Te'o semifinalist for Lott Trophy
Manti Te'o was named one of eight semifinalists for the 2011 Lott Trophy on Wednesday.
The junior linebacker joins Dont'a Hightower (LB, Alabama) and Luke Kuechly (LB, Boston College) as the only players in the country to be named a semifinalist for the Lott, Lombardi and Butkus Awards.
Te'o (Laie, Hawai'i) leads the Irish in total tackles (87), solo stops (44), assisted tackles (43) and tackles on running plays (61). He also leads the Irish in sacks (4.5) and tackles for loss (11.0). Te'o ranks 27th in the FBS in tackles (9.67), tied for 38th in tackles for loss (1.22/game) and tied for 74th in sacks (0.50/game).
Te'o ranks even higher among linebackers - 14th in tackles for loss, 18th in tackles and tied for 18th in sacks. Among inside/middle linebackers, he ranks second in solo tackles for loss, second in solo sacks, third in sacks per game, third in total sacks, fourth in tackles for loss per game, fifth in total tackles for loss and 14th in tackles.
Te'o has eclipsed 10 or more tackles in six of Notre Dame's nine games in 2011 and 15 different times over his career. He has led Notre Dame in tackles six times in 2011 and 16 different times over hiscareer.
Named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, the Lott Trophy is awarded tocollege football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Now in its eighth year, the Lott Trophy is the first college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.
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