Two handfuls of 2013 recruits and pledges on hand. No acceptance speeches allowed (unless Louis Nix's one-liner counts, that is). Manti Te'o streamed in live from Manhattan. In-depth highlights of every game, and of course, an emotional senior parents' video tribute to the team's 29 graduating players.
Notre Dame's 92nd annual awards ceremony was heavy on senior honorees, with 12 taking home hardware for the undefeated, top-ranked Irish.
Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year Nominees: Nick Fitzpatrick, Bruce Heggie, Will Mahone
Winner: Nick Fitzpatrick
Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year Nominees: Joe Romano, Joe Schmidt, Tyler Stockton
Winner: Tyler Stockton
Offensive Newcomer of the Year Nominees: DaVaris Daniels, Everett Golson, Christian Lombard, Troy Niklas
Winner: Everett Golson
Defensive Newcomer of the Year Nominees: Sheldon Day, Matthias Farley, Keivarae Russell, Danny Spond
Winner: KeiVarae Russell
Irish Around the Bend Award: The inaugural award recognizes the student-athlete's work in the community and on campus.
Winner: Mike Golic, Jr.
A-Team Award: Accountability, Appreciation, and Achievement
Winner: Kapron Lewis-Moore
Count on Me Award: Inaugural award recognizing the Player that will do whatever it takes to help the team
Winner: Theo Riddick
Father Lange Iron Cross Award: Inaugural award recognizing strength & conditioning excellence. The late Father Bernard Lange was the first unofficial strength coach at Notre Dame (for Ara Parseghian).
Winner: Braxston Cave
Special Teams Player of the Year Award : Kyle Brindza
Nick Pietrosante Award: First presented in 1988 to captain Andy Heck, the award recognizes the Notre Dame player who best exemplifies the courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication and pride of the late Irish All-America fullback.
Winners: John Goodman and Robby Toma
Moose Krause Lineman of the Year: Stephon Tuitt and Louis Nix. Said Nix of the honor, "I'd like to thank my mother for this award. She had one beautiful son and he was here tonight."
Guardian of the Year: Zack Martin (his third straight such honor)
Rockne Student-Athlete: Danny Spond
Next Man In: Tommy Rees
Offensive Player of the Year: Tyler Eifert
Defensive Player of the Year: Zeke Motta
Monogram Club MVP: Manti Te'o