User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Irish LB Te'o not thinking about Heisman

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o says if he wins the Heisman Trophy it would be a victory for all defensive players.

Advertisement
``It would definitely be a great step for all of us,'' he said.

Te'o would become just the second defensive player to capture the award, joining Michigan's cornerback Charles Woodson, who won in 1997. But Woodson also played some at wide receiver and returned punts. Te'o would be the first player who played defense only to win the award and the eighth Notre Dame player to win.

While being a defensive player makes winning the award a challenge, Te'o is the face of a defense that for much of the season carried the top-ranked Fighting Irish (12-0) and has Notre Dame on the brink of its first national championship since 1988.

He also has been the team's inspirational leader. Te'o had one of his best games of the season against Michigan State, just days after his girlfriend and grandmother died hours apart. He had 12 tackles, one for a loss, and broke up two passes in the win against Michigan State. A week later, on the day his girlfriend was buried, he had eight tackles and two interceptions against Michigan in a 13-6 win.

He finished the regular season with 103 tackles and seven interceptions - a school record for a linebacker. He said winning the Heisman would be an honor for his teammates as well.

``Without my team, I wouldn't be a Heisman candidate. If we weren't 12-0, I wouldn't be a Heisman candidate,'' he said.

He said he hasn't spent much time thinking about the Heisman, though, saying his focus this week has been on resting and thinking about his remaining time at Notre Dame before he graduates next month.

``All I'm thinking about is the time I have left here at school with my peers and my classmates. I'll be gone all next week so today was my last week of school. It was just hard for me to know it's come to an end, a beautiful end.''

Te'o said this season is proof that God answers prayers.

``If he didn't answer prayers I wouldn't be here,'' he said. ``I wouldn't have came here. I definitely wouldn't have come back for my senior year. I wouldn't have done a lot of things I've done in the past. Because I pray and because he does answer prayers is the reason I'm standing here today.''

Te'o was speaking at a news conference Thursday where he was presented with the Awards and Recognition Association's Sportsmanship Award. He will be traveling the nation next week for various award shows. He is a finalist for the Maxwell (best all-around player), Bednarik (defensive player of the year), Butkus (top linebacker) and Lott (defensive player having the biggest impact) awards.

Te'o said he has no idea what his schedule next week looks like.

``I just go where I'm told,'' he said.

Te'o said he'll watch the SEC championship game between No. 3 Georgia and No. 2 Alabama that will decide who will be Notre Dame's opponent in the BCS title game, but won't be rooting for either team. He said he's just excited to see who the Irish will play.

``I'll enjoy it as a fan and as a future opponent,'' Te'o said. ``Just watching them and how they work and tendencies. My main thing is finding out who we're going to play.''

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Edwards: Pressing Mississippi State
Lawrence: 2014 MWC Preview
Edwards: Top 20 QB Changes
News: LVH posts Conference Odds
Auburn's Marshall pays off citations
Mack Brown to serve as ABC analyst
Nine 'Noles on preseason all-ACC team
Oregon Pac-12 fave after Mariota's return
OK State preparing early for Winston
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NCAAFB College Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2013 CFB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Williams + 1921
Joe Nelson + 1446
Bruce Marshall + 1350
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
No Games Last Week  
   
   
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Joe Nelson 60 %
Doc's Sports 57 %
Joe Williams 57 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Williams + 1312
Brian Edwards + 580
James Manos + 443
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Williams + 1283
Jimmy Boyd + 966
James Manos + 756
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 1100
Doc's Sports + 1090
Joe Nelson + 940
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!