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Manti Te'o a Bednarik Award semifinalist

Updated: November 8, 2010, 7:01 PM ET
By Wes Morgan | ESPNChicago.com

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o was named one of the 16 semifinalists for the 2010 Bednarik Award on Monday, which honors the nation's top defensive player.

The sophomore was already named a semifinalist for this year's Butkus Award, given to the country's most outstanding linebacker. The Hawaiian leads the Fighting Irish (4-5) with 100 total tackles and is tied for a team-high tackles for loss with seven. Te'o currently is seventh in the FBS in tackles per game (11.1), ...

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