Tyler Eifert


The string of successful Notre Dame tight ends may not end with Troy Niklas.


SOUTH BEND, Ind -- Troy Niklas is among eight players up for the Mackey Award, given annually to the nation's top tight end and an honor given to Tyler Eifert last year. 


Notre Dame tight end Troy Niklas was named a semifinalist for the Mackey Award, given annually to college football's best tight end and won last year by Tyler Eifert.


Jermichael Finley won't play for the Packers Monday night. But maybe the Bears and their fans should get to know Andrew Quarless. Or Brandon Bostick.


With one more touchdown reception, Troy Niklas will do something that hasn't been done since 1977 at Notre Dame: Catch six touchdowns in a season as a tight end.