Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert's first season with the Irish was cut short after he appeared in the fourth quarter of a season-opening 35-0 blowout of Nevada.
The former Bishop Dwenger standout had to stop playing this season because of a bulging disc in his back.
Greg Eifert, Tyler's father, said the rehabilitation plan his son is following at Notre Dame has all but eliminated the pain in Eifert's back and the 6-foot-5, 237-pounder should be able to participate in spring practice under new Irish coach Brian Kelly.
And Greg Eifert said his son should fit in nicely in Kelly's system, which was sixth in total yards and scoring this season with the Bearcats.
"When you look at the offense that (Kelly) runs, it fits right in with Ty being a receiver/tight end type," Greg Eifert said. "I think it will be a good match for him."
Greg Eifert said he was also impressed with Kelly's ability to match players with positions, and not being afraid to move an offensive player to defense. Kelly shifted former Notre Dame quarterback Demetrius Jones to linebacker.
A move like that may not be completely out of the question for Tyler Eifert.
"I don't know," Greg Eifert said if his son could possibly move to safety which he played at Dwenger. "I'm sure if they presented it to him and said, "Hey, Ty, we'd like to move you to the other side of the ball.' I'm sure he would think long and hard about it."