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Considered by many to be a sure-fire first round pick after his junior season, Te'o surprised many when he decided to put the NFL on hold and return to the Irish for the 2012 season. After leading Notre Dame in tackles the past three seasons, earning an astounding seven national awards in 2012 and helping lead the Irish back to national prominence with a berth against Alabama in the BCS Title game, he appeared well on his way towards winning his gamble.
A shockingly pedestrian performance against the Crimson Tide, however, threatened to chip away at his previously unquestioned status as the top inside linebacker in the 2013 draft class.
Since, Te'o's stock has further taken a hit after being embroiled in an admittedly embarrassing "hoax" that hit the national stage Jan. 16. NFL teams had the opportunity to speak to him without cameras (or his lawyer) during interviews at the Scouting Combine and leading up to the draft.
Te'o was widely considered the top linebacker recruit out of high school in 2008 and the top defensive prospect by many, choosing Notre Dame over USC and several other top programs.
He worked his way into the starting lineup as a true freshman and started nine games, finishing fourth on the team in tackles with 63 stops. Te'o emerged as a defensive leader in 2010 as a sophomore, leading the team with a career-best 133 tackles. He again led the Irish defense in tackles in 2011 as a junior with 128 stops, adding 13.5 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks and earning All-American honors.
While he did not join former Michigan star Charles Woodson as the second defender to win the Heisman Trophy, Te'o is considered by some to be the most decorated defender in college football history. He won the Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Awards as the nation's top player overall, the Lott IMPACT Defensive Player of the Year award, as well as the Bednarik Award (best defender), Nagurski Award (best defender), the Lombardi Award (best lineman/linebacker) and Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker.
While the NFL could care less about a collegiate prospect's stocked trophy case, it is tough not to acknowledge the relative safety that the 6-2, 255-pound Te'o provides as an instinctive, physical defender capable of making big plays against the run and pass.
STRENGTHS: Possesses a typical Polynesian build. Has a stocky, powerful frame with overall weight distribution and a naturally low-center of gravity which aids him in anchoring against blockers. Shows very good key and diagnosis skills, correctly identifying the intent of the play and quickly attacking.
May not possess elite straight-line speed as timed in workouts but consistently gets to the edge due to his lateral agility, balance and anticipation. Generally a reliable open field tackler. Brings his hips as he hits the ball-carrier, powering through him and wrapping his arm securely for the tackle. Does a nice job of forcing the ballcarrier to commit, rarely allowing cut-back opportunities.
Returned for his senior season dedicated to making himself a more productive defender against the pass and was incredibly successful in those role, demonstrating not only better speed and fluidity but instincts in coverage. Entered his senior campaign with zero career interceptions but recorded seven in 2012 to lead all FBS linebackers.
Showed much better awareness, body control and ball-skills in this regard as a senior. Known throughout his career as a leader and a man of integrity. Voted a team captain. Earned the prestigious Eagle Scout award in 2008.
WEAKNESSES: Does not possess elite straight-line speed and may struggle to beat the NFL's faster backs to the edge. Was protected by an awfully talented defensive front at Notre Dame and struggled to get off blocks against Alabama when they were unable to keep blockers away from him.
While remarkably productive as a pass defender in 2012, does not possess ideal change-of-direction skills for man coverage responsibilities against NFL pass-catchers. May have shorter than ideal arm-length, which contributed to his slipping off ballcarriers, on occasion. Regardless of the reason, Te'o played poorly in the biggest game of his life.
Te'o handled himself well during media interviews following the dead girlfriend hoax that played out on the national stage, but did he satisfy the concerns teams have during private interviews?
COMPARES TO: AJ Hawk, ILB, Green Bay Packers -- Like Hawk, Te'o may struggle to live up to his hype in the NFL after a dominant collegiate career. Nevertheless, the instinctive and stout run-defender will ultimately prove to be a quality inside linebacker whose consistency and leadership help push his NFL team toward success.
One of highest regarded and most-decorated defensive recruits to select Notre Dame in recent memory ... played in every Irish game over his first two seasons and started 23 contests ... totaled 196 tackles, 95 solo stops,15.0 tackles for loss,two sacks,four pass breakups and one forced fumble ... his 133 tackles in 2010 finished just outside the top 10 in single-season school history ... the 133 tackles were the most by an Irish player since Tony Furjanic made 147 in 1983 ... has recorded 10 or more tackles in a game nine times over his career ... only four Irish players started more games on defense in 2009 ... recorded third-most tackles ever by an Irish freshman and ranked fourth on team with 63 stops.
Te'o had 128 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks and a forced fumble in 2011.
