Manti Te’oPos: ILB // Height: 6-2 // Weight: 245 lbs // Class: 2013 // Hometown: Laie, HI (Punahou HS)
Manti Te’o shocked the recruiting world when he selected Notre Dame over USC on National Signing Day in 2009. Most felt Notre Dame was out of if for Te’o after the Hawaiian native visited South Bend for Notre Dame’s snow filled meltdown against a bad Syracuse team in November ’08, but Te’o picked the Irish thanks in large part to Charlie Weis and Brian Polian.
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By all accounts, Manti Te’o did a great job off the field at the NFL Combine clearing up any character questions that remained after the bizarre girlfriend hoax story from earlier this year. Conversely, by all accounts, he was not able to turn in as impressive of a performance on the field during drills. In [...]
With the yearly NFL Combine coming up this weekend in Indianpolis, a handful of former Notre Dame players will be taking their first steps towards their professional football careers while trying to impress NFL scouts, executives, and personnel on and off the field. In all, Notre Dame will have seven former gridiron standouts in Indy [...]
What was arguably the biggest story of college football in 2012, has now become the story that never was. A somber tale of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o losing his Grandmother and alleged girlfriend in the span of 6 hours on the same day, had captivated not only the sports nation, but the nation in general. Events took place that softened the hearts of the most hardened, and had people who despise Irish football, rooting for a man who had dealt with two substantial emotional blows, and still found the strength to lead his team on the field in victory. As the story spread, and media outlets picked up on it, it started to gain momentum. So much so, that it thrust Te’o into the national spotlight and he found himself emotionally recanting the story on national television, and allowed the nation to mourn with him.
When Brian Kelly was hired to replace Charlie Weis as the head coach for Notre Dame three years ago, one of the biggest concerns many Notre Dame fans had was his ability to recruit nationally against elite programs. Three years later Kelly has Notre Dame ranked #1 in the BCS standings and the current recruiting [...]
Find out what Brian Kelly, Manti Te'o, and Nick Saban had to say to the media on Saturday at the 2013 BCS Championship media day.
Who inspires Manti Te'o on the field at Notre Dame? Why does he wear #5? Find out why from Te'o's media session at the BCS Championship game.
In the most anticipated BCS National Championship game of all time undefeated and number one ranked Notre Dame will face the toughest test of their miraculous season against defending champion Alabama. Despite being ranked number one the Irish are nine point underdogs to the Crimson Tide and few experts believe the Irish will win.
The Heisman Trust states that “The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work.” This is a perfect description of Manti Te’o. Te’o is a part of a two horse race between [...]
The Irish travelled to Oklahoma double digit underdogs and returned with a signature win to remain undefeated. The Irish knocked off the Sooners 30-13 on the strength of a fourth quarter in which the outscored their hosts 20-7. The hype surrounding the Irish is now at heights not seen in over a decade and the [...]
The Irish squeaked by BYU to move to 7-0 on the season and set up their toughest test so far, a trip to Norman to take on the Sooners. College Gameday will be in attendance for the top ten showdown between the fifth ranked Irish and eight ranked Sooners, with BCS implications hanging in the balance. The following [...]
Notre Dame avoided the so called “trap game” by defeating BYU 17-14 to remain unbeaten at 7-0. The Irish were sloppy, struggling to show balance on offense with Tommy Rees failing to pass the ball with any efficiency. However, the defense continued their strong play, pitching a shutout in the second half and the Irish [...]
Another week. Another win. Another list of a lot of things I liked seeing from our Fighting Irish. There were a lot of hiccups along the way on Saturday, but at the end of the day, Notre Dame beat another top 25 team – a team that had beaten them the last three years – [...]
On the strength of a goal-line stand that will go down in history the Irish remained undefeated on Saturday. Notre Dame is now bowl eligible at 6-0 after their 20-13 overtime victory over Stanford. The Irish defense continued its dominating play, extending their streak of not allowing a touchdown to four games, as well as remaining the only [...]
The Irish are 5-0 and find themselves ranked seventh in the AP and coaches polls after their 41-3 domination of Miami. The following matchups will be crucial for the Irish as College Gameday and the Stanford Cardinal visit South Bend. Notre Dame Linebackers versus Stanford tight-ends The much publicized key to the Stanford offense is their group [...]
Heading into their annual Shamrock Series game the Irish are 4-0 and ranked ninth in the nation. Despite the high ranking and undefeated record the Irish have plenty to improve on if they hope to defeat this week’s opponent Miami. The following are the matchups Notre Dame must win in order to knock off the Hurricanes at Soldier [...]
Notre Dame is on the bye this week and without an opponent to get hyped up for, I decided what better way to dedicate the weekly Wake Up the Echoes post than with a little Heisman hype for Notre Dame’s star linebacker Manti Te’o fresh off being placed on the Sports Illustrated cover this week [...]
Notre Dame senior linebacker and recent recipient of the Lott Impact and Chuck Bednarik Player of the Week Awards, Manti Te’o, added another accolade to a growing list of honors for this season – his first Sports Illustrated cover. Te’o is having a special season already. The kind of season that we all envisioned Te’o [...]
Notre Dame senior linebacker Manti Te’o turned in one of the most dominating performances of his career on Saturday in Notre Dame’s 13-6 win over Michigan and so far this week the Irish captain is getting recognized for it. Te’o was named both the Lott Impact Player of the Week and the Chuck Bednarik Player [...]
There was a lot to like – and plenty not to like (more on that later) – in Notre Dame’s 13-6 win over Michigan on Saturday night. This week’s installment of 5 Things I Liked takes a look at what I liked the most from Notre Dame’s 4th win in four tries this season. The [...]
Notre Dame’s defense stole the show on Saturday in South Bend as the Irish improved to 4-0 on the season with a 13-6 win over Michigan thanks in large part to forcing 6 Wolverine turnovers. UHND’s Pierce O’Leary highlights the players of the game with his weekly column Shamrock Stickers. Manti Te’o Yet again Manti [...]
The Notre Dame defense led the Irish to their first win over bitter rival Michigan since 2008 with a dominating performance that carried a sluggish offense that struggled to put points on the board. Here are some notes based on initial review. Offense The game sped up on Everett Golson this week. Golson was progressing [...]
Little late this week, but here are 5 things I liked from this weekend’s victory over Michigan State. We’ll have the 5 things I didn’t like from the game tomorrow before moving on to Michigan. The Return of Cierre Wood Theo Riddick and George Atkinson III filled in admirably for Cierre Wood while he served [...]
Notre Dame came away from Saturday’s primetime game versus Michigan State with a signature win, and increased expectations. The Irish physically dominated the Spartans en route to a 20-3 victory. This week’s shamrock sticker winners were instrumental in leading the Irish to their first 3-0 start since 2002. Manti Te’o Playing with a heavy heart Manti Te’o turned [...]
Earlier this week I took a look at some things I liked from the win over Purdue last weekend. Today I examine some of the things I didn’t like. Missed tackles Purdue got right back into the game this weekend because of a plethora of missed tackles by the Irish defense – most notably the defensive backs [...]
Welcome to a new weekly column written by regular contributor Pierce O’Leary. Each week Pierce will dole out stickers to the players of the week for the Irish. At the end of the year we’ll look back at who has found their names among those recognized each week. Theo Riddick – 19 carries, 107 yards, [...]