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Manti Te'o,

School:  |  Conference: FBS Independents
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Laie, HI
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Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
Career Notes
One of highest regarded and most-decorated defensive recruits to select Notre Dame in recent memory ... played in every Irish game over his first two seasons and started 23 contests ... totaled 196 tackles, 95 solo stops,15.0 tackles for loss,two sacks,four pass breakups and one forced fumble ... his 133 tackles in 2010 finished just outside the top 10 in single-season school history ... the 133 tackles were the most by an Irish player since Tony Furjanic made 147 in 1983 ... has recorded 10 or more tackles in a game nine times over his career ... only four Irish players started more games on defense in 2009 ... recorded third-most tackles ever by an Irish freshman and ranked fourth on team with 63 stops.
2011 Season
Te'o had 128 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks and a forced fumble in 2011.
2010 Season
Saw action in all 13 games in 2010 ... one of 11 players to start all 13 games for the Irish this season ... joined LB Darius Fleming, CB Gary Gray, DE Kapron Lewis-Moore, DE Ethan Johnson, S Harrison Smith and CB Darrin Walls as the only players on the defensive side of the ball to start all 13 games ... totaled 133 tackles, including nine and a half tackles for loss (34 yards), one sack (seven yards), one forced fumble and two pass breakups ... led the Irish in total tackles (133), tackles on running plays (95), tackles on passing plays (35, tied), solo tackles (66) and assisted tackles (67) ... also ranked second on the team in tackles for loss (9.5) ... nearly became the first Notre Dame defender to eclipse 100 total tackles and lead the team in tackles for loss since Melvin Dansby in 1997 ... nearly became the first Irish defender to lead the team in total tackles and tackles for loss since Brandon Hoyte in 2005 ... ranked t-18th in the FBS in tackles per game (10.23), 12th in total tackles (133), tied for 17th in assisted tackles (67) and tied for 29th in solo stops (66) ... eclipsed 10 or more tackles in seven different games (Michigan, 13; Michigan State, 11; Stanford, 21; Boston College, 10; Western Michigan, 10; Navy, 13; Army, 12) ... only failed to reach double digits in tackles in six games (Purdue, Pittsburgh, Tulsa, Utah, USC and Miami) ... added one tackle for loss, forced a fumble and registered a pass breakup against the Wolverines ... recorded two and a half tackles for loss for a total of 15 yards in the overtime defeat against the Spartans ... registered at least one tackle for loss in seven of Notre Dame's 13 games, including five consecutive games (Western Michi- gan, Navy, Tulsa, Utah and Army) ... finished with nine tackles against the Black Knights, nine tackles against the Boilermakers, nine tackles against the Utes, eight versus the Golden Hurricane and six against the Trojans and Hurricanes (missed most of the second-half with an injury) ... his 133 tackles in 2010 finished just outside the top 10 in single-season school history ... the 133 tackles were the most by an Irish player since Tony Furjanic made 147 in 1983 ... his 133 tackles rank as the third-most ever by a Notre Dame sophomore ... Crable's school record total of 187 in 1979 and Furjanic's total of 142 in 1983 came during each of their second year in an Irish uniform ... established a career-high in tackles with 21 against Stanford ... first player in the FBS in 2010 to eclipse the 20-tackle barrier ... no player in the FBS has had more tackles in one game against a BCS conference foe since Durell Mapp of North Carolina had 23 stops against North Carolina State on Nov. 10, 2007 ... most tackles by a sophomore against a BCS opponent since Austin Thomas of Indiana had 22 against Michigan State on Oct. 13, 2007 (Luke Kuechly equaled total of 21 on Nov. 13, 2010 against Duke) ... most tackles by a Notre Dame player since Chinedum Ndukwe had 22 in a victory over Air Force on Nov. 11, 2006 ... the 21 tackles against Stanford not only rank as the sixth-most in single-game school history, but also the second-most ever by an Irish sophomore ... Bob Crable was a sophomore when he tied the school record with 26 stops against Clemson on Nov. 17, 1979 ... totaled 824 snaps on defense, the most of any Irish player.
2009 Season
