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Monday, December 5, 2011
Kuechly tops Te'o for Butkus Award

By Matt Fortuna

Boston College junior Luke Kuechly won the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker.

Notre Dame junior Manti Te'o was one of six finalists for the award and finished in fourth place in the voting, notching 20 points and one first-place vote.

Kuechly, whom Te'o and the Irish defeated Nov. 19, received 58 points and 19 first-place votes after finishing second to Texas A&M's Von Miller last season.

Alabama's Dont'a Hightower (33 points and five first-place votes) and Courtney Upshaw (23 and three) finished second and third, respectively. Nebraska's Lavonte David (16 and one) and Georgia's Jarvis Jones (14 and one) finished fifth and six.