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    Te'o captures Lombardi Award

    10:06 PM, Dec 5, 2012   |    comments
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    Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o continued picked up more hardware on Wednesday by winning the Lombardi Award as the nation's top lineman or linebacker.

    In addition to winning the Nagurski Award for the top defensive player and the Butkus Award as the best linebacker, Te'o is also a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. The winner will be announced Saturday with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein the other finalists.

    Te'o is the fifth Irish player to win the Lombardi Award and first since Aaron Taylor in 1993.

    A senior linebacker from Hawaii, Te'o recorded seven interceptions and 103 tackles this year.

    Other finalists for the Lombardi Award were South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones and Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones.

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