On Suh's 2009, Mark Stoops and more 

December, 8, 2010

It's Heisman Week; the biggest mystery around Saturday's ceremony will be whether Cameron Newton wins by the biggest margin ever. This week's Top 10 list: Best individual seasons of players that didn't win the Heisman.

1. Ndamukong Suh (2009): If a defensive tackle were ever to win the Heisman, this was probably the best hope. Suh was a dominant force for a Nebraska team that finally showed signs of being a powerhouse again. One of the issues with linemen making a case as the "Most Outstanding Player" is they do their work in an aspect of the game that isn't conducive to generating eye-opening stats. Somehow, though, Suh put together a resume that was remarkable. He led the Huskers in tackles; DTs don't do that often. He also led the team in tackles for loss (24), sacks (12), quarterback hurries (26) and blocked kicks (3). Another jaw-dropping stat: Suh's 10 pass breakups were second on the team and led the nation's defensive linemen. On the biggest stage against Texas in the Big 12 title game, Suh had a game-high 12 tackles, 4.5 sacks and tied a Nebraska record with seven tackles for loss. For his exploits, he became the first defensive player to win the Associated Press College Player of the Year Award and was the first defensive tackle invited to the Heisman ceremonies in New York since Warren Sapp in 1994. Suh won the Outland, Lombardi, Bednarik and Nagurski.