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Manti Te'o is now the all-time greatest defensive player in Notre Dame history.
Capping off the Fighting Irish's 12-0 season, the 6'2" 255-pound senior linebacker out of Laie, Hawaii, is now the most decorated defensive player in school history, surpassing Michigan’s Charles Woodson for the most awards in one season.
This week he won:
The Butkus Award—Presented to the top linebacker, Te'o is the first Notre Dame player to win it since the award's inception in 1985.
The Nagurski Trophy—Presented to the best defensive player by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America, he is also the first Fighting Irish player to receive this award.
The Walter Camp Award—Presented annually to the Player of the Year, as decided by a group of NCAA n Division I-A head coaches and sports information directors, Te'o becomes only the third defensive player to win the award and the first since Woodson in ’97. Te’o is the fourth Notre Dame player to take home the honor.
The Bednarik Award—Presented annually to the best defensive college football player as judged by the Maxwell Football Club, Te'o is also the first Fighting Irish player to receive this award since its inception in 1995.
The Maxwell Award—Presented to the best college football player in the United States, as judged by a panel of sportscasters, sportswriters, and NCAA head coaches and the membership of the Maxwell Football Club, Te'o was the only defensive player among the finalists and becomes one of a handful of Irish players to take home the award since it was introduced in 1937.
Although Te'o did not win the Heisman, he has soldiered through immense personal tragedy this season to assert himself as the greatest defensive player in the history of the Fighting Irish.