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Posted on: July 13, 2010 8:22 am
Edited on: July 13, 2010 8:24 am
 

Defensive players to watch in Heisman race

Ndamukong Suh did something that most defensive players never get to do ... earn Heisman Trophy votes. Suh finished fourth last season behind Mark Ingram, Toby Gerhart and Colt McCoy.

He was the first defensive player to finish that high since Charles Woodson won the award for Michigan in 1997. Numerous players have earned votes, like A.J. Hawk, LaVar Arrington and Glenn Dorsey, so it is not uncommon for a player to finish in the Top 10.

Here are a handful of guys that have the best chance to earn votes for this year's Heisman, which will be handed out Dec. 11 in New York.

Adrian Clayborn, Iowa: After earning MVP honors in the Orange Bowl, Clayborn was a guy I thought could definitely be on some Heisman watch lists. He recorded 36 solo tackles with 20 tackles for a loss and 11.5 sacks and four forced fumbles last season. Iowa's defense will be strong again and some experts have the Hawkeyes challenging for the national championship this year. It won't be because of the offense, so look to the defense for somebody to be the leader. Enter Clayborn. Oct. 2 vs. Penn State and Nov. 20 vs. Ohio State will be the two biggest games of the season for Iowa.

Jared Crick, Nebraska: He'll have to follow one of the greatest Nebraska defensive players in history in Ndamukong Suh, but Crick will definitely make a name for himself in 2010. The first-team All-Big 12 member recorded 9.5 sacks last season, while also having 15 tackles for a loss. He also recorded 73 tackles, including 42 solo. As great as Crick is, hopefully the voters' won't penalize him because of what Suh did last year because he deserves to be judged on his own merit. With Nebraska ranked in the Top 10 in most preseason polls, Crick could definitely follow Suh and earn votes at the end of the season. Oct. 16 vs. Texas will be the Huskers biggest challenge of the season.

Von Miller, Texas A&M: The first-team All-American might end up being the best defensive player in the nation. Listen to the season this kid had -- led the nation is sacks (17) and finished fifth in the nation in tackles for a loss. Against Texas he had 2.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks and even broke up two passes. He is expected to be a finalist for numerous defensive awards, so if Miller and the Aggies can make some waves in the Big 12, I expect him to finish in the Top 10 of the Heisman voting. It all comes down to a strong finish as the team faces Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas in three of the final four games.

Greg Romeus, Pittsburgh: With the Panthers projected to be a force in the Big East, look for the senior to improve on his numbers from last season. Romeus racked up a team-high eight sacks and 11.5 tackles for a loss. The first-team All-Big East performer and Hendricks finalist just might be able to garner some votes if the Panthers are near the Top 15 most of the year. Keep an eye on how Romeus does in the team's biggest games -- at Utah (Sept. 6), Miami (Sept. 23), West Virginia (Nov. 26) and at Cincinnati (Dec. 4).

Patrick Peterson, LSU: Peterson is a great cover corner, earning first-team All-SEC and second-team All-American honors last year. Two of the best receivers in the country last year A.J. Green and Julio Jones combined for just seven catches when covered by Peterson. The junior also ranked third in the SEC in passes defended with two interceptions. As great a player as he is, to really get the eyes of the Heisman voters, he'll need to improve the INT numbers and make some game-changing plays in the SEC. The nation will get to see Peterson right off the bat in the season opener against North Carolina on Sept. 4. Of course the clash vs. the Gators will be Oct. 9 and the Tigers play Alabama on Nov. 6.

Greg Jones, Michigan State: Here's all the numbers you need from Jones -- 154 tackles, which ranked third in the nation (11.85 per game). The consensus first-team All-American also finished fifth in the Big Ten and 30th in the nation with nine sacks and 51st with a team-high 13.5 tackles for a loss. Jones is a beast, but the problem with linebackers and the Heisman race is, too many players have great tackle numbers. Still, keep an eye on Jones, especially when he faces Wisconsin (Oct. 2), at Iowa (Oct. 30), and at Penn State (Nov. 27).

Rahim Moore, UCLA: Moore is one of the best safeties in the nation, earning first-team All-American honors after recording 10 interceptions in 13 games. It was the first time a player had at least 10 INTs since 2003. If Moore can record double-digit picks again and has UCLA in the hunt for the Pac-10 title, than he has a shot to get a few votes. The problem will be that the Bruins aren't expected to win more than 6 or 7 games with a schedule that consists of road game against Texas, California, Oregon and Washington.

Greg Reid, Florida State: The biggest long shot on my list is mostly known for his special team play instead of his secondary play. Reid led the nation with a 18.4-yard punt return average and also averaged 25.5 on kick returns. The only chance he gets some Heisman attention is to explode in the return game like Raghib Ismail did and get some interceptions on defense (had just two last season).

Posted on: June 21, 2010 3:17 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2010 3:38 pm
 

Huskers' Crick headlines Outland, Nagurski Lists

Nebraska defensive tackle Jared Crick is one of six players named to both the Outland and Nagurski Preseason Watch Lists for the upcoming season.

Jared CrickThe Outland Trophy goes to the nation's best interior lineman, while the Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player.

Crick, who was a first-team All-Big 12 selection last season, is joined by DTs Sam Acho, Texas; Marvin Austin, North Carolina; Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson; Stephen Paea, Oregon State and Jerrell Powe, Ole Miss.

Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, who missed all of 2009 battling overcoming Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, also made the Nagurski Watch List. The former All-American looks to return to the field for his senior season.

North Carolina placed four players on the Nagurski list, including Austin, LBs Bruce Carter and Quan Sturdivant and DE Robert Quinn. Alabama has three players -- S Mark Barron, DE Marcell Dareus and LB Dont'a Hightower.

