Manti Te’o has been launched into the heart of the Heisman Trophy discussion on the heels of the best defensive performance at Notre Dame in a decade or better. Te’o has built a strong argument with a number of Heisman moments coming in just the first half of the season.
There has only been one defensive player who's won the Heisman Trophy. Manti Te'o could be the second. Charles Woodson of Michigan won the award in 1997 as a cornerback, but Woodson had an edge—he could return kicks. Te'o won't need the special teams help as well as he is playing this year.
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was also a part of the Heisman discussion when he was in his final year at Nebraska, but he couldn’t pull the win.
If Te’o wants this discussion to continue, he has to make more of these plays in the second half of the year.