Making the Case for Suh––On the season, Suh had 82 tackles (50 solo, 32 assisted, 23 loss), 12 sacks, 10 pass breakups, 24 quarterback hurries, one forced fumble, one interception, and three blocked kicks. Suh is no one-hit-wonder as he had 76 tackles last year, 19 tackles for loss, and 7.5 sacks.
Heisman Moment––Suh had the best Heisman moment of all the candidates when he dominated the Big 12 Conference Championship game.
Suh had 12 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks in breaking the Big 12 Championship record for sacks.
Suh’s performance left many in awe as he threw around Texas players reminiscent of the way in which the Minister of the Defense, Reggie White, dominated games.
Game To Forget––None, Suh was a terror all year and Nebraska’s defense earned their black shirts this year.
Nebraska’s defense gave up more than 20 points only once, and, in that game, the opposing coach had nothing but praise for Nebraska’s defense.
Coach Mike Leach said, after his Red Raiders beat Nebraska 31-10, “We were losing yards as fast as we were gaining them there for a while, the offense goes 3-and-out and then 3-and-out. It was like, 'what are you going to do about this, defense?' They just kept stepping up.”
Good thing Texas Tech got an early lead on a fumble recovery by their defense, because their offense managed only 47 yards in the second half.
Why He Will Win the Heisman––He put on the best show of any college player this season in the Big 12 Championship and was the most dominating player of the year, beating constant efforts to double-team him throughout the entire year.
Which Heisman candidate this year caused opposing coaching staffs to lose the most sleep the week before the game? The answer is Suh.
Why He Will Not Win the Heisman––He plays defense, and everybody knows that defensive players don’t win the Heisman Trophy.
Yes, Charles Woodson won the Heisman, but Woodson returned punts for touchdowns and even occasionally lined up as a wide receiver during the year he won.
Besides, some voters will conclude that he has enough hardware already, as the winner of the Bronco Nagurski award as the nation’s best defensive player.