The three preseason Heisman favorites have, whether through injury or unfeasible expectation, or just growing irritation, not lived up to the hype.
The good news is, it's not out of the question that 2009 is finally the year when another defensive player wins the Heisman award for the most outstanding player in college football.
Of course, it all comes down to on-the-field results. So I've arranged a top ten list of defensive standouts. I've favored statistical producers on major teams. Players on losing teams suffered, but not dramatically.
I've also tried to emphasize contenders who have big games remaining, opportunities to showcase their abilities to voters on a big stage at a crucial moment.
Remember, Woodson doesn't win without the punt return against Ohio State at the end of the season. Timeliness counts.
Without further ado, I present my top ten defensive Heisman candidates for 2009.