Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh: At Least Worthy of Heisman Consideration

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IOctober 9, 2009

Here we are past the quarter pole of the college football season, and as of yet, no player has yet to establish themselves as the clear cut leader in Heisman Trophy consideration.

The 2009 race for the Heisman Trophy was supposed to be a transcendent year for the award. For the first time in its history, two former winners were expected to duke it out to see who would join Ohio State's Archie Griffin as the only two time winners.

Throw University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy into the derby and it was really just expected to be a three horse race.

You can bet that the powers that be at the Downtown Athletic Club of New York were excitedly expecting to have the 2008 winner, Oklahoma's Sam Bradford, and the 2007 winner, Florida's Tim Tebow, along with Texas' McCoy front and center come December in New York City.

Well now.  Here is where we find ourselves.

Both Bradford and Tebow have suffered injuries. 

For Bradford, even if he makes a return, he has missed way to much time to even make a return trip to the Downtown Athletic Club. 

Bradford must also consider his NFL future and the poor play of the Oklahoma offensive line to this point.  Would it really be a smart move for him to come back and stand in the pocket, likely not for long, behind that offensive line?

For Tebow, I think we all know the seriousness of concussions and the repercussions for him if he plays and takes another hard blow to the head.

Knowing the physical nature that embodies Tim Tebow, how long will it be before that next blow to his head?

Not long.

Colt McCoy has yet to have the kind of performance that makes viewers and Heisman voters take notice and say, "He is the one, McCoy is my Heisman guy!"

So, Heisman voters, I want to take this opportunity to introduce you to Ndamukong Suh, defensive tackle for the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers.

As it stands right now, Suh is playing at a level in college that I haven't seen from a defensive tackle in quite some time.  

I know that Heisman voters love stats so here goes.

Suh currently leads the Huskers in tackles, sacks, tackles for loss, and pass breakups.  Yes, a defensive tackle leads in pass breakups.  He also picked off his first pass of the year last night and should have had another.

If, Suh keeps this pace up, he will easily improve upon his mighty impressive statistics from one year ago.

But, it is more than just statistics with Ndamukong Suh. It's the way that he has become such a force and impacts games from the interior of the defensive line.

Offensive coordinators are now, no doubt defining their game plans in terms so that No. 93 doesn't destroy them all on his own.  That means that on every play, they must account for him and usually with two or more players.

At times, as Missouri did last night, teams will try to block Suh straight up or man on man, but that plan is quickly forgotten after seeing the way Suh controls and manhandles single blockers.

Suh possess all the tools that make it truly difficult for opposing offensive lines to keep him from destroying their offensive plans.

He simply can't be blocked one on one and double teams aren't really proving that much more effective.  I watched Suh destroy double team blocks last night on run and pass plays. 

More often than not, the Missouri interior offensive lineman were pushed back six or seven yards behind the line and left scrambling, just trying to get in Suh's way before he got to Gabbert or disrupted another running play. 

Often, they were unable to even do that much.

This sort of performance is really nothing new though for Suh.

In a year without a clear cut offensive favorite it is time that the Heisman voters take a long and serious look at No. 93 Ndamukong Suh.