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.
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Winners of the 2012 college football awardsWalter Camp National Player of the Year -- Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
Maxwell Award (best all-around player) -- Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award -- Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Doak Walker Award (outstanding running back) -- Montee Ball, Wisconsin
Fred Biletnikoff Award (outstanding receiver) -- Marqise Lee, Southern Cal
Chuck Bedarnik Trophy (best defensive player) -- Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
Outland Trophy (outstanding collegiate interior lineman) -- Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
Jim Thorpe Award (best defensive back) -- Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
Lou Groza Award (outstanding place-kicker) -- Cairo Santos, Tulane
Ray Guy Award (best punter) -- Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech
Sports Spirit Award -- Nate Boyer, Texas
Coach of the Year -- Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
NCFAA Contribution to College Football Award -- Ara Parseghian
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.