Notre Dame’s Michael Mayer grateful for Tight End college experience


Notre Dame tight end Michael Mayer secured the bag earlier this summer while a guest at Tight End University, which is hosted by Travis Kelce (Kansas City), George Kittle (San Francisco) and Greg Olsen ( former NFL tight end).

Tight End University is a multi-day retreat where NFL tight ends head to Vanderbilt to do some workouts, learn in the classroom, and just have a good time at night.

Mayer was among the first class of collegiate tight ends to be invited to the event as he was joined by Erick All of Michigan and Cameron Latu of Alabama.

“It was run by Rubicon, which is George Kittle’s marketing agency,” Mayer told ISD. we were there.

“We had to do a sponsorship with Levi’s jeans on the first day and on the second day we had to train a little. We learned from Kelce, Kittle and Olsen were a lot of coaches. We learned a lot in a few days.”

The 6-foot-4, 251-pound and other college tight ends had to return early, so they didn’t receive whiteboard or classroom instruction, but Mayer made the most of his time on the court .

“They had two more days at Vanderbilt, but we had to go home two days early because it was going to be a recruiting violation if we went there,” Mayer said. “We couldn’t do anything in class, so everyone the things we were doing were on the pitch.

“I learned a lot of good lessons and a lot of things that I need to work on – getting out of breaks that way and getting out of breaks that way. Leverage – that sort of thing. I learned a lot about things like that. ”

Mayer has been dominant since stepping onto campus as he had 113 receptions for 1,290 yards and nine touchdowns in his first two seasons in blue and gold.

The accolades are long for the Kentucky native, but the event also served as motivation as Mayer heads into what is likely his final year at Notre Dame.

“I have a ton of work to do,” Mayer explained. “Getting out of my breaks faster, reading the defender better and that kind of stuff. After that, I’m like, ‘Okay, it’s going to be a big July and I have to sit down with the coach (Gerad Parker) and talk about Tight End U and what I need to work on.

“It was awesome. I went there and I was like, ‘Dang, there’s some stuff I need to work on.’ I’m here thinking I’m good enough and I’m going to train with them and there are things I need to work on.”

Mayer also appreciated the willingness of NFL veterans to teach college players what not to do.

“When I was training with them, I realized that was the first time me and the other college guys were training with professional guys who know a lot about football,” Mayer said. “They were very patient with us and taught us a lot of good things. They could have gone out there and done their own thing, but they sat with us and helped us.

Perhaps the biggest takeaway for the Notre Dame All-American tight end came off the field.

Mayer got to network, but also see how the NFL’s top players perform when they’re not in the pads.

“It was really cool to see them go to work,” Mayer said. “What really caught my attention was the way they were off the pitch. Great guys, down to earth, egoless and it was fun spending time with them on the pitch but also in off the pitch. It was good to get to know them away from the pitch and they are really good people.”

In fact, Mayer saw some similarities to the way Notre Dame players behave.

“It’s kind of the same with all the players,” he said. “They won’t be the same person when training on the pitch as they would be off the pitch.”

Bussin with the boys

George Kittle and Michael Mayer

Mayer also had the unique experience of being on one of the best sports podcasts in the world. The Notre Dame star sat down with Will Compton, who hosts Bussin’ With The Boys, for a super laid back interview.

“It was the first time I did something so big and stepped out of my comfort zone a bit,” laughed Mayer. “I have to go a bit and then George came with me. I think it’ll be out in a week or two, but it was good to meet Will Compton and he’s a really good guy.

“He’s entering his 10th year in the league and he’s a really funny and entertaining guy. It was good to start a bit.”

As for the question posed by fans across the country, Mayer thinks Notre Dame is Tight End U and it’s not close.

Mayer was joined by former Irish tight ends Cole Kmet, Tommy Tremble, Durham Smythe and Brock Wright, which was a statement.

“I think we definitely had the tightest ends there,” Mayer said. “We definitely settled in. I was arguing with Kittle the whole time about Notre Dame being Tight End U over Iowa. He obviously had a different opinion on that, but I think that’s a big argument there. there and we had the tightest ends of any school there.”

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