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Chuck Bednarik Award Presented By Cracker Barrel
College Defensive Player of the Year
The College Defensive Player of the Year Award is named in honor of Chuck Bednarik, College and Pro Football Hall of Famer.
The winner of the 18th Annual Chuck Bednarik Award, Manti Te'o, Notre Dame's defensive back.
Voters for the Maxwell College Awards are NCAA Head College Football Coaches, members of the Maxwell Football Club & sportswriters and sportscasters from across the country
Facts About Manti
The 6-2, 255-pound senior from Laie, Hawaii, is the rock on which the powerful Notre Dame defense has been built. A model of consistency, Te’o has started 46 straight games for the Irish and posted 3 consecutive 100 tackle seasons. This year Te’o also has registered 7 interceptions which is tied for the second best in the country. The Notre Dame defense has allowed only 10.33 points per game in 2012.
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|2012||Manti Te’o||Notre Dame|
|2011||Tyrann Mathieu||Louisiana State University|
|2010||Patrick Peterson||Louisiana State University|
|2009||Ndamukong Suh||University of Nebraska|
|2008||Rey Maualuga||University of Southern California|
|2007||Dan Connor||The Pennsylvania State University|
|Paul Posluszny||The Pennsylvania State University|
|2004||David Pollack||University of Georgia|
|2003||Teddy Lehman||University of Oklahoma|
|2002||E.J. Henderson||University of Maryland|
|2001||Julius Peppers||University of North Carolina|
|2000||Dan Morgan||Miami University|
|1999||LaVar Arrington||Penn State University|
|1998||Dat Nguyen||Texas A&M University|