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Notre Dame TE Eifert Returning For Senior Year

Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert catches a pass against Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert catches a pass against Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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(CBS) Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert announced Friday that he will return for his senior season.

The first-team All-American led all tight ends with 63 catches and 803 receiving yards this season and received a lot of attention from NFL scouts.

“This was a tough decision for me, but it came down to where do I want to be most next year,” Eifert said. “I have some great friends on the football team and at Notre Dame and I’m excited about the direction Coach Kelly has us going. Ultimately, the entire Notre Dame experience, including the great relationships I have with my teammates and coaches, told me Notre Dame is where I belong.”

Eifert will provide from veteran stability in the passing game for a team that is still uncertain at quarterback.

“I’m obviously very happy that Tyler will be part of our team next year,” head coach Brian Kelly said. “It’s always a good thing when an All-American decides he wants to spend another year in your program. Tyler is an exciting, athletic tight end who is an essential part of our offense. I’m happy he has decided to come back to finish his degree and help us to secure a championship season.”