- Matt Fortuna, ESPN Staff Writer
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Manti Te'o is one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, given to the nation's best defensive player.
Corner Shane Walton (2002) is the only other Irish player to be named a finalist.
The winner will be announced Dec. 3 and presented the trophy at a gala banquet in Charlotte, N.C., with Brian Kelly, coincidentally, giving the keynote address. The NFL Network will broadcast the event.
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