Manti Te’o collected 437 total tackles, 34 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and 7 interceptions in his career at Notre Dame. He finished 2nd in the Heisman and collected 7 Post-Season Awards. Te’o was also selected as the 38th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Considering many in the Rivals 100 failed to make the NFL Draft, it is safe to safe that Te’o lived up to expectations. Te’o was originally ranked as the 12th best prospect in the 2009 class. He selected the Irish over the Bruins and Trojans shocking everyone on National Signing Day.
Manti Te’o played in every Notre Dame game that he was on campus for. His debut came late against Nevada when the Irish were up 35-0. He roused the crowd with two bone crushing hits. Te’o moved into the starting line up and never let it. He had 20+ tackles against Stanford in 2010.
Everyone also believed that Te’o would bolt for the NFL in 2011 but he surprised everyone when he announced that he would return for his Senior season. It was definitely the best choice.
Te’o had an unbelievably successful season leading Notre Dame to an undefeated season. Although the ending was probably not storybook, at the end of the day, he was still tremendously successful. He ultimately will be remembered for what he did do at Notre Dame and not what he failed to do.