We don't discuss sports much on this blog. But this year we have something unique in the Heisman Trophy race...a defensive player: Nebraska senior defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
Other defensive players have been nominated before, but to have one win is extremely rare. In fact, it has only happened once since 1935. Only Michigan's Charles Woodson (1997) has that honor.
The Heisman is supposed to go to "the most outstanding player in college football."
Archie Griffin ('74 and '75) won it twice for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Tim Tebow (Florida) and Sam Bradford (Oklahoma) are the only to sophomores to win it.
The vast majority of winners are running backs and quarterbacks. None of whom would have been nearly as good as they were if there wasn't someone like Suh giving them the room to do their jobs. My friend Ken points out that the previous sentence is misleading insofar as it appears that I mistakenly thought Suh is an offensive lineman. What I would have said, had I had more sleep, was that it is defensive players like Suh who give the offense more opportunity to do their jobs.
I don't get to vote in the Heisman. But my vote goes to Suh. What say you Forumpians? There's a poll to the right.