DALLAS - University of Notre Dame sophomore linebacker Manti Te'o has been named to the 2010 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, announced by the Football Writers Association of America on Monday. The award is given to the nation's top defensive player at the Charlotte Touchdown Club annual awards banquet.
Te'o, one of 74 players announced to the preseason watch list, played in all 12 games last season. He started 10 contests and recorded the third-most tackles ever by a Notre Dame freshman. Te'o ranked fourth on team with 63 stops. He added 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and one pass breakup.
Te'o became a full-time starter in fifth game of season against Washington and proceeded to register 57 tackles over last eight games, which was the second most of any player on the squad over the stretch. He recorded 10 tackles against both Washington, his first career start, and in the season finale at Stanford.