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Friday, September 28, 2012
Choosing the best LB: Te'o or Jones

By Matt Fortuna

Who is college football's best linebacker?

Georgia's Jarvis Jones, who is ranked as the No. 1 prospect eligible for next year's NFL draft by ESPN analysts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr., ranks third nationally with 4.5 tackles for loss and fourth with 4.5 sacks in four games.

Notre Dame's Manti Te'o leads the Fighting Irish with 38 tackles and is tied for the team lead with three interceptions. Te'o, who is ranked the No. 8 NFL draft prospect by Kiper and McShay, helped Notre Dame hold Michigan State and Michigan without a touchdown in consecutive games.

Both linebackers have helped guide their teams to undefeated records in the first month of the season, emerging as potential Heisman Trophy candidates along the way.

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