Te’o looking to put past controversy behind him as he embarks on league career.
Perhaps more widely known for his off-the-field issues rather than his achievements on it in the mainstream media, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o is ready to leave the past behind and embark on his NFL career.
Having won multiple national awards and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting, Te’o is expected to have a strong showing at the Draft later this week after impressing for Notre Dame.
In 2012, he registered 113 tackles on 13 starts, 5.5 went for a loss including 1.5 sacks. In addition, he added some production in coverage, hauling in seven interceptions and four pass breakups.
However, the 22-year-old has been effected by off-field events, which included the death of his grandmother and also the unwanted distraction of the furore that surrounded the girlfriend hoax scandal.
Nevertheless, he remains an aggressive middle linebacker and has numerous strengths that should see him earn a decent pick. Despite being a vocal character that has leadership ability, his rough game against Alabama in the BCS National Championship game has raised questions.