Team-high 98 tackles with 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 6 interceptions, 4 pass breakups and two fumble recoveries...Te'o has recorded six interceptions this year and is tied for second in the FBS in total interceptions ... has set a Notre Dame record for most interceptions in a season by a linebacker...Only one FBS linebacker in the last 11 seasons has recorded more interceptions than the six tallied by Te'o ... Te'o has started 47 career games at Notre Dame, including 46 consecutive contests. That is the longest streak of any linebacker in the nation and fourth-longest of any defensive player in the country
Only one player has recorded more takeaways this season than Te'o who has generated eight turnovers (six interceptions and two fumble recoveries) ... Te'o has played a role in 10 of the 21 turnovers forced by Notre Dame's defense (six interception, two fumble recoveries and hurried two passers on plays directly resulting in interceptions) ...Te'o leads the Irish with 98 tackles and is on pace to become only the second Notre Dame player to ever record at least 100 tackles in three seasons ...Leader of the defense ranked No. 1 in points allowed per game and No. 6 in yards allowed per game.
Saw action in all 13 games in 2010 ... one of 11 players to start all 13 games for the Irish this season ... joined LB Darius Fleming, CB Gary Gray, DE Kapron Lewis-Moore, DE Ethan Johnson, S Harrison Smith and CB Darrin Walls as the only players on the defensive side of the ball to start all 13 games ... totaled 133 tackles, including nine and a half tackles for loss (34 yards), one sack (seven yards), one forced fumble and two pass breakups ... led the Irish in total tackles (133), tackles on running plays (95), tackles on passing plays (35, tied), solo tackles (66) and assisted tackles (67) ... also ranked second on the team in tackles for loss (9.5) ... nearly became the first Notre Dame defender to eclipse 100 total tackles and lead the team in tackles for loss since Melvin Dansby in 1997 ... nearly became the first Irish defender to lead the team in total tackles and tackles for loss since Brandon Hoyte in 2005 ... ranked t-18th in the FBS in tackles per game (10.23), 12th in total tackles (133), tied for 17th in assisted tackles (67) and tied for 29th in solo stops (66) ... eclipsed 10 or more tackles in seven different games (Michigan, 13; Michigan State, 11; Stanford, 21; Boston College, 10; Western Michigan, 10; Navy, 13; Army, 12) ... only failed to reach double digits in tackles in six games (Purdue, Pittsburgh, Tulsa, Utah, USC and Miami) ... added one tackle for loss, forced a fumble and registered a pass breakup against the Wolverines ... recorded two and a half tackles for loss for a total of 15 yards in the overtime defeat against the Spartans ... registered at least one tackle for loss in seven of Notre Dame's 13 games, including five consecutive games (Western Michi- gan, Navy, Tulsa, Utah and Army) ... finished with nine tackles against the Black Knights, nine tackles against the Boilermakers, nine tackles against the Utes, eight versus the Golden Hurricane and six against the Trojans and Hurricanes (missed most of the second-half with an injury) ... his 133 tackles in 2010 finished just outside the top 10 in single-season school history ... the 133 tackles were the most by an Irish player since Tony Furjanic made 147 in 1983 ... his 133 tackles rank as the third-most ever by a Notre Dame sophomore ... Crable's school record total of 187 in 1979 and Furjanic's total of 142 in 1983 came during each of their second year in an Irish uniform ... established a career-high in tackles with 21 against Stanford ... first player in the FBS in 2010 to eclipse the 20-tackle barrier ... no player in the FBS has had more tackles in one game against a BCS conference foe since Durell Mapp of North Carolina had 23 stops against North Carolina State on Nov. 10, 2007 ... most tackles by a sophomore against a BCS opponent since Austin Thomas of Indiana had 22 against Michigan State on Oct. 13, 2007 (Luke Kuechly equaled total of 21 on Nov. 13, 2010 against Duke) ... most tackles by a Notre Dame player since Chinedum Ndukwe had 22 in a victory over Air Force on Nov. 11, 2006 ... the 21 tackles against Stanford not only rank as the sixth-most in single-game school history, but also the second-most ever by an Irish sophomore ... Bob Crable was a sophomore when he tied the school record with 26 stops against Clemson on Nov. 17, 1979 ... totaled 824 snaps on defense, the most of any Irish player.
Linebacker appeared in all 12 games as rookie, while starting 10 ... finished season with 63 total tackles, ranking fourth on team and third most for any freshman in program history ... became full-time starter in fifth game of season against Washington and recorded 57 tackles over last eight games, second most on team ... added five and a half tackles for loss, one sack and one pass breakup in first season ... recorded two solo tackles in his Irish debut against Nevada including tackle on first career play in Irish uniform...recorded only sack of season against Purdue with 16 seconds left in contest to help secure Notre Dame's 24-21 win over Boilermakers...totaled 10 tackles in first game as full-time starter against Washington ... tied for team-high honors with eight tackles against USC ... paced Irish with nine tackles against Boston College including season-best two and a half tackles for loss and one pass breakup ... recorded season-high seven solo tackles in final home game against Connecticut ... matched season high with 10 tackles in season finale against Stanford ... totaled 238:28 of playing time and made 63 special-teams appearances.
