Manziel, Joeckel pace haul for A&M


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Fight­ing Ir­ish de­throne de­fend­ing cham­pion Alabama in the BCS na­tional cham­pi­onship game.

“I’m at a loss for words,” he said of win­ning the Maxwell. “The last time I ever dreamt of win­ning that award was on a video game. So to win it is a mind-blow­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Wear­ing a black beaded lei rep­re­sent­ing his na­tive Hawaii, Te’o said coming back to play foot­ball fol­low­ing the deaths of his grand­mother and girl­friend just four days apart this sea­son makes ev­ery­thing he’s achieved since then more worth­while.

Te’o fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son with 103 tack­les and seven in­ter­cep­tions.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, who was pre­sented with the Coach of the Year award af­ter lead­ing the Ir­ish to their first 12-0 reg­u­lar sea­son since 1988, said Te’o is an ex­am­ple of the fam­ily cul­ture he’s tried to build in his three sea­sons in South Bend.

“Ev­ery­body knows you

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