Te’o charged up, ready to play after intense off-season training


Thursday’s first round of the 80th annual draft will determine what team Heisman Trophy winner and Saint Louis graduate Marcus Mariota will play for in the NFL.

It will also mark two years since Hawaii linebacker Manti Te’o heard his name called by the Chargers.

In 2013, the Punahou graduate was selected 38th overall and, although plagued with injuries, has recorded 134 tackles in 23 games in the NFL.

Te’o says he plans to take a giant leap into the third year of his professional career, thanks to big strides in his off-season preparation.

“I think for me, it’s just durability. I think last year was a big confidence booster for me, especially toward the end of the year. I gained a lot of confidence and I think it showed on the football field. Now it’s all about staying on the football field,” Te’o said. “You can be the most talented guy on the field, but if you’re on the sideline hurt, you’re no good for the team.”

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