Stanford visits South Bend this weekend after surviving an overtime shootout with the Arizona Wildcats. Redshirt junior quarterback Josh Nunes had his best performance of the season, going 21 of 34 for 340 yards and two touchdowns. Not surprisingly, his two favorite targets were his tight ends, 6-8 Levine Toilolo and 6-6 Zach Ertz. Toilolo tallied five receptions for 141 yards and a score, while Ertz added six receptions for 64 yards and another score.
Notre Dame may be referred to as Tight End U, but Stanford's tight ends have actually posted better numbers than their Irish counterparts this season. Toilolo and Ertz have combined for 34 receptions, 594 yards and four touchdowns. That's over half of Stanford's receiving yards and half of the team's receiving touchdowns. On the other hand, Tyler Eifert, Troy Niklas and Ben Koyack have combined for just 16 receptions, 283 yards and one touchdown.
Why are Stanford's tight ends so productive?
As I have pre...