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Friday, July 13, 2012
LB Manti Te'o earned recognition on the Bednarik Award Watch List.
Te'o (Laie, Hawaii/Punahou H.S.) led the Irish with 128 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and five sacks in 2011. He has collected 261 combined tackles over the last two seasons. Te'o became the 10th player in Notre Dame history to record 300 tackles for a career and currently ranks eighth in school history with 324 tackles.
Walter Camp, Rivals, Phil Steele, SI.com and Associated Press named Te'o a second-team All-American. He earned Capital One Academic All-America second-team honors last year. Te'o was also a finalist for the Butkus Award and Lott Trophy in 2011.