Last night, the Notre Dame football team held its annual end-of-season awards show. Here is a recap of the 2018 Echoes award winners.
Even though the Notre Dame football season is far from being over, the Irish held their annual end-of-season Echoes award show last night. As the Irish kickoff their preparation for the College Football Playoff and their matchup with Clemson, for one night the team gathered with friends and family to reflect on the individual successes of the past season.
There is no doubt that this year’s Irish squad is the true definition of a team. However, great teams are made up by great players who buy into the culture of the program. The Echoes awards night is an opportunity to not just recognize the individuals who make plays on Saturdays. Those who shine off the field — in the weight room, on the scout team, in the community, and classroom — can also get the recognition they deserve for embodying what it means to be a Notre Dame football player.
Here are the awards and winners of the 2018 Echoes awards night:
- Irish Around the Bend (outstanding community service): Nic Weishar
- Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year: Mick Assaf
- Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year: Ovie Oghoufo
- WOPU Player of the Year (outstanding walk-on player): Chris Finke
- Defensive Newcomer of the Year: Alohi Gilman
- Offensive Newcomer of the Year: Dexter Williams
- Father Lange Iron Cross Award (excellence in the weight room): Alex Bars
- Pietrosante Award (individual that embodies all traits desired by a Notre Dame football player): Tyler Newsome
- Moose Krause Defensive Lineman of the Year Award: Jerry Tillery
- Offensive Lineman of the Year: Sam Mustipher
- Rockne Student-Athlete Award: Drue Tranquill
- Special Teams Player of the Year: Justin Yoon
- Defensive Impact Player of the Year: Julian Okwara
- Offensive Impact Player of the Year: Chase Claypool
- Back of the Year: Julian Love
- Humble & Hungry Award: Jonathan Bonner
- Next Man In Award: Brandon Wimbush
- Defensive Player of the Year: Te’von Coney
- Offensive Player of the Year: Miles Boykin
- Most Valuable Player: Ian Book
For the majority of these awards, there are multiple names that could be substituted in with no issue. That is a testament to the type of players and culture that Notre Dame has built — as well as the incredible individual seasons many players have had. Congratulations to all the winners and their success of this past season.
With the 2018 Echoes now in the rear view mirror, all sights are set to the College Football Playoff and Notre Dame’s matchup with No. 2 Clemson in the Cotton Bowl. With the showdown in Jerry’s World exactly three weeks away, be on the lookout for daily slapthesign.com content and game previews leading up to December 29th.