ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit released his annual Pre-Season Herbie Awards on Monday and Notre Dame was pretty well represented. Here’s a quick look at how Herbstreit ranked the Irish.
- #7 Wide Receiver – Golden Tate
- #3 Tight End – Kyle Rudolph
- #3 Pocket Presence QB – Jimmy Clausen
- #2 True Freshman – Manti Te’o
- #2 Team Movin’ On Up – Notre Dame
- #4 Up and Coming Assistant/Coordinator – Corwin Brown
- #7 Student Section – Notre Dame
- All Uni Team: What A College Team Should Look Like – Sam Young
The most surprising is seeing Rudolph listed as the #3 tight end in the country. While Notre Dame fans are expecting big things from Rudolph, it’s nice to see him getting some recognition from the mainstream media. Rudolph could be ready to burst on to the college football scene this year and is going to be a major weapon for Jimmy Clausen and the Irish offense.
It’s also nice to see Corwin Brown getting recognized as one of the better young coaches in the country. While he might not be calling the plays on defense this year, his role with the team this year could be equally as important.
It would have been nice to see Michael Floyd get some recognition from Herbstreit though. Herbie had AJ Green and Julio Jones in the top 3 wide receivers in the country, but didn’t have Floyd on his list even though he had comparable stats to them before his injury last year. Golden Tate is getting most of the recognition between he and Floyd this pre-season, but by the end of the year it wouldn’t surprise me if Floyd had the better overall numbers.
Some Notre Dame opponents made Herbie’s list as well.
Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick was the #6 pocket passer; Stanford’s Toby Gerhart the #1 RB ready to take it to the next level; USC’s Damian Williams the #4 WR, Kristofer O’Dowd the #1 Hogmolly, Matt Barkley the #3 first year starting QB & #1 True Freshman, Everson Griffen the #5 DE, Taylor Mays the #1b Safety; and Washington’s Jake Locker the #6 dual threat QB.
As far as teams go, Herbstreit has Michigan as a team on the rise and Boston College and UConn as teams on the decline.
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