Linebacker appeared in all 12 games as rookie, while starting 10 ... finished season with 63 total tackles, ranking fourth on team and third most for any freshman in program history ... became full-time starter in fifth game of season against Washington and recorded 57 tackles over last eight games, second most on team ... added five and a half tackles for loss, one sack and one pass breakup in first season ... recorded two solo tackles in his Irish debut against Nevada including tackle on first career play in Irish uniform...recorded only sack of season against Purdue with 16 seconds left in contest to help secure Notre Dame's 24-21 win over Boilermakers...totaled 10 tackles in first game as full-time starter against Washington ... tied for team-high honors with eight tackles against USC ... paced Irish with nine tackles against Boston College including season-best two and a half tackles for loss and one pass breakup ... recorded season-high seven solo tackles in final home game against Connecticut ... matched season high with 10 tackles in season finale against Stanford ... totaled 238:28 of playing time and made 63 special-teams appearances.
High School
Selected to play in 2009 Under Armour All-American game in Orlando ... participated in Hawaii Prep Foot- ball Classic, which featured an all-star team from U.S. mainland against an all-star team from Hawaii ... named 2008 High School Athlete of the Year by Sporting News ... selected as defensive player of the year by USA Today ... became inaugural high school recipient of the Butkus Award, given to the best linebacker in the country ... two-time recipient of Hawaii Gatorade Player-of-the-Year award in 2007 and 2008 ... Sporting News rated him the top defensive player in the nation and second-best player in the country ... rated second-best overall prospect in the ESPNU150 and best linebacker according to ESPN ... ranked fifth nationally in SI/TAKKLE Top 200 for 2008 ... rated third in 2009 Athlon Consensus 100 ... ranked sixth nationally by Scout.com and its top linebacker prospect ... Rivals.com ranked him as 12th-best overall player nationally and second-best inside linebacker ... rated as the best player in Hawaii according to Rivals.com's postseason state rankings ... listed seventh nationally in Chicago Sun-Times rating of top 100 players ... Tom Lemming of CBS College Sports rated him as 12th-best all around player in his Top 100 ... named to SuperPrep Elite 50 squad as 12th-best overall player and made SuperPrep All-America team as second-best linebacker in the county ... also named SuperPrep Farwest Defensive Player of the Year ... named top overall prospect in the Offense- Defense 100 ... top vote-getter among defensive players in Long Beach Press-Telegram's 2009 Best in the West team ... selected to Western 100 in 2008 by Tacoma News Tribune ... named to 2008 MaxPreps All-America first-team defense as a senior ... named 2007 defensive player of the year and first-team all-state linebacker by Honolulu Star-Bulletin ... received first-team all-state and conference defensive player of the year honors as junior and senior by Honolulu Advertiser ... as sophomore named 2006 second-team all-state linebacker by both Honolulu Advertiser and Honolulu Star-Bulletin as well as first-team all-conference ... registered 129 tackles, 11 sacks, three forced fumbles, three interceptions, one which he returned for a touchdown and a blocked punt that he scored a touchdown on during his senior campaign ... helped Punahou High School team capture its first ever state championship by racking up eight tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss, and a forced fumble in title game en route to 38-7 victory ... recorded 90 tackles and five sacks as junior in 2007 ... named an Eagle Scout in 2008 and volunteers his time at Hawaii Special Olympics and Head Start Preschool program ... graduated from President Barack Obama's high school ... high school teammate of Irish wide receiver Robby Toma ... played for head coach Kale Ane at Punahou School.
Personal
Born Jan. 26, 1991 ... full name is Manti Malietau Louis Te'o ... son of Ottilia and Brian Te'o ... enrolled in College of Arts and Letters as a design major ... earned a cumulative grade-point average of 3.348.
 
 
Latest News
01/24/2013 - The voice of the woman Manti Te'o thought was his girlfriend has turned out to be the voice of the man who perpetuated the hoax. The voice of the woman who spent on the phone with the Notre Dame star linebacker is Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man now identified as the person behind the hoax, his lawyer told the New York Daily News. Milton Grimes told the paper that Tuiasosopo disguised his voice and assumed the identity of Lennay Kekua with the goal of developing a relationship with Te'o.

Te'o "thought it was a female he was talking with. It was Ronaiah as Lennay," Grimes said, adding that Tuiasosopo wasn't trying to cause harm to Te'o. "This wasn't a prank to make fun," Grimes told the paper. "It was establishing a communication with someone. ... It was a person with a troubled existence trying to reach out and communicate and have a relationship." - The Sports Xchange

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