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