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Irish Insights


Te'o is Butkus Award finalist

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o is one of six finalists for the Butkus Award, which goes to the country's top linebacker.

Te'o won the high school version of the award.

The junior leads the Irish with 103 tackles, and he has 11 1/2 tackles for loss and 4 1/2 sacks this season.

The other Butkus Award finalists are Nebraska's Lavonte David, Alabama's Dont'a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw, Georgia's Jarvis Jones and Boston College's Luke Kuechly.