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Saturday Live Thread: The Heisman Snub

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As part of the ongoing campaign with EA Sports, today's Saturday Live Thread topic is Heisman snubs. Who's yours?

There are two different ways to look at Heisman snubs. First, you've got the players who almost won but didn't: Vince Young in 2005, Tommie Frazier in 1995, Marshall Faulk in 1992, maybe even Andrew Luck in 2011. But there's another direction you can go, too: which great non-skill position player had the best case for a Heisman.

For me, honestly, it is difficult to look past 2009. Missouri fans saw up close and personal how much of an impact Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh had on the Nebraska defense. The Huskers didn't even mess around: they almost never blitzed, instead dropping seven fast defensive backs into coverage on every play and letting Suh implode the interior of the offensive line on every play. I've seen plenty of dominant players coming through Columbia, from Vince Young, to Darryl Boston, to Eric Crouch, to Andy Katzenmoyer, to Michael Bishop; but Suh stands alone. He almost dragged an iffy offense to a Big 12 title, and his disruptive stats were better than what a lot of full defensive lines create. Mark Ingram, who finished first in the Heisman voting that year, was a strong running back, and he looked great in the SEC Championship Game. Stanford's Toby Gerhart, who finished a very, very tight second, was also excellent. But neither were better at their jobs than Suh was at his. That Suh finished third despite playing defensive tackle tells you the whole story, really. He just should have finished two spots higher.


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