A Man Named Suh: Ndamukong Suh Is the 2009 College Football Player of the Year

Husker FanCorrespondent IDecember 11, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 5:  Quarterback Colt McCoy #12 of the Texas Longhorns is sacked by Ndamukong Suh #93 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the first quarter of the game at Cowboys Stadium on December 5, 2009 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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I'm sitting here watching the College Football Awards show on ESPN as if I was a proud father of one of my own. 

In the past week, Ndamukong Suh has been rewarded with the following trophies to place upon his ever growing mantle:

Bronco Nagurski

Chuck Bednarik

Vince Lombardi/Rotary

Outland Trophy

This is a sweep of some of the most prestigious awards in all of college football that a single player can attain. And it might not be over just yet.

All the while, he has carried himself in such a manner of honesty, humility, and pure, downright good. The most amazing thing about Suh is that he may be a better human being than he is a football player. 

He still has his sights set on the Walter Camp Award for the College Football Player of the Year, as well as the biggest trophy in all of the individual awards in college football with this Saturday's Heisman Trophy presentation.

Undoubtedly, Ndamukong Suh will go down in college football history as one of the greatest defensive lineman that ever played the game. And rightfully so. Those that question his talents, or feel some or all of these awards should have been given to someone else, I'll leave you with some alarming statistics.

During the past year, Mr. Suh racked up the following numbers in leading the Huskers to their Big 12 Championship Game appearance:

82 Tackles, 23 Tackles for Loss, 12 Sacks, 24 QB Hurries, 10 Pass Break Ups, one Interception, one Forced Fumble, three Blocked Kicks

Pretty astounding, but let us really put these numbers into perspective when analyzed against three of the best defensive lines in all the country (Yes, I said ENTIRE defensive lines). These great defensive lines all hail from the three teams that were fighting the entire year for an appearance in this year's National Championship game.

Alabama, Florida, and Texas . How do their ENTIRE defensive line statistics rank with a single player? 

Here they are:

Alabama: 98 Tackles, 23 1/2 Tackles for Loss, 9 1/2 Sacks, 20 QB Hurries, five Pass Break Ups, 0 Interceptions, one Forced Fumble, and three Blocked Kicks

Florida: 112 Tackles, 33 Tackles for Loss, 14 Sacks, five Pass Break Ups, 0 Interceptions, one Forced Fumble, and 0 Blocked Kicks

Texas:   116 Tackles, 25 1/2 Tackles for Loss, 15 1/2 Sacks, 10 QB Hurries, seven Pass Break Ups, 0 Interceptions, two Forced Fumbles, and 0 Blocked Kicks

The statistics pretty much speak for themselves. A single player was nearly as productive as entire units from three of the best defensive lines in all of college football. Three teams that are regarded as the three best teams in all of college football this year. 

Simply astounding.

A boy named Suh?


Obviously this is a Man named Suh.

Thanks for the memories Ndamukong, and from the Husker Nation as a whole, a simple and humble thank you. 

Not only have you made yourself and your family proud, but you have also made your second family, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, equally as proud as well.

Here's to the best college football player in the 2009 season:  Ndamukong Suh.


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