Irish celebrate best case scenario

Notre Dame concluded its 2010 season with a revamped Awards Celebration tonight at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Staring at disappointing 4-5 record and much needed bye week on October 31, few of the squad's staff or players, and an even smaller sampling of a suddenly stunned fan base likely envisioned an 8-5 finish, Sun Bowl victory, and dominant defensive effort to close out Brian Kelly's first year at the helm.

That best case scenario put an exclamation point on a trying season and offered hope that 2011 will end with a BCS berth and continued climb back to the top of college football.

Saturday afternoon, Kelly's Irish put to bed the 2010 season with a revamped Awards Ceremony, replete with all-access team highlights as well as two video tributes and award presentations courtesy each member of the team's coaching staff.

The 90-minute show concluded with news that seniors-to-be Michael Floyd and Harrison Smith have been named team captains for the 2011 Irish.

2010 Team Awards

With the exception of the Special Teams Player of the Year award presented to Bennett Jackson (a fantastic championship belt, I might add), the bulk of the awards are earned via team vote. A true freshman, Jackson earned the ST Award through a point system that included 13 tackles, a number which ranked second on the squad.

Monogram Club Most Valuable Player: Michael Floyd
Nick Pietrosante Award: Robert Hughes
Guardian of the Year: Zack Martin
Lineman of the Year: Ian Williams
Next Man In: Tommy Rees
Rockne Student-Athlete: David Ruffer
Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year: Cameron Roberson
Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year: Kendall Moore
Offensive Newcomer of the Year: Tyler Eifert
Defensive Newcomer of the Year: Prince Shembo
Special Teams Player of the Year: Bennett Jackson

The 2011 Awards Celebration is scheduled for Friday, December 9 at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Top Stories