Te'o drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the 2nd round
Heisman runner-up goes to Southern Calif.
Former Punahou and University of Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the NFL draft Friday.
Te'o was chosen with the 38th overall pick after the Arizona Cardinals traded the pick to San Diego.
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On NFL.com, Mike Mayock writes, "The kid's a machine, which is why he was so good in pass coverage even though he doesn't have that skill set. I love this pick for San Diego. You can plug him in. It's not going to be much of a stretch for him to step into San Diego."
The linebacker was a runner-up in the race for the Heisman Trophy and led the Fighting Irish to the BCS National Championship game against Alabama in January.
Te'o had an outstanding postseason run of awards -- six to be exact -- which is the record for postseason awards.
The Punahou graduate won the Maxwell Award, the Walter Camp national player of the year award, Bednarik Award, Butkus Award, Nagurski Trophy and Lombardi Award.
The Notre Dame All-America linebacker was chosen sixth in the second round by the Chargers, drawing a loud roar from the fans at Radio City Music Hall.
Te'o, who led the Fighting Irish to the national championship game, was projected as a first-rounder last year. But his poor performance in a rout at the hands of Alabama, some slow workouts, and a hoax involving a fake girlfriend that became a national soap opera dropped his stock.
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