Te'o makes history with sixth award


Te'o makes history with sixth award

The Heisman Trophy won't be awarded until Saturday, but Manti Te'o still made history Thursday.

Manti Te'o took home three more honors Thursday night, winning the Walter Camp National Player of the Year, Bednarik Award and Maxwell Award to bring his major awards total to six, breaking Charles Woodson's single-season record of five set in 1997. Woodson won the Bednarik, Nagurski, Thorpe, Walter Camp and Heisman Trophies that year, while Te'o won the Walter Camp, Bednarik, Maxwell, Nagurski, Butkus and Lombardi honors with the Heisman Trophy still to be announced.

Te'o became only the third defensive player to win the Walter Camp Award, joining Michigan's Charles Woodson and Pittsburgh's Hugh Green. Woodson won the Heisman Trophy in 1997, while Green finished second -- tied for the highest Heisman finish for a defensive player who didn't play offense or special teams in the 77-year history of the honor.

Te'o is Notre Dame's fourth winner of the Walter Camp Award, joining Ken MacAfee (1977), Tim Brown (1987) and Rocket Ismail (1990). Only USC has had more players (6) win the Walter Camp, while Ohio State has also had four players receive the honor.

No Notre Dame player had won the Bednarik Award, given annually by the Maxwell Football Club since 1995 to the nation's top defensive player, until Te'o in 2012. A Notre Dame player has won the Maxwell Award six times, with Brady Quinn (2006) the most recent recipient. The last defensive player to win the Maxwell Award was Green in 1980.

Te'o's awards tour, which has taken him from Charlotte to New York to Houston to Orlando already, will come to an end Saturday night in Times Square. No defensive player who hasn't contributed on special teams or offense has ever won the Heisman Trophy, which Te'o is a finalist for.

While it may seem improbable for Te'o to win the Heisman Trophy -- Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel has been cast as the odds-on favorite for college football's top honor -- Te'o's truckload of awards this year is just as unprecedented as a pure defensive player winning the Heisman.

Lynch, Trevathan still sidelined at Bears camp

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Lynch, Trevathan still sidelined at Bears camp

The Chicago Bears fielded a top-10 defense in 2017 and expectations for 2018 may be even higher for a unit that is returning almost all of its key starters.

One of the few offseason additions on defense was outside linebacker Aaron Lynch, who defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has familiarity with during his time in San Francisco and who he hopes will emerge as a pass-rushing complement to Leonard Floyd.

Unfortunately, the Bears have yet to see what that pairing looks like during training camp. Lynch remains sidelined with a bum hamstring. He, along with Danny Trevathan, who's also battling a hamstring issue, missed Monday's practice.

Other Bears to sit out include rookie LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe, LB Kasim Edeball, TE Ben Braunecker and rookie CB Kevin Toliver.

Chicago's linebackers have been beaten up by injuries so far in camp, something that may have contributed to the release of undrafted rookie OL Jeremi Hall. It's unlikely the Bears will keep that roster spot open and they could look to add another linebacker to the training camp roster.

Kyle Long and Allen Robinson were given scheduled rest/maintenance days. Both key starters are recovering from injury and will continue to be monitored throughout the summer.

Bears waive OL Jeremi Hall

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Bears waive OL Jeremi Hall

The first casualty of Chicago Bears training camp took place with the release of undrafted rookie free agent Jeremi Hall, the team announced Monday.

Hall was a longshot to make the final roster after signing with the team in May after a tryout at minicamp. He started 24 games at left guard for the Bulls and was a First Team All-American Athletic Conference selection in 2017. 

The Bears have been dealing with injury issues at linebacker throughout the first few days of camp and may need the roster spot to bring in another player for the defense's second level.