Irish TE Rudolph to enter NFL draft

Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph will give up his final season of eligibility and make himself available for the NFL draft.

The school announced the decision Wednesday. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound junior ranks fourth in school history in career receptions (90) and receiving yards (1,032) by a tight end. He missed the final seven games of last season with a hamstring injury.

Rudolph, who has eight career touchdowns, started 28 of the 29 career games he played at Notre Dame. He ranks in the top 10 in single-season receptions by a tight end in school history, catching 29 passes as a freshman, 33 as a sophomore and 28 this past season, including a career-best 164 receiving yards on eight receptions against Michigan.