Notre Dame TE Niklas starting to blossom for Irish

Notre Dame tight end Troy Niklas is a touchdown catch away from tying a school record.

The 6-foot-6, 270-pound junior has five touchdown catches as No. 24 Notre Dame (7-2) heads into Saturday's game at Pittsburgh (4-4). The school record is six TD catches by Ken MacAfee in winning the national title in 1977.

Niklas also has seven catches of 20 or more yards this season, his first as the primary option for the Irish at tight end. Niklas said he's still learning the position and working on getting better at a lot of the little things.

Notre Dame has a history of producing standout tight ends. Niklas feels the pressure of following in their footsteps, but says it pushes him to improve.