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Notre Dame adding more postseason awards to its trophy case

Tyler Eifert, Josh Shaw, Wes Horton AP

Yesterday, it was announced that Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o were recipients of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and Bronko Nagurski Award, respectively. Te’o was also the recipient of the Dick Butkus Award.

Today, Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert received the John Mackey Award for outstanding tight end. Eifer led the team with 44 receptions for 624 yards and four touchdowns. Additionally, Irish coach Brian Kelly was named the Home Depot Coach of the Year. Kelly is the only two-time recipient (he also won as the coach of Cincinnati in 2009).

The Home Depot College Football Awards Show will be tomorrow, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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40 Responses to “Notre Dame adding more postseason awards to its trophy case”
  1. cubano76 says: Dec 5, 2012 6:27 PM

    Congratulations to the walking aneurysm in a headset!

  2. bman88 says: Dec 5, 2012 6:31 PM


  3. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Dec 5, 2012 6:39 PM

    RIP Seeberg

  4. whyalwaysthehate says: Dec 5, 2012 6:42 PM

    Lizzy Seeberg

  5. mgmac says: Dec 5, 2012 8:09 PM

    Declan Sullivans parents would probably not agree with kelly getting the award

  6. osage44 says: Dec 5, 2012 8:13 PM

    Zach Ertz was robbed,

  7. timh1955 says: Dec 5, 2012 8:54 PM

    ND is SO overrated!! It’s so cute that think they have any chance at all against Alabama.

  8. ajarkoski says: Dec 5, 2012 9:07 PM

    Keep it up you trolls. Keep drinking the coolaid like Oklahoma, USC and …

  9. timh1955 says: Dec 5, 2012 9:22 PM

    Why didn’t you mention unranked Pittsburgh too that ND nearly lost to and had to go to overtime to barely win? USC, Oklahoma and all the other teams are no where close to Bama in depth, talent and coaching.

  10. thegamecocker says: Dec 5, 2012 9:27 PM

    When it is time, these players would probably want the money Jadaveon Clowney will ultimately garner. Let’s see, Mansi T’eo or Jadaveon Clowney…….

  11. cpfirish says: Dec 5, 2012 9:32 PM

    To all haters:
    Don’t be jealous cause ND is back! We are going to shock the world Jan 7 in Miami.!
    Go Irish!

  12. timh1955 says: Dec 5, 2012 9:39 PM


    That’s cute!

  13. mannydomer61 says: Dec 5, 2012 9:52 PM

    And your team is who?

  14. timh1955 says: Dec 5, 2012 9:59 PM

    The best team in the country – Alabama

  15. ndsloth says: Dec 5, 2012 10:08 PM

    Eh, if the team really isn’t very good and is so terribly overrated, then Kelly doubly deserves coach of the year for getting them where they are – undefeated and in the championship game.

  16. thegamecocker says: Dec 5, 2012 10:13 PM

    Who will answer for Declan Sullivan? What has ND done to honor the memory of this student? Is there a scholarship in his name? Is there a garden somewhere on the campus? Do the players where his initials anywhere? This poor soul should not be forgotten….EVER!

  17. irishdodger says: Dec 5, 2012 10:49 PM

    So a blog reporting ND players winning awards & 95% of the posters are haters. I love it. The most precious part was that little Bammer fan talking about ND having to go to multiple OTs to beat a mediocre Pitt. I’ll take a win over a bowl bound Pitt who is a member of a BCS conference vs wins over high school teams like Florida Atlantic, Western Kentucky & Western Carolina. Real tough schedule Bammers… u only beat 5 FBS teams w/ a winning record & one of those was Western Kentucky….ND beat 10 teams who are bowl eligible. Then u had to fight tooth & nail to beat an overrated Georgia team in your SEC Championship Game. Not overrated? Hmm…they beat a whopping TWO FBS teams w/ winning records & got embarrassed in the South Carolina game by 4 TDs. After everyone raved about what a great game the SEC Championship was (for once), they failed to acknowledge the aforementioned facts about UGA in addition to them having the 79th ranked rush D in the nation. Too much hype & love from CBS & ESPN…what a fraud. So keep trashing ND to make yourself feel better. Finebaum would be proud. Of course, you’re to cowardly to admit u haven’t watched one complete game of ND. War Dame Irish!

