40 Time Range: 4.83-4.85, Coming off hamstring INJ
Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 01/12/11: #1 Junior TE Projected: Round(s) 1 for 2012 NFL Draft 2010: Started at tight end against Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Stanford, Boston College and Pittsburgh (did not play in the final six games of the season due to a season-ending hamstring injury) ... totaled 28 catches for 328 yards and three touchdowns ... registered two receptionsthis season of 20 yards or more ... 15 of 28 receptions resulted in a touchdown or first down ... five of 11 receptions on third down plays resulted in a touchdown or first down ... ranked among the top five tight ends in the FBS in overall receptions, receiving yards, yards per reception, receiving yards per game and receptions per game before being sidelined for the rest of the 2010 season...Named John Mackey Tight End of the Week on Sept. 15 following his record-setting performance against Michigan and was also named a semifinalist for the award despite being lost for the year with an injury ... was on pace for 56 receptions, which would have broken Ken MacAfee’s single-season school record for receptions by a tight end ... was also on pace for 656 yards receiving, which would have been the second-most in school history for a tight end...2009: Participated in 10 games for Irish (did not play against Pittsburgh and Connecticut due to shoulder injury) ... started nine of those contests (did not start at Stanford) ... named semifinalist for John Mackey Award and was only sophomore to be named semifinalist ... ranked third on team in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, totaling 33 receptions for 364 yards and three touchdowns ... 17 of his 33 catches resulted in first downs ...2008: Started all 13 games for the Irish ... hauled in 29 catches for 340 yards (11.7 avg.) and two touchdowns during rookie campaign ... made his career debut in season opener vs. San Diego State and brought in his first career reception for five yards during the victory ... became the first freshman to ever start a season opener at tight end for Notre Dame.
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01/09/13 - TE Kyle Rudolph's evolution in the offense continued in his second season. When Percy Harvin went down with injury, Rudolph became the No. 1 option. He finished with 53 catches and nine touchdowns and remains one of Ponder's favorite targets.
12/24/12 - TE Kyle Rudolph once again was a big factor on the first drive of the game. He caught Christian Ponder's first pass, a 27-yarder off a naked bootleg the Vikings like to run off play-action. Rudolph also capped the drive with a 3-yard touchdown catch. But Rudolph caught just one more pass for 9 yards the rest of the game.
12/21/12 - TE Kyle Rudolph is second in the league among tight ends with eight touchdown catches. He needs four more in the final two games to beat Visanthe Shiancoe's team record of 11 set in 2009.
12/13/12 - TE Kyle Rudolph (shoulder) was limited in Thursday's practice, but is expected to play on Sunday.
12/12/12 - TE Kyle Rudolph is second among NFL tight ends in most touchdown catches this season (eight). Rudolph is three behind the team record of 11 set by Visanthe Shiancoe in 2009.