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Eifert's 2010 ascent notable to current  reserves

Tyler Eifert's ascent from third-string to proven playmaker serves as a crucial teaching point for tight end coach Mike Denbrock's 2011 quintet.

At this time last August, Tyler Eifert was a third-string tight end, one earning ample practice reps due to injuries suffered by All-America candidate Kyle Rudolph and veteran backup Mike Ragone. One year later, Eifert is a John Mackey Award nominee, one of four key playmakers according to head coach, Brian Kelly, and nearly every die-hard fan or Irish media members' selection as a breakout...

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