  18. thegamecocker says: Dec 5, 2012 11:00 PM


    “War Dame Irish”??? You guys are better than mimicking Auburn! That school’s NC was fraudulent as they used an ineligible player. The NCAA established a rule that any parent who shopped their “Scholar”/Athlete in a “pay for play” scheme, would be ineligible at ANY SCHOOL! That’s the Cam rule. A thief, cheater, and liar thrown out from a sister institution but it didn’t matter to Auburn. Sure, we’re
    “ALL IN”! Isn’t that what there FORMER HC used to say?! What a pathetic school…and still, Jay Jacobs remains as AD.
    What a travesty….and THAT my friends, is why Urban Meyer left the SEC with hopes of EVENTUALLY laying wood on any and all SEC schools!

  19. irishdodger says: Dec 5, 2012 11:08 PM


    That was a jab at your Bammer buddies. Some Auburn site is selling tshirts w/ that phrase & a tiger as the fighting leprechaun. See I can at least respect Auburn, Bama, Ole Miss & MSU fans b/c they get college fball. If their hated rival was playing in the NC game they would root for the opposition vs chanting “SEC, SEC!” like a bunch of little groupies. U think tOSU would root for MeatChicken if they played for the NC? U think Oregon St would root for Oregon if they played for the NC? U think SC would root for UCLA if they played for the NC? U think OU would root for Texas or Okie St if they played for the NC? Quit being myopic & appreciate the entire sport that is college football. Otherwise, u show your ignorance.

  20. lovinthatsomanyhateonnd says: Dec 5, 2012 11:24 PM

    lol i think its adorable Bama fans doubt the Irish…guess they arent aware of our size and experience in the trenches…but by all means, please keep doubting us..worked well for Reilly and Mark May all year

  21. millersirish1986 says: Dec 5, 2012 11:59 PM

    Im sorry for declan sullivan i truely am but tragedies are apart of life. They happen all the time in sports and out of them. They honored him that entire season and im sure there will be a scholar ship in his name. Kelly is a hell of a head coach and thats the award he is getting. Notre Dame has had an awesome season and there being rewarded with playing in the national championship game. Hate if you want to but on january 7 th irish eyes will be smiling. Go Irish!!!

  22. tyearsley says: Dec 6, 2012 12:13 AM

    So Bama let’s a freshman QB beat them…..and if it wasn’t for Les getting cute with his play calling, Bama would have 2 losses…..
    Go ahead and whine about the Pitt WIN – it’s still not a LOSS like Bama has…..
    ND vs Pitt = Bama vs LSU — both teams found a way to win.
    Diff is ND still hasn’t LOST!!!!!
    Talk is cheap – truth be told in Miami…..the way it should be.
    (Just be thankful Bear isn’t still coaching or the Irish would be guaranteed a WIN!)

  23. jcarrillo7828 says: Dec 6, 2012 1:43 AM

    Awesome. I love the shit talking and our Irish team being called underdogs. Our boys thrive on that and Bama fans will be surprised how talented our guys are. Bring it!

  24. fodre13 says: Dec 6, 2012 2:05 AM

    I love the haters, keep hatin it’s not going to change the fact we are undefeated and going to the championship…

  25. footballleprechaun says: Dec 6, 2012 4:15 AM

    Our Irish are special!!!!!!! Lightyears and levels above the pathetic, narrowminded concept you Bama and SEC joksters are able to comprehend……… ND has the TALENT, COACHING, and RESOURCEFULNESS …………Try to keep up……. The cohesiveness, mental resolve, and BROTHERHOOD of the TEAM will not allow a loss. In that regard they are MEN among boys Bama (just like the undefeated, Major-Harris-led, WV Mountaineers) doesnt have the BALLS to play w the IRISH!!! We’reott Wolford, Fla.Atl, Georgia, LSU, or any other Cupcake U……used to pad stats and false confidence……. Here’s a news flash for all you so-called SEC bandwagoneers…….>>>>>NOTRE DAME T E A M MYSTIQUE DEFEATS THE SABANITES AS ANOTHER FRESHMAN QB HANDS ALASCAMA ITS SECOND LOSS

  26. timh1955 says: Dec 6, 2012 7:59 AM


    You can’t even construct an intelligent post so your predictions have absolutely no credibility.

  27. chicagoirish23 says: Dec 6, 2012 9:37 AM

    For the people who are dragging the names of Lizzy Seeburg and Declan Sullivan through the mud to allow themselves some self prescribed superiority over Notre Dame please be aware that you are embarrassing yourselves and disgracing the memories of those two people.

    Also, to set the record straight – Declan Sullivan’s parents came out after their son had died and thanked the University and Brian Kelly publicly for the support they were provided in a tragic situation. Declan also has a scholarship in his name as well as a memorial charity group.

