28. Manti Te’o
For as great as Te’o was at Notre Dame, it is sad to think he will most likely be remembered for his catfish experience. Te’o’s freshman season was the third most prolific season by a defensive player in Notre Dame history. Te’o accumulated 63 tackles and recorded one sack. But Te’o’s next three seasons turned him into a Notre Dame legend.
Te’o led the team with 133 tackles his sophomore year. His junior season, Te’o added 128 tackles and five sacks to his tremendous resume. As good as Te’o was the first three years of his career, his senior year was easily his best. Te’o had 113 tackles and an absurd seven interceptions. Notre Dame went on to play for the National Championship, where they lost to Alabama. Te’o won the Butkus, Lombardi, Nagurski, Lambert, Lott and Bednarik awards while also taking home the Walter Camp Award and Maxwell Trophy.
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