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Notre Dame's Te'o wins Maxwell Award

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  • Notre Dame defensive back Manti Te'o displays his trophies after being named the college defensive player of the year and the nation's college player of the year Thursday at the Home Depot College Football Awards in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

      Notre Dame defensive back Manti Te'o displays his trophies after being named the college defensive player of the year and the nation's college player of the year Thursday at the Home Depot College Football Awards in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
    Associated Press

  • Former Notre Dame head coach Ara Parseghian waves to fans Thursday as he arrives at the Home Depot College Football Awards in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Parseghian was honored with the NCFAA Contribution to College Football Award.

      Former Notre Dame head coach Ara Parseghian waves to fans Thursday as he arrives at the Home Depot College Football Awards in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Parseghian was honored with the NCFAA Contribution to College Football Award.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o has won the Maxwell Award, given to the nation's most outstanding player.

Te'o was presented with the award Thursday at the Home Depot College Football Awards show at Disney World. He beat out finalists and quarterbacks Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M and Collin Klein from Kansas State.

He is the first defensive player to win the award since 1980, ending a string of nine straight quarterbacks.

It's the sixth national award that Te'o has won since the end of the regular season. The Fighting Irish senior has also has won the Bednarik Award, Butkus Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Lombardi Award and Walter Camp national player of the year award.

Te'o is also a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, which will be presented on Saturday.

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