After the disappointment of Saturday’s Heisman runner-up finish, Manti Te’o still had one stop to make to finish his whirlwind awards week. Te’o packed his bags and left New York to fly to California for Sunday’s Lott IMPACT banquet Sunday night in Newport Beach.
Te’o capped his week by winning the Lott Trophy to bring his haul to seven awards, thus making him the most decorated defensive player in college football history. The Lott Trophy is named for Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott. It honors the college football player for its acronym – IMPACT: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community, and Tenacity.
The other Lott finalists were Arthur Brown of Kansas State, Jarvis Jones of Georgia and Chase Thomas of Stanford. Notre Dame will receive $25,000 for its general scholarship fund for Te’o’s win. Kansas State and Georgia will each receive $5,000 for their funds.
In addition to his Lott Trophy Te’o also won the Butkus, Bednarik, Nagurski, Maxwell, Lombardi, and Walter Camp Awards during the week before finishing as the Heisman runner-up. The previous awards record for a defensive player was five for Michigan’s Charles Woodson in 1997.
Te’o is already back on the Notre Dame campus where he will begin final exams this week. His busy awards schedule forced him to miss ND’s first two bowl practices on Friday and Saturday, but he will be back on the practice field with the team on Tuesday.