Since we don’t have a game this weekend, because we’re the best (commence random happy dance!), I thought I’d do a post about the award finalists for the ND football team. Obviously it’s great to celebrate these standout individuals, but even the guys who aren’t being nominated for awards are a huge part of why we are where we are.
Brief side note is that the conference championship games are being played this weekend so keep an eye out, these games will decide who goes to which bowl game and more notable who we play in the ‘Ship.
I apologize if I leave any players out, but this is what I could find…
#7 Stephon Tuitt is a sophomore defensive end who is 6-6 and weighs 303 is on the Ted Hendricks watch list and an All-America candidate.
#70 Zack Martin is a senior tackle who is 6-4 and weighs 304 is on the Lombardi Award watch list, the Outland Trophy watch list, and an All-America candidate.
#80 Tyler Eiffert is a senior tight end who is 6-6 and weighs 251 is a Mackey Award finalist and an All-America candidate.
Finally, Manti Te’o, he’s got a crap ton of awards he’s up for. He is a senior inside linebacker who is 6-2 and weighs 255. He is a Heisman Trophy Candidate, Maxwell Award finalist, Walter Camp Award finalist, Bednarik Award Finalist, Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalist, Lombardi Award finalist, Butkus Award finalist, Lott IMPACT Trophy finalist, Senior CLASS Award finalist, AFCA First-Team All-American, National Scholar-Athlete, Campbell Trophy finalist, Academic All-District V Team, and Academic All-America Candidate.
The 2012 Heisman announcement is going to be December 8th at 8 pm. You better believe I’m going to be watching hoping and praying that the most deserving candidate, Manti Te’o wins it. We’ve got a little over a month until THE BIG GAME. Man I wish I were going. I’d love to be apart of something so special.
Expect a HUGE post after the game regardless of the outcome, thanks for sticking with me the last couple of weeks!