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Kelly: Te'o should get Heisman if Notre Dame wins

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 02:30 p.m. HST, Nov 18, 2012

SOUTH BEND, Ind. >> Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly says linebacker Manti Te'o "should win  the Heisman Trophy provided we continue to win."

The unbeaten (11-0) Fighting Irish ascended to No. 1 in the major polls today, a day after beating Wake Forest 38-0 and the Laie native and team captain has been a big part of the effort.

At his weekly press conference Sunday, Kelly said, "The only thing I talk to him about (the Heisman) is that we have the hope that we'll be in New York together in a couple of weeks."

The Heisman Trophy announcement is scheduled for Dec. 8 in New York.

Kelly said, "I'll push for him, I think he (Te'o) should win the Heisman, but he's not really focused on that."

Heisman Trophy balloting begins this week as Fighting Irish finish the regular season Saturday at Southern California.

Only one primarily defensive player, Michigan defensive back Charles Woodson in 1997, has won the Heisman in its 77 years.

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serious wrote:
I hope he makes it, but Klein looks like the favorite.
on November 18,2012 | 09:33AM
joewilly wrote:
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on November 18,2012 | 12:01PM
REMKaneshiro wrote:
What does future NFL success or lack thereof have to do with winning the Heisman? It's a COLLEGE award, right?
on November 18,2012 | 12:16PM
joewilly wrote:
Just stating the obvious man.
on November 18,2012 | 03:21PM
tigerwarrior wrote:
Klein just got his arse handed to him as Baylor crushed Kansas State. Throwing 3 interceptions against an unranked team isn't Heisman Trophy material in my book.
on November 18,2012 | 04:44PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Nice thought, but not likely. Not by a long shot.
on November 18,2012 | 09:53AM
cojef wrote:
In 77 years only 1 lineman was chosen, so the odds are nothin his favor. Nevertheless, the pro prospects are excellent for landing a big contract. Money talks and so,in the end, show me the money! Hooray for Manti Te'o.
on November 18,2012 | 10:04AM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
Hardware is nice on a wall, but I'll take money over a trophy any day. Go Manti.
on November 18,2012 | 03:54PM
gsc wrote:
The Pride of the North Shore !!!!!
on November 18,2012 | 09:55AM
kennie1933 wrote:
That would be great, especially since Te'o is born and raised in Hawaii. Still, a defensive player has an uphill climb. The Heisman is not only great statistics but also how much the player means to the success of his team. With that said, Collin Klein has also meant much to K-State. If it were given for the entire body of work, the 4-5 years he was on the team, I would say Manti would have a better chance. He came to a somewhat dismal ND team and helped turn them around. But the Heisman only looks at the CURRENT year's statistics and unfortunately, there were a lot of other great players this year. Still, you never know what the voters are thinking. He should at least be one of the finalists in NY.
on November 18,2012 | 10:14AM
kaleki wrote:
Best decision he ever made was to go to ND and play. Actually he would have gone away to play and attend school anyway.
on November 18,2012 | 10:47AM
olos73 wrote:
Even if he does not get the Heisman, which almost always goes to an offensive player, he'll prove himself enough in the pros. Local boy done good...
on November 18,2012 | 11:57AM
connie wrote:
Manti Te'o best player on the number one team in the country. Hope he wins the Heisman Trophy. Good Luck Manti. Best wishes for continued success.
on November 18,2012 | 12:48PM
builderguy wrote:
DN does not beat USC. Who have they played? Almost lost to Pitt at home. BK is a flake. Should have lost his job when video student got killed.
on November 18,2012 | 01:07PM
Bayman wrote:
Doubt he will win it, and really, i cant see any defensive player win it, does not make enough of an impact to have a direct impact on whether the team wins or loses, he would have to be making defensive touchdowns and forcing fumbles left and right. Lets face it, notre dame is undefeated, but lets also give some credit where its due...mainly with the ref of some of their games...stanford game, pitt game, purdue game...etc. And yes, ill admit it, i cant stand notre dame.
on November 18,2012 | 01:07PM
nippy68 wrote:
he is by far the best football player to ever come out of the islands both as a player and person. he may not win the heisman but he will be hawaii's heisman at HEART. good luck mr. teo you have represented hawaii well!!!!!
on November 18,2012 | 01:51PM
BobfromKailua wrote:
Trying to view this objectively (which is hard when one is from Hawaii, and we're talking about a defensive player), I think Coach Kelly is correct--but this is what must happen this week for Te'o to win: Notre Dame must win against SC to remain unbeaten and #1, and Te'o must make at least one signature, highlight-type play on national TV, and he must finish the game with impressive stats and no mistakes. All of that is possible. He already has all the other things he needs to get invited to New York--the great personal stories, the fact that he's a senior playing for a storybook Notre Dame team, and the fact that many voters will break a tie in their mind and go with a winner. The other top candidate, Johnny "Football", has already had many signature type plays, and his nickname has made him a media darling. Collin Klein, the other favorite, shot himself in the foot big-time with the loss against Baylor. Bottom line, Johnny Football is the favorite, but Te'o has the great shot to win this thing. Hope so!
on November 18,2012 | 02:13PM
Bdpapa wrote:
He is the closest defensive player to even have a remote chance. I wish him well and if selected it will be well deserved.
on November 18,2012 | 07:29PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Good Luck Manti
on November 18,2012 | 02:13PM
Highinthesierras wrote:
IF - ND has not faced a team with an offense this year. Now with Barkley out, when they lose - out of top ten.
on November 18,2012 | 06:06PM
billybob_76 wrote:
Hope he gets it. It would be a great reminder to him of how he abandoned his friends, faith and most importantly the fans of State of Hawaii. Irish over Warriors, turncoat!
on November 19,2012 | 07:43AM
kaleki wrote:
That's right, he was suppose to stay home and play. Right! Give me a break. He did what was best for he and his family. You think that he went to ND without his family's blessing. Don't forget that he will be graduating with a degree from ND. One of better academic institutions in the country. It's not like he went to Boise State. He didn't abandon anyone. I guess the mainland kids that come to Hawaii to play for the nationally ranked Wahine Volleyball team abandon their State. Make no mistake, the Wahine are ranked because of the mainland players. It's alright for the mainland kids to come here and play but it's not ok for the local kids to go away? This reminds me when Mosi Tatupu went to USC, instead of UH. The local boosters gave him hell for leaving.
on November 19,2012 | 10:25AM
silvangold wrote:
Aw common......you are just stupidly jealous. In fact maybe you should leave here......Have you no good in your heart to see someone succeed???? YUP, you are just jealous. I will not believe thay YOU would give up 'tradition" or whatever you want to lable it, and face "nothing" by not fulfilling your dream! grow up ...
on November 19,2012 | 01:05PM
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