Notre Dame Fighting Irish starting quarterback Sam Hartman is not only showing leadership on the field, but off the field as well.
Since the Wake Forest transfer arrived in South Bend, Sam Hartman has been a Notre Dame Fighting Irish favorite of the fans. It appears that it’s not just people who love the Golden Domers who have seen the kind of man the signal-caller is off the field as well as on.
On Wednesday, it was announced that Hartman is one of 20 semifinalists for the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year award.
The award is:
"“Presented annually to the FBS college football player who has demonstrated a record of leadership by exhibiting exceptional courage, integrity and sportsmanship both on and off the field. The award honors the type of exemplary character and commitment to community, family and teammates demonstrated by Jason Witten, the 2012 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year and one of the most prominent role models in the game.”"
Interestingly enough, among the semifinalists are several players that Hartman has gone toe-to-toe with on the field this season. Cade Stover of Ohio State, Joe Shmiko of North Carolina State, Xavier McDonald of Navy, DeWayne Carter of Duke and Caleb Williams of USC all made the cut.
More Notre Dame Fighting Irish news
- Speaking of great guys off the field as well as on, earlier this week Joe Alt took to Twitter to show off what he and some of his teammates (including Sam Hartman) were doing to give back to the community. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish players got together with the YMCA of Greater Michiana to hang out with young fans.
- Back on the football field for the present and the future, it’s just about time to start wondering which of the current crop of Notre Dame football stars might find themselves in the NFL this time next year. Rivals’ Mike Renner did exactly that.
- It hasn’t been all good news for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish this week. The women’s volleyball team hit a bit of a bump in the road. The Irish lost to 8th ranked Pitt in three sets. The loss means they’re now 10-6 on the season and 4-4 in the ACC.
- Back in the good news column, Xavier Watts continues to get national love. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive back was named the Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week. Watts’ star has shone bright this year and one has to wonder what his draft stock is doing in that wake.