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Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Manti Te'o named Butkus finalist

By Matt Fortuna

Manti Te'o is one of six finalists for the Butkus Award, given annually to the nation's top linebacker.

The junior leads Notre Dame in tackles (103), tackles for loss (11.5) and sacks (4.5) this season.

Te'o is coming off a team-best 12-tackle performance in Saturday's 16-14 win against Boston College, his seventh game this season with at least 10 tackles. The performance earned him FBS independent defensive player of the week honors and Lott IMPACT player of the week honors.

The man who had the most tackles in Saturday's game, the Eagles' Luke Kuechly (14), is one of the other five finalists for the award, joining Nebraska's Lavonte David, Georgia's Jarvis Jones and Alabama's Dont’a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw.