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Linebacker | Notre Dame
The most decorated player in college football history -- awards-wise, at least -- can add one more distinction to his growing list of them. Te'o already has broken Charles Woodson's 1997 record of five national awards, and he will be playing for an even bigger prize next month. The senior linebacker overcame the deaths of his grandmother and his girlfriend within hours of each other earlier this season and has restored the glory at Notre Dame, which will square off with defending champion Alabama on Jan. 7. Te'o has nine takeaways (seven interceptions, two fumble recoveries) and 103 tackles for the undefeated, No. 1 Irish.
-- Matt Fortuna
I do believe that is only for a single season. Not sure that "most decorated" applies to college career.
This post was edited by dpfenny 16 months ago
Scored 4 touchdowns...in a single game. Polk High!
3 time POTW, member since 2006, MLWTI: 4-3
This post was edited by Status 16 months ago
Great year for Teo'o. Happy he didn't win Heisman though, his year wasn't even close to Chuck's in 97, and it would have been a shame for another defensive player to win the Heisman if their year wasn't close to Chuck's.
Woodson won it because of the added special teams and offense he played. TDs = Heisman. It is an offensive award. Woodson did enough on offense and special teams to add to his amazing coverage on D to get him the award.
Woodson was also a much more dynamic player and more of a gamechanger IMO. Teo'o is a great player and rock solid, but I think a lot of his picks were more being in the right spot and right time as opposed to being a huge playmaker.
I just think ND hype, as well as Teo'os tragic personal life played a part in his campaign for Heisman as opposed to him earning it with his play. Teo'o was a great defensive player this year, but not close to Heisman IMO. I'd even say Nick Fairley's year for Auburn was more dominant and gamechanging than Teo'os.
Agreed. He got the sympathy vote for just about every award he won. Great player and he seems to be in the right spot more times than not but he's not deserving for all the awards that he got in my opinion based on stats from him and other players that others have posted.
I'm surprised Te'O got as many votes as he did. Definitely didn't think it would be as close as it was. Happy for outcome though. The best college football player won the award, not the guy with the best story on the #1 ranked team. I think the only category Te'O led the nation in as a LB was INT's. Plenty of other LB's with more tackles than him, sacks, TFL, etc.
"DOMINATE the state" - James Franklin 1/11/14
And INT's for a linebacker often happen due to poor QB play.
I can tell you, two of Te'o's picks came against Michigan. One was a tip ball he corralled, the other was a throw in his chest on a horrible decision by Denard. I wonder how many others were the same.
Dude's won a lot of awards this year, and that's great. But there's only one "decoration" that matters, and that's rings.
and he's coming for that
He's got the opportunity, but IMO he won't be the best linebacker in the game.
Fair point. Mosley would rather be good than lucky
any reason Mosley did not sweep most of the awards?
edit: was supposed to be a pic of spike80df. oh well.
all in fun, good luck irish.
This post was edited by theharbinater 16 months ago
he doesn't have a sob story and a crazed media darling backing from a success starved program?
I would think that constantly being in the right place at the right time would make someone a playmaker. Lucky 7 times?
3 time POTW
didnt have the story
Yes Te'o is one of the top 2 LBs projected in draft because he is lucky.
don't these people crack you up? they do me...
The overvaluing of ND NFL prospects is an annual event. Just another ND tradition.
so you think he won't be any good at the next level?
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