As the college football season comes to a close and we start to enter bowl season, for some teams almost a month after their last game, we have something to fill that short term void. It’s the college football award season, and it anchored by the ESPN/AP All-American list. While most of the names on the list and teams represented are entirely expected, the bigger college programs in Indiana had a few mentions.
Notre Dame led the Indiana schools with 2 players named to the All-American team. Sam Mustipher, Center for Notre Dame, was named All-American after an exceptional season. He allowed just one sack this season in 883 plays.
In 2017 he didn’t give up a single sack the entire season. The second player named All-American for the Fighting Irish was cornerback Julian Love.
Love, who has recorded 47 tackles, 3 of them for a loss, one pick and three fumble recoveries this season, was a clear leader on the defensive side of the ball. Love holds the school record for passes defended at 43, one of the many reasons Notre Dame has only given up seven passing touchdowns this season. Clemson will have a very tough time trying to avoid Love when they play the Fighting Irish at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl on Saturday December 29th.
Leading the way for the Purdue Boilermakers is a standout true freshman in every sense of the term. Rondale Moore was named winner of the Paul Hornung Award, given to the most versatile player. But, the accolades do not stop there. Moore has also been named Big 10 Freshman of the Year, and Receiver of the Year.
With catching the ball over 103 times this season and recording over 100 reception yards in seven games it’s easy to see why his trophy case is getting cluttered. On December 28th he will be put on the national stage to show what he is capable of when the Boilermakers take on the Auburn Tigers in the the Music City Bowl on ESPN.