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Alabama CB compares Notre Dame’s Eifert to Alshon Jeffery
Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert doesn’t think Alabama has seen anyone with his size, speed and skillset yet this season.
“I don’t know,” the unassuming senior said. “I don’t think so.”
Well, Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner thinks he has — current Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery.
“He’s built a little like the receiver from South Carolina, Alshon Jeffery,” Milliner said. “Just that type of size and height.”
At 6-foot-6, 251 pounds, Eifert’s actually three inches taller and about 35 pounds heavier than Jeffery, but Eifert’s uncanny ability to go up and get the ball makes him seem more like a wideout than a tight end sometimes. And he does line up as a wideout from time to time, meaning Milliner will get a chance to defend him.
Alabama has the fourth-ranked pass defense in the nation, but Eifert said Friday that he thinks the Tide secondary can be had.
“They’re not perfect, they’re not Superman,” he said. “They’re a really, really good defense, but they have their weaknesses, too.”
When pushed on what those weaknesses are, Eifert reluctantly relented: “They’re good cover corner guys, but sometimes they may not play the ball as well as a receiver would in the air. Things like that.”
Despite his All-America status, Milliner has heard that before. And he welcomes the challenge.
“I they say they can exploit it, go ahead,” he said. “Hopefully, if they feel that way, they’re going to try something in the game and we can change the way they think.”