounted for 50.2% of his total yardage for the season ... one of four captains for the 2012 season.
2011 (JUNIOR): Established himself as one of the top tight ends in the country, hauling in 63 catches for 803 yards and five touchdowns ... named a finalist for the John Mackey Award, which is awarded to the nation's top tight end ... started all 13 games for the Irish ... finished first in the nation among tight ends with 63 catches and 803 yards ... had a catch in every game, and had at least two receptions in all but one ... tied career high with eight catches in three contests ... eight receptions in a game tied him with Kyle Rudolph (twice in 2010), John Carlson (2006), Anthony Fasano (2004) and Ken MacAfee (1977) for second most ever in a game by a Notre Dame tight end ... averaged 15 or more yards a catch in six games, including five of the last six ... ranked first on the team in average yards per catch and second in catches, yards, TD receptions and yards per game ... named FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 25) and the College Football Performance Awards National Tight End of the Week (Sept. 25) after tying his career high with eight receptions, including four catches on the 11-play, 85-yard, go-ahead touchdown drive in the fourth quarter at Pittsburgh ... the four grabs totaled 34 yards ... also added the two-point conversion reception to help secure the win ... tied career high in catches with eight for 81 yards and a TD against Air Force ... also notched eight catches, this time for 83 yards and a TD, in win vs. Maryland ... hauled in six balls for 90 yards in Champs Sports Bowl vs. Florida State ... named College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Tight End (Sept. 5) after hauling in six receptions for 93 yards, including a 37-yard grab, in the season opener vs. USF (Sept. 3).
2010 (SOPHOMORE): Appeared in 11 games for the Irish during his second season with the program (did not see game action against Boston College or Pittsburgh) ... named Notre Dame Offensive Newcomer of the Year ... registered six receptions of 20 yards or more ... 16 of 27 catches resulted in a touchdown or first down ... seven of nine receptions on third down plays resulted in a TD or first down ... played somewhat sparingly in each of the first four games (totaled one reception for 17 yards against Michigan) behind starting tight end Kyle Rudolph ... forced into the starting lineup following Rudolph's season-ending injury ... started the final seven games of the season and made a major impact for the Irish ... registered 352 yards receiving on 27 catches, including a pair of TDs ... averaged 17.0 yards per reception or more in three separate games (Michigan, Western Michigan and Army) ... snatched a 17-yard reception against Michigan ... started for the first time in his career against Stanford ... scored his first career touchdown on a career-long 39-yard reception against Western Michigan ... recorded four receptions for 42 yards against Navy ... hauled in five catches for 61 yards in the matchup with Tulsa ... registered two receptions for 15 yards in the victory over Utah ... his top game of his career came in the defeat of Army ... recorded four catches for a career-best 78 yards and one TD ... hauled in a 31-yard TD pass ... the TD reception was his second of the season and career ... also had a 35-yard grab to set up another TD ... registered a 22-yard reception to set up a first-and-goal situation late in the second quarter which led to an Irish TD at USC ... totaled six receptions of 20+ yards over the last seven games of the season ... totaled 434 snaps on offense, the most of any Irish tight end.
2009 (FRESHMAN): Saw limited action during first campaign with Irish, playing in season opener against Nevada ... did not record a catch in that contest.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named to Indiana Class 4A first-team all-state team as a defensive back in 2008 by Associated Press ... named to Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 All-State team as tight end as senior ... placed on all-Northeast Indiana first team by Fort Wayne Journal Gazette in 2008 ... rated as 10th-best prospect in Indiana according to Rivals.com's postseason state rankings ... rated as 12th-best tight end in the country by ESPN ... ranked 24th-best tight end according to both Rivals.com and Scout.com ... recorded nine touchdowns on offense and 97 tackles as well as five interceptions, returning one for a TD on defense as a senior in 2008 ... caught 33 passes for 586 yards and four TDs as a junior ... received honorable mention all-state accolades as a junior in 2007 ... tallied 40 tackles and three interceptions as a defensive back during junior season ... logged minutes at tight end, wide receiver, linebacker and safety during senior season at Bishop Dwenger High School ... led team to perfect record entering Indiana 4A state championship game in 2008 ... SuperPrep named him 51st-best overall player in Midwest ... as junior his quarterback was current Irish wide receiver John Goodman ... played for head coach Chris Svarczkopf in high school ... son of Greg and Julie Eifert ... father Greg is 1984 Purdue graduate who played in 115 basketball games (3.1 career scoring average) under coach Gene Keady ... enrolled in Mendoza College of Business, majoring in management-consulting