The Notre Dame Fighting Irish held its annual Echoes Award Show on Friday night. The “Awards Show” has changed quite a bit over the years as it used to be the “awards banquet.” This is where Lou Holtz made his bones as a recruiter and would nearly lock up entire classes at the event. The Irish still use it as a recruiting tool, but the emphasis is placed far more in the corner of the players.
It’s a well organized event, and this year, legendary Irish and Steeler running back, Jerome Bettis played as a host. On a cheesy note (my cheesy note), I find that the many times Bettis has returned in recent years to be another testament to what a place like Notre Dame does to a person. For many, it becomes that “home” that you never really knew existed until you had to leave.
The show will be broadcast on NBCSN on Saturday, December 16th at 12:30 PM.
Here are this years winners:
Rockne Student-Athlete of the Year: Drue Tranquill
Offensive Newcomer of the Year: Brandon Wimbush
Defensive Newcomer of the Year: Jonathan Bonner
The Echo for Defensive Newcomer of the Year goes to senior defensive lineman @The_Realest55 for his consistency and mature manner on and off the field this season. #GoIrish ☘ #NDEchoes17 pic.twitter.com/FMxreqmD0k— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) December 9, 2017
Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year: Dillan Gibbons
Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year: Alohi Gilman
Father Lange Iron Cross Award: Durham Smythe
Irish Around the Bend Award: Nic Weishar
Moose Krause Defensive Lineman Award: Jerry Tillery
Offensive Lineman of the Year Award: Mike McGlinchey
Nick Pietrosante Award: Austin Webster
WOPU Player of the Year Award: Robert Regan
Robby has worked his way from scout team to being the most dominant and effective player on kickoff this season.— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) December 9, 2017
The Echo for WOPU Player of the Year goes to @robbyregan. #GoIrish ☘ #NDEchoes17 pic.twitter.com/neHZSa6Zqd
Impact Player of the Year: Te’Von Coney
Special Teams Player of the Year: Greer Martini
He exemplifies everything you are looking for in a great special teams player - he is smart, physically tough, and dedicated to helping his team in any way he can.@GreerMartini48 earns the Echo for Special Teams Player of the Year!#GoIrish ☘ #NDEchoes17 pic.twitter.com/sp1ErVb7f3— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) December 9, 2017
Next Man In Award: Andrew Trumbetti
"He's a very hard-nosed guy, hard-working."— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) December 9, 2017
"It was one of those yes, I need that in my life type hit"@AndrewTrumbetti has earned the Echo for the Next Man In. #GoIrish ☘ #NDEchoes17 pic.twitter.com/L74wCbAvta
Offensive Player of the Year: Josh Adams
"He's a guy I would like to be in the future."— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) December 9, 2017
Seven games with over yards rushing, 9️⃣ touchdowns and an 85-yard touchdown against USC will earn Josh Adams the Echo for Offensive Player of the Year.#GoIrish ☘ #NDEchoes17 pic.twitter.com/QIPIaNDR0J
Defensive Player of the Year: Nyles Morgan
"Once you look him in his eyes on gameday you know it's time to go."— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) December 9, 2017
He's a leader on and off the field. The senior captain treats everything with an intensity that you have to meet.
The Echo for Defensive Player of the Year goes to @Nylesmorgan_5.#GoIrish ☘ #NDEchoes17 pic.twitter.com/yGMq84P1TC