POSTED: 5:26 p.m. HST, Dec 5, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 5:30 p.m. HST, Dec 5, 2012
HOUSTON >> Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o won the Lombardi Award today as college football’s best lineman or linebacker.
Te’o, also a Heisman Trophy finalist, had 103 tackles and seven interceptions this year to help the undefeated Fighting Irish reach the BCS championship game against Alabama.
Te’o edged Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones, Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney for the award presented by the Rotary Club of Houston.
On Monday, Te’o won the Dick Butkus Award as the best linebacker, and the Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation’s top defensive player.
Te'o was born and raised in Hawaii and is a 2009 graduate of Punahou School.