Notre Dame LB Te'o to bypass 2012 NFL Draft

Brian Kelly's third season as head coach of Notre Dame just became much brighter, and his second year in South Bend hasn't even concluded.

Manti Te'o, the team's junior linebacker and a possible first-round pick in April's NFL Draft, will return for his senior season, his father, Brian, confirmed to the Chicago Tribune via text message on Sunday night.

The Laie, Hawaii, native came to the decision Sunday after meeting with his family in California on Saturday.

Notre Dame's defense has seen dramatic improvement since the arrival of Kelly and coordinator Bob Diaco, and Te'o has been central to the revival. He led the team in tackles, tackles-for-loss and sacks this fall as the Irish often leaned on their defense while the offense battled inconsistency.

Email dave.miller@nationalfootballpost.com or follow me on Twitter at Miller_Dave

Upcoming Games

Aug 13th, 7:00 PM

Seattle +3 -110

Pittsburgh -3 -110

@

Aug 13th, 7:30 PM

Miami -1 -110

Tampa Bay +1 -110

@

Aug 13th, 8:00 PM

New Orleans -1 -110

Houston +1 -110

@

Aug 13th, 9:00 PM

Dallas +2 -110

Denver -2 -110

@

Aug 13th, 10:00 PM

LA Rams +2.5 -110

LA Chargers -2.5 -110

@

Aug 14th, 4:25 PM

Minnesota +2.5 -110

Las Vegas -2.5 -110

@

Aug 18th, 8:00 PM

Chicago

Seattle

@

Aug 19th, 7:00 PM

Carolina

New England

@

Aug 19th, 8:00 PM

New Orleans

Green Bay

@

Aug 19th, 10:00 PM

Houston

LA Rams

@

Aug 20th, 1:00 PM

Detroit

Indianapolis

@

Aug 20th, 1:00 PM

Denver

Buffalo

@

Aug 20th, 4:00 PM

Washington

Kansas City

@

Aug 20th, 7:00 PM

Pittsburgh

Jacksonville

@

Aug 20th, 7:00 PM

Las Vegas

Miami

@

Aug 20th, 7:00 PM

Tampa Bay

Tennessee

@

Aug 20th, 7:00 PM

San Francisco

Minnesota

@

Aug 20th, 10:00 PM

Dallas

LA Chargers

@