Notre Dame has collected a lot of hardware this week. Here is a summary of the awards that Notre Dame won in the interlude between the USC game and the National Title game:
Home Depot Coach of the Year: On Wednesday, Brian Kelly became the first two-time winner of the Home Depot Coach of the Year Award. He won the award while he was at Cincinnati in 2009. Although he has already been awarded as the Coach of the Year, he will receive the official award on Thursday at the College Football Awards on ESPN.
Frank Broyles Award: Bob Diaco, one of the nation’s hottest coaching candidates, was named the winner of the Frank Broyles Award, which is given annually to the nation’s best Assistant Coach. Diaco beat out Georgia’s Bobo, Texas A&M’s Kingsbury, Florida’s Quinn and Stanford’s Mason.
Mackey Award: Each year, the Mackey Award is given to the Nation’s Top Tight End. This year, Tyler Eifert will bring home that trophy. Like Kelly’s Coach of the Year Award, Eifert will officially receive it tomorrow at ESPN’s College Football Awards.
Bronko Nagurski Award: Manti Te’o won the title of Nation’s top Defender by picking up the Bronko Nagurski Award on Monday night. Te’o beat out South Carolina Defensive End Jadeveon Clowney, Alabama Defensive Back Dee Milliner, Georgia Linebacker Jarvis Jones and Florida State Defensive End Bjoern Werner.
Butkus Award: Additionally, Manti Te’o won the Butkus Award, the honor given to the Nation’s Top Linebacker. Te’o was given the award in High School. He became the first person to win the award in High School and then in College.
Although these awards mean a lot to those bringing them home, it would mean a lot more if Te’o could bring home the Heisman or Notre Dame could the National Title.