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BYU QB Riley Nelson on ND's Manti Te'o: "Believe the hype."
First Published Oct 19 2012 11:38 am • Last Updated Oct 19 2012 01:15 pm

If you are anticipating the BYU-Notre Dame football game this Saturday, hopefully you have enjoyed the weeklong coverage in The Salt Lake Tribune.

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There's more in Friday's newspaper, including this short story about BYU deep snapper Reed Hornung, who is distantly related to former Notre Dame great Paul Hornung.

Also today, Tribune sports writer Martin Renzhofer profiles BYU's 17-year-old freshman running back, Jamaal Williams.

And Tribune columnist Gordon Monson describes the scene in South Bend on Notre Dame football Saturdays in this piece.

A few days ago, I profiled Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, a Heisman Trophy candidate and one-time BYU recruit. We're calling Te'o "the one who got away" from BYU.

I asked BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall if he foresaw the impact Te'o would have on college football four years ago when BYU was recruiting him.

"He's just a really good player. Their defensive scheme is actually very similar in style to what we play. It is a 3-4, and the middle linebacker, the mike linebacker, is really active. So it is basically the Uona Kaveinga position for us, and he's a really good player," Mendenhall said.

More comments on Te'o from the half-dozen or so interviews I did on the Irish superstar:

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BYU quarterback Riley Nelson on watching film of Te'o

"Believe the hype on Manti Te'o. He's as good as advertised. He's the heart and soul of that defense, and makes it tick."

Nelson on whether they have to know where Te'o is at all the time:

"Yeah, we are going to have to account for him, and I am going to have to do a good job of every time I drop back knowing where he is. We are going to try to get chunks, but the heart of our offense is that underneath, possession, passing offense, and he is a very smart, instinctive football player. So presnap and postsnap I will always have to know where he is."

BYU offensive coordinator Brandon Doman on whether they have to know where Manti Te'o is on the field:

"You do. Yeah, you have to know where he is. He triggers so fast. He's a smart football player. He's been doing it now for awhile, he's well-coached, and he's very athletic. It would be very smart of us to know where he's at, and we will have to utilize a few different schemes to have a chance to be successful."

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