- Matt Fortuna, ESPN Staff Writer
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The honors keep coming for Manti Te'o -- and he has three teammates to share the glory with this time, too.
Te'o was named an Associated Press first-team All-American on Tuesday, one year after the linebacker made the AP's second team.
Eifert, the most prolific tight end in Notre Dame history, was named a second-team AP All-American for the second straight year, and Tuitt joined him at defensive end.
Cave rounded things out for the Irish as a third-team center.
Notre Dame's national title-game opponent, Alabama, landed six players across the three teams, most notably center Barrett Jones and guard Chance Warmack on the first-team offense and linebacker C.J. Mosley and cornerback Dee Milliner on the first-team defense.
Not to take away from any of the players who were honored, but let's just say you'll have a hard time convincing me that there are six interior defensive linemen who had better seasons this fall than Irish noseguard Louis Nix.