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HOUSTON -- Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te o won the Lombardi Award on Wednesday as college football s best lineman or linebacker.

Te o, also a Heisman Trophy finalist, had 103 tackles and seven interceptions this year to help the undefeated Fighting Irish reach the BCS championship game against Alabama.

Te o edged Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones, Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney for the award presented by the Rotary Club of Houston.

On Monday, Te o won the Dick Butkus Award as the best linebacker, and the Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation s top defensive player.

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