Notre Dame junior linebacker Manti Te'o was named a finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation announced.
The award is given to the defensive player who has made the biggest impact on and off the field for his team.
Te'o, who won the weekly Lott Trophy award after Notre Dame's 16-14 win over Boston College on Nov. 19, leads the Irish with 111 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 461/27 half sacks. He is also a finalist for the Butkus Award, given to the top linebacker in college football.
Te'o has a 3.37 GPA and was named academic all-district. He is also on the ballot for the Capital One Academic All-America team that will be announced Dec. 8.
Te'o worked at the South Bend Center for the Homeless in June and has participated in numerous community service projects
The other three finalists for the Lott Trophy are Emmanuel Acho of Texas, Dont'a Hightower of Alabama and Luke Kuechly of Boston College. The winner will be announced Dec. 11.
The IMPACT Foundation will award $25,000 to the general scholarship fund of the winner's university with each of the runner ups' school receiving $5,000.