Tuesday, September 25, 2012
More honors come Te'o's way
By Matt Fortuna
Manti Te'o was named Tuesday as the Chuck Bednarik player of the week and the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski national defensive player of the week, giving him four national honors for his performance in Notre Dame's win Saturday over Michigan.
With the crowd decked out in leis to celebrate his Hawaiian heritage, Te'o picked off Denard Robinson twice and recorded eight tackles, one for loss. Te'o, who has been dealing with the deaths of his grandmother and girlfriend the past two weeks, won FBS Independent defensive player of the week and Lott IMPACT player of the week honors Monday, the second straight week he had earned both honors.
Te'o will return home this week during the 4-0 Irish's bye. He is tied for the most interceptions by a linebacker (3) on the season and is tied for second overall in fumbles recovered (2). His 1.25 passes defended per game is sixth nationally among linebackers.