Linebacker Manti Te’o, whose defensive play helped to spur Notre Dame to a 12-0 season, was selected as the winner of the Walter Camp national player of the year award Thursday night in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Te’o also won the Bednarik defensive player of the year in the annual college football awards event at Walt Disney World.
He took the award ahead of finalists Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, who are also finalists for the Heisman Trophy that will be awarded Saturday night.
He was the fourth Notre Dame player to win the award and only the third defensive play to receive it.
The Camp honor is voted on by the Football Bowl Subdivision coaches and sports information directors.
Te’o, who made 103 tackles for Notre Dame, already has won the Butkus Award, the Bronko Nagurski Award and the Lombardi Award since the end of the regular season.
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