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Arrow pointing up for Te'o

Weis says the time was right to give linebacker more time

Updated: October 7, 2009, 11:45 AM ET
By Eric Hansen

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Along with a scintillating 10 tackles in Notre Dame freshman linebacker Manti Te'o's coming-out party Saturday, came roughly an equal number of visible growing pains.

At least by Irish coach Charlie Weis' unofficial count.

But on Tuesday afternoon came the payoff. The first time Te'o stepped on the field since Notre Dame's 37-30 overtime survival of Washington, the vaunted 6-foot-2, 244-pound bundle of exuberance from Hawaii had perhaps his best practice in an Irish ...

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