Monday, October 31, 2011

Te'o named Butkus semifinalist October, 25, 2011

By Matt Fortuna
For the second straight year, Manti Te'o is a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, given each season to the nation's top collegiate linebacker.

Te'o won the inaugural high school version of the award in 2008, while at Punahou High School in Laie, Hawaii.

The junior leads Notre Dame this season with 69 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and four sacks.

Te'o is one of 12 semifinalists for the collegiate award. Finalists will be announced Nov. 22, with the winner being announced by Dec. 7.

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