    Concerning Lizzy, it was a tragic way to end a tragic life. However, the DA who investigated this incident came out and cleared the ND football player that was involved not because he had to (which he didn’t) but because he wanted to set the record straight.

    There is always more to the story and in situations like these the stories always play out. The problem is the “haters” only hear what they want to hear and they use what they want to use. Two terrible loses of life are now being used as ammunition against a football team because they are winning. Nobody would be making those comments if ND wasn’t at this point.

    So I say to all of you – You are disgusting human’s and you devalue your own self worth w/ your idiotic comments.

    May Lizzy & Declan RIP

  28. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 6, 2012 9:44 AM

    I think I saw Te’o picked up the Lombardi too.

    Nagurski, Lombardi, possibly the Bednarik, maybe the Heisman. Would be a massive haul.

    Read this the other day too though… if Te’o wins the Heisman, he’ll be the first to ever win it w/o scoring a single TD…

  29. tedstheman says: Dec 6, 2012 9:47 AM

    You guys in the SEC crack me up. I agree that the SEC top to bottom is the best league in college football but you also have to remember that most of the top players at those schools are also bought! Once these players get into an NFL locker room they openly talk about their payoffs. Every SEC title is a fraud because of the cheating that goes on in that league with recruiting. And don’t give me the BS that the schools haven’t been charged…..they all cheat and cheat far more then all the other conferences combined. There players aren’t recruited they are bought!!

  30. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 6, 2012 10:00 AM

    @ tedstheman

    Don’t be so hypocritical… If you are SO sure that SEC teams are “buying” players then how can you be SO sure that your school is not…. Plus what about PAC 12 schools, and Big 10 schools, and ACC schools… can easily name more than a few schandals from those…

  31. tedstheman says: Dec 6, 2012 10:34 AM


    My school no longer has football! And if you could read you would have seen that I said “they all cheat”. SUre they cheat in the PAC 12, Big 10 and ACC. But not nearly as much as the SEC! I would venture to say that over 50% of all SEC football scholarship players have received some sort of under the table payment and I’m probably light with the 50%. ANd with you handle being 8to 80 Texansblog you are probably a Texas fane and they cheat to. If you recall, until Vince Young left early no player at Texas left early to enter the NFL Draft, Gee I wonder why? Did he loose his lifetime annuity if he left early? Get your head out of your ass!

  32. tedstheman says: Dec 6, 2012 10:39 AM

    For all of you who don’t think cheating goes on, go to the parking lot of any SEC football facility and watch for a few hours and see what the “student athletes” drive into the lot. Now most of these kids come from families who have a hard time making ends meet. Yet the college football player drives up in his new 35-45,000 car/SUV. You tell me how he pays for it? And trust me, I have sat in the parking lots of such schools. In fact just about every school that plays major football in the country. It totaly amazes me.

  33. timh1955 says: Dec 6, 2012 12:03 PM


    We are so fortunate to have all your wise insight on what goes on in college football. So your school doesn’t have football? Do you go to an all girl college. Better yet, did you even go to college as your spelling is at the level of a ten year old. I’m sure the NCAA would love for you to go over all your “findings” and how you sat in the parking lot of all the SEC schools all day watching what cars the players drove. Also, make sure you tell them your college doesn’t play football. Too funny!

  34. whyalwaysthehate says: Dec 6, 2012 12:25 PM


    just sweep it under the carpet moron

  35. chicagoirish23 says: Dec 6, 2012 4:27 PM


    I think you are missing my point. I’m not sweeping anything under the rug. The names of two deceased people have been posted in this comments section as a way to disparage the Notre Dame football team. The people posting their names are not doing it because they are distraught over the tragic loss of life, they are doing it because it’s all they have against a school that they either don’t understand or are jealous of. When you don’t know, you distract.

    Concerning the article you posted. I didn’t defend the actions of the University or the people involved in these situations. The only thing I did is post two facts, the DA cleared the player publicly and the Sullivan family came out in support of the University.

    I do have personal feelings concerning the Seeberg case. But I’m not a judge jury and executioner like so many on message boards believe they are. The only thing I have to go on is the DA cleared the player.

    So you sir are the moron.

    Go Irish!

  36. whyalwaysthehate says: Dec 6, 2012 5:07 PM


    Ok, then let’s look at a part of the Henneberger article.

    “Two years ago, Lizzy Seeberg, a 19-year-old freshman at Saint Mary’s College, across the street from Notre Dame, committed suicide after accusing an ND football player of sexually assaulting her. The friend Lizzy told immediately afterward said she was crying so hard she was having trouble breathing.
    Yet after Lizzy went to the police, a friend of the player’s sent her a series of texts that frightened her as much as anything that had happened in the player’s dorm room. “Don’t do anything you would regret,” one of them said. “Messing with Notre Dame football is a bad idea.”
    At the time of her death, 10 days after reporting the attack to campus police, who have jurisdiction for even the most serious crimes on school property, investigators still had not interviewed the accused. It took them five more days after she died to get around to that, though they investigated Lizzy herself quite thoroughly, even debriefing a former roommate at another school with whom she’d clashed.
    Six months later — after the story had become national news — Notre Dame did convene a closed-door disciplinary hearing. The player testified that until he actually met with police, he hadn’t even known why they wanted to speak to him — though his buddy who’d warned Lizzy not to mess with Notre Dame football had spoken to investigators 13 days earlier. He was found “not responsible,” and never sat out a game.

    A few months later, a resident assistant in a Notre Dame dorm drove a freshman to the hospital for a rape exam after receiving an S.O.S. call. “She said she’d been raped by a member of the football team at a party off campus,” the R.A. told me. I also spoke to the R.A.’s parents, who met the young woman that same night, when their daughter brought her to their home after leaving the hospital. They said they saw — and reported to athletic officials — a hailstorm of texts from other players, warning the young woman not to report what had happened: “They were trying to silence this girl,” the R.A.’s father told me. And did; no criminal complaint was ever filed.
    It’s not only what I believe went on at that off-campus party, or in the room of the player Lizzy accused, that makes it impossible for me to support the team, though that would be enough. The problem goes deeper than that, and higher, because the man Lizzy accused had a history of behavior that should have kept him from being recruited in the first place. And as bad in my book as the actions of those young men was the determination of the considerably older men who run N.D. to keep those players on the team in an effort to win some football games. ”

    Henneberger is a ND grad, so not a “hater”.

    The family does not seem to be a supportive as your remarks lead us to think. One family member remarked, “blasted from every news source in the country, the average Notre Dame fan would still find a way to discount it.”

    Fear sometimes prohibits the truth to come out. Perhaps in this case. So, believe the DA if you wish, they just did their job.

    You too can discount the findings as you choose.

  37. tedstheman says: Dec 6, 2012 6:20 PM


    Smart a hole….I said my college no longer plays football not never has had football. I played there for 5 years including a RS. I then worked in the NFL for an extended period as a scout ….that is how I say in parking lots. SO in short terms go f–k yourself. I forgot more then you will ever know about football

  38. chicagoirish23 says: Dec 7, 2012 10:01 AM


    You are really struggling w/ this. I read her article I don’t need you to post it again. No where do you see me accusing her of being a “hater” either. She’s a journalist and a graduate of Notre Dame so she is entitled to her opinions.

    You are also putting words into my post that I never wrote. I said the Sullivan family, of Declan Sullivan, came out in support of the University. I never commented about the Seeberg family. The Seeberg family is clearly upset w/ the University and that’s their right. I would never judge someones reactions to their daughter committing suicide.

    We have a law in this country, it’s called innocent until proven guilty. I believe in that. Nobody was found guilty here and therefore I can’t accuse anyone of being something they are not. That’s not a popular approach in public opinion but that’s the way it is.

    Accuse me all you want of trying to lie for the University but I base my opinions off of facts that I have available to me. Nobody is charged of a crime and Notre Dame has a very hard record on student athletes who have strayed on the other side of the law in the past.

    Go Irish!

  39. timh1955 says: Dec 7, 2012 10:57 AM


    You obviously forgot how to spell too as my four year old could write a more intelligent post.

    Was it a flag football team you played on in college? Was it coed? Do scouts normally sit it the parking lots when scouting potential players? I guess the better scouts get to go on the field and watch them! Do you think you have impressed anyone with your incredible football knowledge?

    Very sad!

  40. txnative61 says: Dec 12, 2012 12:32 AM

    Gee wiz—might I inject a comment about the awards without inviting more hyperbolic invective? Osage 44 says Zach Ertz was robbed. That would be of the John Mackey Award for best Tight End despite much better statistics than Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert. He also had several key touchdown catches, and his Stanford team played Notre Dame to a virtual draw head to head in a dubious loss at South Bend. The selection process is obviously flawed, and leads one to wonder the validity of all the Notre Dame individual awards.

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