The junior wide receiver's acceptance speech, after being named the 2010 Irish football Most Valuable Player, seemed barely longer than his 40 time.
All in all, the roughly 800 people who jammed ND's DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts, essentially test cases for the tweaked format, seemed to embrace the evolved Notre Dame Awards Show.
Just as they seem to want to embrace the 2011 Irish.
But how will the actual team evolve?
That process is still percolating, though second-year head coach Brian Kelly continues to offer clues.
Most likely it will be a synthesis of the fastbreak offense he brought from Cincinnati and old school Notre Dame principles on both sides of the ball that Kelly bought into late in 2010, principles that helped rescue the Irish from a lost season.
Kelly watched a more-polished and higher-octane version of his spread offense play in the national title game Jan. 10, when coach Chip Kelly (no relation except in offensive thinking) brought Oregon and the nation's leader in total and scoring offense to college football's biggest stage.
Auburn, the nation's No. 7 offense, won what turned out to be a game surprisingly flavored by the defenses, 22-19.
"I don't know that anybody dominated anybody," Brian Kelly said. "But it's pretty clear you don't get to that game unless you play good defense. You continue to keep that in the back of your mind.
"If you want to win a national championship, you can't do it (by using the formula) like we did at Cincinnati or Central Michigan. You can't just outscore people, because they're going to get you. And that's probably more important than anything (I took from the game)."
Kelly's Irish played BCS-caliber defense over their last four games and finished 8-5 overall. And if Notre Dame continues down that defensive path, it will have to revamp its already-expanded awards lineup.
The noticeable hiccup Saturday at the DeBartolo Center was that sophomore linebacker Manti Te'o didn't take home any hardware. The team did honor the late Declan Sullivan, the student videographer who died at an ND practice in late October, in an opening montage.
Next year's non-banquet will keep the non-traditional format but move back to a more traditional time. It will be held Dec. 9, 13 days after the regular-season finale at Stanford.
Here are Saturday's award winners: