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Te'o is Heisman finalist

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o's busy week had another stop Monday night.

The senior was named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, along with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Kansas State quarter Collin Klein.

Te'o was named the Butkus Award winner, as top linebacker, and he won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, given to college football's best defensive player, in Charlotte, N.C.

Te'o will continue his awards tour through the week.

He goes to New York on Tuesday for the presentation of the Campbell Trophy, top scholar-athlete, then he goes to Houston on Wednesday for the presentation of the Lombardi Award, for top linemen, then Orlando on Thursday for ESPN's "Home Depot Awards" show where he is in the running for the Chuck Bednarik Award, as defensive player of the year, and Maxwell Award, as player of the year.

Te'o will return to New York on Friday as a finalist for the Hesiman Trophy, and he ends his week in Newport Beach, Calif., where he is a finalist for the Lott IMPACT Award.

The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Te'o has a team-high 103 tackles, with 5½ for loss, and seven interceptions.

Te'o was named the ARA sportsmanship award winner last week.

Te'o was also named a first-team All-American by BCS Sports on Monday. Defensive end Stephon Tuitt also earned first-team honors.

Tuitt, who was listed as a defensive tackle by CBS Sports, led the team with 12 sacks and had 42 tackles.

Tight end Tyler Eifert and center Braxston Cave were second-team selections.

Eifert, a Bishop Dwenger graduate, had team highs in receptions (44) and receiving yards (624), Cave started every game for Notre Dame this season and is a finalist for the Rimington Trophy, presented to the most outstanding center.

The other Rimington finalists are Louisville's Mario Benavides, Clemson's Dalton Freeman, USC's Khaled Holmes, Alabama's Barrett Jones and Penn State's Matt Stankiewitch.

Nose guard Louis Nix III was named a third-team All-American by CBS Sports. He had 45 tackles with 561/27.for loss.

Brian Kelly was named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, along with Gary Andersen (Utah State), Dave Doeren (Northern Illinois), Urban Meyer (Ohio State), Will Muschamp (Florida), Bill O'Brien (Penn State), David Shaw (Stanford), Bill Snyder (Kansas State) and Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M).

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.

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