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Kuechly tops Te'o for Butkus Award

December, 5, 2011
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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.

Manti Te'o named Butkus finalist

November, 22, 2011
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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.

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