2012 Independent Preview - All-Ind Team
Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert
Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert
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Posted Aug 13, 2012


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2012 Preseason Ind. Offensive Player of the Year

TE Tyler Eifert, Sr. Notre Dame

Notre Dame has become a factory for tight ends over the last few years, and Eifert has the potential to be an even better pro prospect than Kyle Rudolph was. At 6-6 and 251 pounds he has prototype size with great route running ability and terrific hands. He stepped up as a big playmaker when Rudolph got hurt in 2010, finishing the season with 27 catches for 352 yards and two scores, but last year the job was all his from the start and he came up with a consistent campaign catches 63 passes for 803 yards and five touchdowns averaging 12.7 yards per grab. He didn’t score over the last three games of the season and was steadier than spectacular, but he’s as reliable as any short-range target in college football and is a good enough blocker to get by.

2012 Preseason Ind. Defensive Player of the Year
 
LB Manti Te’o, Sr. Notre Dame

After coming into his own with a 133-tackle, 9.5-tackle-for-loss sophomore season, he cranked up a team-leading tackles with 13.5 tackles for loss and five sacks in a brilliant junior season. After starting out with 14 tackles and a sack against USF he went on to hit the double-digit tackle mark nine times finishing up with a 13-stop day with a forced fumble against Florida State. The 6-2, 255-pound senior has tremendous size, terrific instincts, and enough range to get to most things that aren’t funneled his way. The NFL scouts are split on how he’ll translate to the next level, but he’s a peerless hitter who doesn’t miss anything that comes his way. With one more big year it’s not crazy to suggest that he might end his career as the best linebacker in Notre Dame history.

Preseason All-Ind. Offense
QB - Trent Steelman, Sr. Army
RB - Raymond Maples, Jr. Army
RB - Cierre Wood, Sr. Notre Dame
WR - Cody Hoffman, Jr. BYU
WR - Theo Reddick, Sr. Notre Dame
TE - Tyler Eifert, Sr. Notre Dame
OL - Braden Brown, Sr. BYU
OL - Braxston Cave, Sr. Notre Dame
OL - Braden Hansen, Sr. BYU
OL - Zack Martin, Sr. Notre Dame
OL - Chris Watt, Sr. Notre Dame
PK - Justin Sorensen, Soph. BYU
KR - George Atkinson III, Soph. ND

Preseason All-Ind. Defense
DL - Romney Fuga, Sr.
DL - Kapron Lewis-Moore, Sr. ND
DL - Louis Nix III, Jr. Notre Dame
DL - Stephon Tuitt, Soph. ND
LB - Manti Te’o, Sr. Notre Dame
LB - Kyle Van Noy, Jr. BYU
LB - Ishaq Williams, Soph. ND
DB - Preston Hadley, Sr. BYU
DB - Bennett Jackson, Jr. ND
DB - Jamoris Slaughter, Sr. ND
DB - Daniel Sorensen, Jr. Navy
P - Riley Stephenson, Jr. BYU
PR - JD Falslev, Jr. BYU
Top 30 Preseason Ind. Players

1. LB Manti Te’o, Sr. Notre Dame
2. TE Tyler Eifert, Sr. Notre Dame
3. OT Zack Martin, Sr. Notre Dame
4. C Braxston Cave, Sr. Notre Dame
5. DE Kapron Lewis-Moore, Sr. ND
6. DT Louis Nix III, Jr. Notre Dame
7. RB Cierre Wood, Sr. Notre Dame
8. LB Ishaq Williams, Soph. ND
9. WR Cody Hoffman, Jr. BYU
10. LB Kyle Van Noy, Jr. BYU
11. DE Stephon Tuitt, Soph. ND
12. OT Braden Brown, Sr. BYU
13. OG Braden Hansen, Sr. BYU
14. RB/WR Theo Reddick, Sr. ND
15. QB Everett Golson, RFr. ND
16. QB Gunner Kiel, Fr. Notre Dame
17. LB Matt Warrick, Sr. Navy
18. LB Brandon Ogletree, Sr. BYU
19. S Daniel Sorensen, Jr. Navy
20. CB Preston Hadley, Sr. BYU
21. QB Trent Steelman, Sr. Army
22. QB Tommy Rees, Jr. No. Dame
23. RB Raymond Maples, Jr. Army
24. QB Riley Nelson, Sr. BYU
25. FB Larry Dixon, Soph. Army
26. LB Uona Kaveinga, Sr. BYU
27. RB/FB Jared Hassin, Sr. Navy
28. S Jamoris Slaughter, Sr. ND
29. OG Chris Watt, Sr. Notre Dame
30. CB Bennett Jackson, Jr. ND
  
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