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Heisman Trophy 2012: If Manti Te'o Doesn't Win, No Defensive Player Ever Will
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The Heisman Trophy finalists are headed to New York, and unsurprisingly, Manti Te'o will be part of the group. But can he become just the second primarily defensive player to take home the hardware?

If he can't, no one ever will.

A defensive player as a finalist isn't all that rare, but are the voters simply including a “token” defensive specialist every so often to mollify critics? Do they actually ever intend on awarding the Heisman to a player who lines up on the other side of the ball?

Again, if Manti Te'o doesn't with this year, the answer is clearly, no.

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