Selected to play in 2009 Under Armour All-American game in Orlando ... participated in Hawaii Prep Foot- ball Classic, which featured an all-star team from U.S. mainland against an all-star team from Hawaii ... named 2008 High School Athlete of the Year by Sporting News ... selected as defensive player of the year by USA Today ... became inaugural high school recipient of the Butkus Award, given to the best linebacker in the country ... two-time recipient of Hawaii Gatorade Player-of-the-Year award in 2007 and 2008 ... Sporting News rated him the top defensive player in the nation and second-best player in the country ... rated second-best overall prospect in the ESPNU150 and best linebacker according to ESPN ... ranked fifth nationally in SI/TAKKLE Top 200 for 2008 ... rated third in 2009 Athlon Consensus 100 ... ranked sixth nationally by Scout.com and its top linebacker prospect ... Rivals.com ranked him as 12th-best overall player nationally and second-best inside linebacker ... rated as the best player in Hawaii according to Rivals.com's postseason state rankings ... listed seventh nationally in Chicago Sun-Times rating of top 100 players ... Tom Lemming of CBS College Sports rated him as 12th-best all around player in his Top 100 ... named to SuperPrep Elite 50 squad as 12th-best overall player and made SuperPrep All-America team as second-best linebacker in the county ... also named SuperPrep Farwest Defensive Player of the Year ... named top overall prospect in the Offense- Defense 100 ... top vote-getter among defensive players in Long Beach Press-Telegram's 2009 Best in the West team ... selected to Western 100 in 2008 by Tacoma News Tribune ... named to 2008 MaxPreps All-America first-team defense as a senior ... named 2007 defensive player of the year and first-team all-state linebacker by Honolulu Star-Bulletin ... received first-team all-state and conference defensive player of the year honors as junior and senior by Honolulu Advertiser ... as sophomore named 2006 second-team all-state linebacker by both Honolulu Advertiser and Honolulu Star-Bulletin as well as first-team all-conference ... registered 129 tackles, 11 sacks, three forced fumbles, three interceptions, one which he returned for a touchdown and a blocked punt that he scored a touchdown on during his senior campaign ... helped Punahou High School team capture its first ever state championship by racking up eight tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss, and a forced fumble in title game en route to 38-7 victory ... recorded 90 tackles and five sacks as junior in 2007 ... named an Eagle Scout in 2008 and volunteers his time at Hawaii Special Olympics and Head Start Preschool program ... graduated from President Barack Obama's high school ... high school teammate of Irish wide receiver Robby Toma ... played for head coach Kale Ane at Punahou School.
Born Jan. 26, 1991 ... full name is Manti Malietau Louis Te'o ... son of Ottilia and Brian Te'o ... enrolled in College of Arts and Letters as a design major ... earned a cumulative grade-point average of 3.348.
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03/21/17 - LB Manti Te'o and the Saints have agreed on a two-year deal to bring the former Chargers linebacker and defensive co-captain to New Orleans, ESPN reports. Te'o, 26, was drafted by the San Diego Chargers with the 38th overall pick in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. In 38 career games (34 starts), Te'o has 221 tackles, two interceptions and 1 1/2 sacks. Last season, Te'o sustained a season-ending Achilles' tendon tear in Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts.
10/06/16 - CB Jason Verrett was placed on injured reserve by the San Diego Chargers on Friday with a partially torn ACL in his left knee.
The Chargers signed cornerback Trevor Williams off the practice squad to fill his roster spot, and the team filled Williams' spot with nose tackle Ryan Carrethers, who was waived Wednesday.
Verrett told the team on Tuesday that he was experiencing soreness in the knee, and an MRI on Wednesday revealed the partial tear that will require season-ending surgery. He is believed to have suffered the injury in a Week 2 victory over Jacksonville and has played with a partially torn ligament in his knee for the past two weeks. Verrett said there were "a lot of plays" the past few weeks where his body didn't feel right, but he was still shocked by the MRI results.
Verrett's season ends with 13 tackles, an interception and three passes defensed in four games. He also missed 10 games as a rookie to a torn labrum.
"It hurts, being able to get the results and then seeing my season is over with," Verrett said. "I was off to a good start. I definitely wanted to see how this season goes. I wanted to get back to another Pro Bowl, man. All of the above. I wanted to continue to be out there. It hurts. I cried yesterday, knowing it was a possibility with getting the MRI. Now, seeing I have a torn ACL, it sucks."
The loss of Verrett, a first-round pick in 2014 who has emerged as one of the league's top cover men, is a big blow to a pass defense that already ranks 27th in the NFL. Fellow starter Brandon Flowers has been sidelined since Week 3 due to a concussion.
The Chargers re-signed Steve Williams on Wednesday, and he practiced along with the team's only other healthy cornerbacks - Craig Mager and Pierre Desir. If Flowers isn't cleared to play against Oakland on Sunday, Mager and Desir could be in line to start against the league's No. 8 passing offense averaging 265.5 yards per game.
Trevor Williams, 5-feet-11 and 191 pounds, signed
09/28/16 - ILB Manti Te'o (Achilles tendon) was placed on season-ending IR.
09/27/16 - ILB Manti Te'o is lost for the season after injuring his Achilles on Sunday. "I had so many big dreams for my team," said Te'o, who is in the last year of his rookie contract. "Just because I am down does not mean that it is over," he said. "But I just wish I could be right there with them."
09/26/16 - LB Manti Te'o left the game in the first quarter with an Achilles injury.
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