One down, what seems like dozens more to go.
Manti Te'o won the collegiate Butkus Award on Monday, becoming recognized as the nation's best linebacker. What's more, Notre Dame Class of 2013 commitment Jaylon Smith (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Luers) won the prep Butkus Award, making it a clean sweep for the Irish.
Both players received phone calls from Dick Butkus himself, according to the official release.
The winner of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be announced at 7 p.m. ET Monday night, and Te'o is a finalist for that award, too, as it is given to the nation's best defensive player. His coach, Brian Kelly, is the keynote speaker at the event in Charlotte, N.C.
Heisman Trophy finalists will be announced Monday during the 6 p.m. ET "SportsCenter" as well, so more travel plans could be on the way for Te'o this week.
Meanwhile, Braxston Cave was named as one of six finalists Monday for the Rimington Award, given to the nation's top center. He is joined by Louisville's Mario Benavides, Clemson's Dalton Freeman, USC's Khaled Holmes, Alabama's Barrett Jones and Penn State's Matt Stankiewitch.
The winner will be announced Thursday during the "ESPNU Red Carpet Show," preceding the "ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show."