Who would've thought when Kyle Rudolph bolted early for the NFL that Notre Dame would have the nation's top receiving tight end after 4 games?

Well, they do!  Tyler Eifert leads the nation in catches by a tight end with 20.

On Wednesday Eifert was rewarded for his efforts by being named the Mackey tight end of the week.

Eifert registered a career-high eight receptions, including four on the 11-play, 85-yard, go-ahead touchdown drive in the fourth quarter at Pittsburgh that gave the Irish a 15-12 lead. His four grabs on the TD drive totaled 34yards. Eifert also added a critical two-point conversion reception.

The eight catches by Eifert tied him with Kyle Rudolph (twice in 2010), John Carlson (2006), Anthony Fasano (2004) and Ken MacAfee (1977) for second most ever in a game by a Notre Dame tight end. The Irish single-game record is nine by MacAfee for 114 yards in a 31-24 victory at Purdue in 1977.

Eifert now leads all Football Subdivision tight ends in receptions (20), receptions per game (5.0), receiving yards (244) and receiving yards per game (61.0).

This is the second time in Eifert’s career he has been named John Mackey Award Tight End of the Week. He originally was honored following last year’s Army game where Eifert caught four passes for 78 yards with one touchdown at Yankee Stadium.