Former Bishop Dwenger standout Tyler Eifert sounds as if he is ready to step up for Notre Dame this weekend.
Irish coach Brian Kelly told reports after Thursday's practice that he feels good about Eifert, who has been battling a shoulder injury.
Eifert and Mike Ragone will be counted on to make up for the absence of starting tight end Kyle Rudolph, who had season-ending hamstring surgery Friday.
"He had a very good day today," Kelly said of Eifert. "In contact, he got banged around a little bit. I was waiting to see that. He was in traffic a couple of times. Got knocked down on the ground, held onto the football. I feel real good about him."
Running back Armando Allen is still sore from his hip flexor injury, and Kelly said the senior is a game-time decision.
"We are going to be very careful with him," Kelly said. "My expectation on him is he will be a game-time decision in pregame. We will run him around in pregame and see how he feels. He wants to play. We will dress him for sure, but I won't make a decision on him until pregame."
Right tackle Taylor Dever will be in a backup roll Saturday as he continues to heal from a hamstring injury.
"I think Matt (Romine) and Andrew (Nuss) have handled that position well," Kelly said. "We are going to stick with them and make sure Taylor is 100 percent. I think he would be afforded to us, if we needed him. But right now, we will move with the plan we had last week."