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Despite the fact Irish linebacker Manti Te’o’s girlfriend and grandmother died within hours of each other, he still went and played that weekend — and the next after they were buried — and had two of the best games of his career in wins vs. Michigan and Michigan State.

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HEISMAN PROFILE: Te’o hopes to make Heisman history as first defensive-only player to win

Notre Dame’s defense — led by linebacker Manti Te’o — is a big part of why the Irish are 12-0, and Te’o is poised to become the first all-defensive player in Heisman Trophy history to take home the award.

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