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Irish football awards

Notre Dame junior quarterback Jimmy Clausen and junior wide receiver Golden Tate shared the 2009 most valuable player award, presented by the Notre Dame Monogram Club at the 89th Notre Dame Football Banquet, according to the school's Web site. The pair were selected in a vote by the football team and the MVP award was one of five awards presented Friday.

Clausen completed 289 of 425 passes for 3,722 yards with 28 touchdowns and only four interceptions.

Tate totaled 93 receptions for 1,496 yards with 15 receiving touchdowns and added two rushing TDs and one punt return TD.

Fifth-year senior Kyle McCarthy won the Nick Pietrosante Award. The Pietrosante Award is given to the player who best exemplifies the courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication and pride shown by the late Irish All-America fullback.

Senior center Eric Olsen was presented the Guardian of the Year Award, given to the top offensive lineman.

Sophomore Darius Fleming was named the Lineman of the Year from the Moose Krause Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. Fleming had a team-best 12 tackles for loss and ranked had three sacks.

Fifth-senior cornerback Mike Anello and senior offensive guard Chris Stewart were honored with the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award.

Former Irish head coach Charlie Weis presented the awards and spoke to the private audience.

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