Doug Robinson: Why Manti Te'o should win the Heisman — but won't

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  • runningchoc Jackson, MS
    Dec. 2, 2012 4:53 p.m.

    The whole article is a stretch. He's not nearly the best player in college football.

    "Why not a guy who tackles, intercepts, sacks and causes fumbles and mayhem on the other side of the line?"

    He just had his lowest total tackle season of the last three and ranked 59th in the NCAA in total tackles per game, and not even top 100 in solo tackles. He had only 1.5 sacks. He caused zero fumbles. And he had only 5.5 tackles for loss. Of all the things listed, he does only one thing well, and that's intercept the ball.

    Why not consider Jarvis Jones? He only had 19.5 tackles for loss, including 10.5 sacks. He only forced 6 fumbles this season. Those are game changing things that Jones does that Teo doesn't.

  • keoki Saint George, UT
    Nov. 14, 2012 12:26 p.m.

    I agree

  • Me, Myself and I The Promised Land, UT
    Nov. 14, 2012 10:03 a.m.

    Stats are great conversation topics but really that's about it. Stats never tell the whole story in fact they tell a very limited part of the story. Comparing a players stats to another's on a different team, in a different system etc. is like comparing apples to oranges.

  • The Dixie Kid Saint George, UT
    Nov. 14, 2012 6:04 a.m.

    No way Te'o would even be considered for the Heisman if he was anywhere else besides Notre Dame. He is good, but I just don't get all of this Heisman talk with him. He only has 1.5 sacks. Van Noy has 7.5sacks on a better ranked defense, just saying.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 8:41 p.m.

    I love Te'o as well but it should go to the RB from Oregon or the QB from Kansas State...

  • yodak Dallas, TX
    Nov. 13, 2012 8:20 p.m.

    As much as I like Manti Te'o and wish for his success, I respectfully disagree - Te'o does not deserve the Heisman. He is not in the top 20 in any of the defensive categories mentioned except for most interceptions. Kyle Van Noy has twice as many tackles for loss plus six more sacks than Te'o. I'm not saying Van Noy is better than Te'o. I'm only saying that sometimes popularity and hype can benefit defensive players as well as offensive ones. I'm not against giving the Heisman to a defensive player. But if and when it happens, it should go to the best defensive player in the country. Not the most visible defensive player on the most overhyped team in the country.

  • bslack Draper, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 4:11 p.m.

    I agree with you Doug. Manti Te`o should win the Heisman. Manti is a great LB and leader. What a great example. Manti actually loss his Grandmother and Girlfriend within a week of each other. I like Coach Whit's suggestion in having two Heisman's; one for Offense and one for Defense. Just like all the other problems with College Football, (playoff, some pay, greed by Conferences) it will not change the way the Heisman is voted upon.