Ohio State and Oklahoma placed three players on the Outland list, the most of any school. Guards Justin Boren, Bryant Browning and center Mike Brewster represent Ohio State, while Oklahoma placed offensive tackled Cory Brandon, center Ben Habern and DT Adrian Taylor on the list.

The Nagurski Trophy will be on Dec. 6, while the Outland Trophy will be announced Dec. 9.

Nagurski Watch List

Sam Acho, Texas, DT; Prince Amukamara, Nebraska, CB; Marvin Austin, North Carolina, DT; Akeem Ayers, UCLA, LB; Allen Bailey, Miami, DE; Mark Barron, Alabama, S; Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma, DE; Nick Bellore, Central Michigan, LB; Chris Borland, Wisconsin, LB; Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson, DE; Curtis Brown, Texas, CB; Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State, LB; Tank Carder, TCU, LB; Bruce Carter, North Carolina, LB; Adrian Clayborn, Iowa, DE; Jared Crick, Nebraska, DT; Marcell Dareus, Alabama, DE; Ras-I Dowling, Virginia, CB; Brian Duncan, Texas Tech, LB; Chris Galippo, USC, LB; Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina, CB; Brandon Harris, Miami, CB; Mario Harvey, Marshall, LB; Mark Herzlich, Boston College, LB; Cameron Heyward, Ohio State, DE; Dont'a Hightower, Alabama, LB; Ross Homan, Ohio State, LB; Justin Houston, Georgia, LB; Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson, DT; Janoris Jenkins, Florida, CB; Tejay Johnson, TCU, S; Greg Jones, Michigan State, LB; Aaron Williams, Texas, CB; Thomas Keiser, Stanford, LB; Noah Keller, Ohio, LB; Shiloh Keo, Idaho, S; Ryan Winterswyk, Boise State, DE; Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue, DE; Luke Kuechly, Boston College, LB; Mark LeGree, Appalachian State, S; Travis Lewis, Oklahoma, LB; Chris Marve, Vanderbilt, LB; Cliff Matthews, South Carolina, DE; DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson, S; Marcus McGraw, Houston, LB; Josh McNary, Army, DE; Carmen Messina, New Mexico, LB; Von Miller, Texas A&M, LB; Bruce Miller, UCF, DE; Dontay Moch, Nevada, DE; Mike Mohamed, California, LB; Rahim Moore, UCLA, S; Stephen Paea, Oregon State, DT; Patrick Peterson, LSU, CB; Jerrell Powe, Ole Miss, DT; Robert Quinn, North Carolina, DE; Adrian Robinson, Temple, DE; Greg Romeus, Pittsburgh, DE; Kenny Rowe, Oregon, DE; Robert Sands, West Virginia, S; Tyler Sash, Iowa, S; J.K. Schaffer, Cincinnati, LB; Kelvin Sheppard, LSU, LB; Aldon Smith, Missouri, DE; Craig Stevens, Auburn, LB; Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina, LB; Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, LB; J.T. Thomas, West Virginia, LB; Trevin Wade, Arizona, CB; J.J. Watt, Wisconsin, DE; Korey Williams, Southern Miss, LB; Lawrence Wilson, Connecticut, LB; Anthony Wright, Air Force, CB; Alex Wujciak, Maryland, LB.

Outland Trophy Watch List

Sam Acho, Texas, DT; Marvin Austin, North Carolina, DT; Tim Barnes, Missouri, C; Colin Baxter, Arizona, C; Sean Bedford, Georgia Tech, C; Chase Beeler, Stanford, C; Clint Boling, Georgia, T; Justin Boren, Ohio State, G; Cory Brandon, Oklahoma, T; Mike Brewster, Ohio State, C; Bryant Browning, Ohio State, G; Marcus Cannon, TCU, T; Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin, T; James Carpenter, Alabama, T; Jurrell Casey, USC, DT; Anthony Castonzo, Boston College, T; Thomas Claiborne, Boston College, G; Jared Crick, Nebraska, DT; Blake DeChristopher, Virginia Tech, T; Art Forst, Rutgers, G; Marcus Forston, Miami, DT; Orlando Franklin, Miami, T; Anthony Gray, Southern Miss, DT; Lawrence Guy, Arizona State, DT; Ben Habern, Oklahoma, C; Kyle Hix, Texas, T; Rodney Hudson, Florida State, G; Omar Hunter, Florida, DT; Rod Huntley, UTEP, G; Zach Hurd, Connecticut, G; Benjamin Ijalana, Villanova, T; Andrew Jackson, Fresno State, G; Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson, DT; Carl Johnson, Florida, G; Barrett Jones, Alabama, G; Ben Jones, Georgia, C; Jake Kirkpatrick, TCU, C; Karl Klug, Iowa, DT; Ben Lamaak, Iowa State, C; DeMarcus Love, Arkansas, T; Ryan McMahon, Florida State, C; Ryan Miller, Colorado, G; Drake Nevis, LSU, DT; Kristofer O'Dowd, USC, C; Josh Oglesby, Wisconsin, T; Stephen Paea, Oregon State, DT; Alan Pelc, North Carolina, G; Jason Pinkston, Pittsburgh, T; Ken Plue, Purdue, G; Nate Potter, Boise State, G; Mike Pouncey, Florida, C; Jerrell Powe, Ole Miss, DT; Matt Reynolds, BYU, T; Trevor Robinson, Notre Dame, T; Stephen Schilling, Michigan, G; Caleb Schlauderaff, Utah, G; Nate Solder, Colorado, T; Adrian Taylor, Oklahoma, DT; Zane Taylor, Utah, C; Bo Thran, Oregon, T; Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple, DT
Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State, G; Lee Ziemba, Auburn, T.

 
 
 
 
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