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Te'o is a unanimous All-American

Linebacker Manti Te'o became Notre Dame's 33rd unanimous All-American when he was named to the Football Writers Association of America All-America team Friday.

The senior from Laie, Hawaii, was already named a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association, The Sporting News, The Walter Camp Football Foundation and the Associated Press. The five teams are what the NCAA uses to award unanimous All-America standing.

Te'o is Notre Dame's first unanimous All-American since receiver Golden Tate earned the honor in 2009, and he is the first Irish defender to be a unanimous All-American since cornerback Shane Walton in 2002.

Te'o, who finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting, became the most honored football player ever by collecting seven major postseason awards this year.

He captured the Lott Trophy, Nagurski Trophy, Butkus Award, Lombardi Award, Bednarik Award, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year.

Te'o led the Irish with 103 tackles and seven interceptions. He has registered three-straight 100-plus tackle seasons, and ranks third in Notre Dame history for career tackles at 427.

Te'o's seven interceptions are tied for third in the Football Bowl Subdivision and leads all FBS linebackers.

For a list of all of Notre Dame's unanimous All-Americans, click here.