Befitting a season seemingly from the past, Notre Dame made the theme for its Friday night awards banquet "The Echoes."
Seventeen "Echoes" were handed out at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center by the entire Notre Dame staff, including the team MVP echo to Manti Te'o, who accepted the award live via satellite from atop 30 Rock in New York. Te'o was for the Heisman Trophy presentation the following night.
The highlights of the night: Matthias Farley's bowtie, Theo Riddick's Armani belt and Louis Nix's brief acceptance speech: "I'd like to thank my mom. She had a beautiful son and he's here today." The senior parents' video was a hit for the second straight year as well.
Here's a list of the night's winners:
Offensive scout team player of the year, presented by offensive GA Bill Brechin
Defensive scout team player of the year, presented by defensive GA Josh Reardon
Offensive newcomer of the year, presented by offensive coordinator Chuck Martin
Defensive newcomer of the year, presented by co-defensive coordinator Kerry Cooks
Irish Around the Bend award (community service), presented by director of player development and engagement Ernest Jones
Winner: Mike Golic Jr.
A-Team award (accountability, appreciation, achievement), presented by defensive line coach Mike Elston
Winner: Kapron Lewis-Moore
Count On Me award (reliable, unselfish), presented by running backs/slot receivers coach Tony Alford
Winner: Theo Riddick
Father Lange Iron Cross award, presented by strength and conditioning director Paul Longo
Winner: Braxston Cave
Special teams award, presented by tight ends coach/special teams coordinator Scott Booker
Winner: Kyle Brindza
Pietrosante award (courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication, pride), presented by outside receivers coach Mike Denbrock
Moose Krause defensive lineman of the year, presented by assistant head coach/co-defensive coordinator Bob Diaco
Winner: Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt
Offensive lineman of the year, presented by offensive line coach Harry Hiestand
Winner: Zack Martin
Rockne Student-Athlete award, presented by safeties coach Bob Elliott
Winner: Danny Spond
Next Man In award, presented by head coach Brian Kelly
Winner: Tommy Rees
Offensive player of the year, presented by Kelly
Winner: Tyler Eifert
Defensive player of the year, presented by Kelly
Winner: Zeke Motta
MVP, presented by Kelly
Winner: Manti Te'o