Now that we know in 2012 that ND means Notre Defense, it is also time to proclaim that linebacker Manti Te’o should be a top candidate for the Heisman.
This year, there is no clear cut candidate. Last year, when there were plenty, LSU’s defensive back Tyrann Mathieu made it all the way to New York City as a finalist.
Over the years, a defensive player occasionally gets some pub. But rarely have they had the impact and character of Te’o, who not only has led a renaissance in South Bend, but has done it by leading the defense, an unlikely turnaround at Notre Dame where offense has been king.
Te’o was a star recruit, a marquee name equal to that of Jimmy Clausen when that blond bomber left California to come to South Bend for Charlie Weis.