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Te'o knows the legacy he wants to leave

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o fielded plenty of questions about what he wants his legacy to be and his Heisman Trophy candidacy when he talked to the media during a Wednesday news conference.

The 6-foot-2, 255-pound linebacker didn't have any trouble defining what he wanted his legacy to be as he and the other Irish seniors prepare to play the final home game of the season when No. 3 Notre Dame (10-0) plays host to Wake Forest (5-5) on Saturday.

"Just one of the best, to not only play but to attend this great university," Te'o said. "There have been great athletes that have come through here, just to be mentioned amongst them is what I'm trying to be.

"If you don't do things to be the best at it, why are you doing it? I'm just trying to be the best."

Te'o has made plenty of strides this year to cement himself as one of the best, and with the Irish going for an undefeated season and a possible spot in the national championship game, he is being mentioned as a candidate for being named college football's best this season.

But Te'o said he isn't thinking about the Heisman Trophy.

"I think when my name is being tossed around as a national champion, that's what I'm looking for," Te'o said. "You ask any Heisman winner who wasn't a national champion what would they rather be, I think they'd say the latter, a national champion.

"So that's what I want. I'd rather be holding a crystal ball than a bronze statue. That's just me."

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