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Special connection

Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees has a special connection with tight end Tyler Eifert.

The two have hooked up for 33 receptions for 404 yards with two touchdowns in their careers.

"Me and Ty are pretty good friends," Rees said during Wednesday's players news conference. "We have been since I got here. I think that helps with some of the on-the-field chemistry. We can talk and have dialogue about what's going on.

"I think we feel real comfortable with each other. We both started playing at the same time last year. As far as the connection and chemistry, I think it's real strong on the field and I think our off-the-field relationship helps that."

Eifert and Rees are golf buddies away from the football field.

Rees said the junior tight end is probably one of the best golfers on the team.

"We compete back and forth a little bit, but never that close," Rees said. "He's a pretty good player."

Eifert has been just as good on the football field.

The former Bishop Dwenger standout is coming off one of his best games in Saturday's 15-12 road victory over Pittsburgh.

Eifert caught a career-high eight receptions for 75 yards against the Panthers.

Eifert really stepped up on the game-winning 11-play, 85-yard drive, catching four passes for 34 yards on the drive. Those four receptions include the go-ahead 6-yard touchdown, which was followed by him grabbing the two-point conversion.

Eifert's efforts against Pitt earned him Independent offensive player of the week and John Mackey tight end of the week honors.

Eifert leads FBC tight ends with 20 receptions for 244 yards.

"Tyler has done a good job all season, the offseason, working hard, getting better," Rees said. "He provides a mismatch for us out there. He does a good job of feeling throughout the zones, making himself open. He's a big, athletic target. He can go up and get a lot of the balls."

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