LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP)
The leader of the nation's top-ranked scoring defense, the senior had 103 tackles and seven interceptions this season. He is the first linebacker to win the Bednarik since 2008.
It's the fifth national award Te'o has received since the end of the regular season. He already has won the Butkus Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Lombardi Award and Walter Camp national player of the year award.
The Fighting Irish play Alabama on Jan. 7 in the BCS national championship game.