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Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert said Friday he is coming back for his senior year instead of heading to the NFL.
Eifert had 63 catches for 803 yards - Notre Dame single-season records for a tight end - and five TD catches last season when the Irish went 8-5 and lost the Champs Sports Bowl to Florida State.
Eifert says his decision was a difficult and it came down to wanting to be with his Irish teammates and earn a degree. He has 90 receptions for 1,155 yards, and needs 39 catches and 605 receiving yards to break Ken MacAfee's school records by a tight end.
Star Irish linebacker Manti Te'o has already said he is coming back for his final season.
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