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December 13, 2013

NFL: Te'o says he's ignored flak over girlfriend hoax

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Te'o was an All-American linebacker whose draft stock fell after his poor showing in the BCS championship game against Alabama and once the hoax was revealed as front office personnel wondered if he'd be mentally tough enough to handle the grief he'd face over the girlfriend hoax.

The Chargers selected him in the second round of the draft, but his development was slowed by a sprained right foot in training camp and he was inactive for the Chargers' first three games.

Since then, he's been steady, collecting 69 tackles and breaking up four passes while playing inside linebacker next to Donald Butler.

Chargers coach Mike McCoy said Te'o is facing the usual growing pains a rookie experiences but "each week he's gotten a little bit better."

Te'o, however, has yet to record an interception or a sack or really have a big impact on a game for the Chargers (6-7), who visit the Broncos (11-2) Thursday night.

"I still haven't had a complete game yet," Te'o said. "I've felt the most growth I would have to say the Kansas City game (on Nov. 24). There was a different feel to that game, I was comfortable to a level where I could just move. ... I'm looking forward to a time when I can have that complete game and I'm constantly working to do that."

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