Notre Dame football: Irish all over projected Award winner list for 2022
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As we stated above, Patterson is projected by the piece to take down some hardware, as he is the winner of the Rimington Trophy according to Backus. There is no doubt that Patterson should be the front-runner for this award going into his final season in South Bend, and it would be a bit shocking if he did not win it.
Also, Backus listed Brandon Joseph as a finalist for the Thorpe Award, and going into his first season in South Bend, that seems about fair. Joseph had an excellent 2020 campaign in a COVID-shortened season and was a very good player for Northwestern last season, a year where most teams shied away from him.
With the Irish, he is going to be expected to come in and fill the shoes of Kyle Hamilton, a first-round pick from this past April, and one of the better safeties this program has seen in quite some time. Joseph was an All-American at Northwestern, and his talent has shone through since landing in South Bend, so expectations are very high for him this Fall.