Notre Dame football gathers for annual Echoes Awards Show
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - There are still three weeks until Notre Dame and Clemson meet in Dallas for the College Football Playoff Semifinals.
This weekend, the Irish took a break to appreciate their work to this point with the annual Echoes Awards show.
The event was hosted by former offensive lineman Aaron Taylor, and nearly two dozen Irish players were recognized in various categories.
“It’s just special to look back at these things when you get older, to see the brotherhood and the bonds you made," said senior linebacker Te'Von Coney, who was named the Defensive Player of the Year. "That’s the important thing tonight, that we celebrate all the work we’ve put in.”
Quarterback Ian Book won the final award of the evening: the Monogram Club Team MVP.
That honor comes via a team vote, making it even more special to Book that his teammates selected him.
“It’s awesome. I’m extremely thankful and feel really honored to win that award," he said. "They played a video and it had Joe Montana and all these people on it. To be able to get the same award as them is a dream come true, and there’s just so many people that helped me get to where I am today.”
Of course, the Irish still have much more to play for at the College Football Playoffs at the end of the month. But the players said it's important to look back on the accomplishments that have made that national semifinal appearance possible.
“Sometimes we take everything week by week," said running back and Offensive Newcomer of the Year Dexter Williams. "Just being here at this ceremony gives us a chance to reflect on everything we did and to see the accomplishments we have as a team.”
“Obviously they do such a great job putting on this event," Book added. "Just to recognize some guys that have done tremendous things throughout the year and to get our team together not for football practice, but for something else, is awesome.”
See the full list of Echoes Award winners below.
Most Valuable Player:Ian Book
Offensive Player of the Year:Miles Boykin
Defensive Player of the Year: Te’von Coney
Special Teams Player of the Year: Justin Yoon
Moose Krause Lineman of the Year: Jerry Tillery
Offensive Lineman of the Year: Sam Mustipher
Back of the Year: Julian Love
Offensive Newcomer of the Year: Dexter Williams
Defensive Newcomer of the Year: Alohi Gilman
WOPU Player of the Year:Chris Finke
Rockne Student Athlete: Drue Tranquill
Father Lange Iron Cross: Alex Bars
Irish Around the Bend:Nic Weishar
Pietrosante Award: Tyler Newsome
Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year: Mick Assaf
Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year: Ovie Oghoufo
Humble & Hungry Award: Jonathan Bonner