NOTRE DAME, Ind. – University of Notre Dame junior linebacker Manti Te’o (Laie, Hawaii/Punahou) will return for his senior season, Te’o announced Sunday night at the Lott IMPACT Trophy banquet in Newport Beach, Calif.
The 6-2, 255-pounder was a finalist for the Butkus Award and Lott Trophy in 2011 and earlier this week was named to the Walter Camp All-America second team. A design major, Te’o was selected to the Capital One Academic All-America second team this week.
“This was a tough decision, and I found myself praying about it often,” Te’o said. "Ultimately, I really want to experience my senior year at Notre Dame. The happiest moments so far in my life have come when I am spending time with people I love. I wanted to spend another year with my teammates and the coaches on our team. I don’t think any sum of money can replace the memories I can create in my senior year.