Posted by Tom Fornelli
While Notre Dame fans have spent the last four days waiting for stud wide receiver Michael Floyd to announce his intentions for next season, one of the other bigger threats in the Irish passing attack has reportedly made his decision. According to a few reports, tight end Kyle Rudolph has decided to forego his senior season and enter the NFL draft.
Rudolph started the year as a pre-season All-American, but injured his hamstring in a game against Pitt earlier this season, and missed Notre Dame's last seven games of the season after having surgery. It's the second season in a row that Rudolph battled injuries, though when he was on the field, the 6-6, 265-pound tight end was rather productive.
He caught 90 passes for 1,032 yards and 8 touchdowns over three seasons, and many believe he'll be the best tight end in the draft, which likely played a large part in his decision.
The good news for Notre Dame is that Tyler Eifert proved to be a capable replacement for Rudolph after he went down to injury. Of course, if Michael Floyd decides to enter the draft, and most think he will, that will leave the Irish with two big play-making targets to replace next season.
Update: Notre Dame director of football media relations, Brian Hardin, confirmed the news on Wednesday morning.