Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh finished fourth Saturday in the voting of the closest Heisman race ever. Suh was one of five finalists present for the ceremony at the Nokia Theater in New York City.
Suh finished the voting with 815 points. He was bidding to become the second defensive player to win the Heisman, but a two-man race developed with Alabama running back Mark Ingram (1,304 points) just getting past Stanford running back Toby Gerhart (1,276 points) by 28 points for the Heisman. Texas quarterback Colt McCoy (1,145 points) followed in third ahead of Suh.
Suh just missed the best-ever finish for an interior defensive lineman in the Heisman voting, as he trails only the third-place finishes by Iowa's Alex Karras and Nebraska's Rich Glover in 1957 and 1972, respectively. Despite finishing fourth in the Heisman voting, Suh is among the most decocarted defensive players in college football history. Earlier this week, Suh won the Nagurski, Lombardi, Bednarik and Outland trophies.
Suh's fourth-place finish marks the 17th time a Nebraska player has finished in the top 10 in the Heisman voting, but the first since Eric Crouch won the award in 2001. Suh is the third defensive tackle and fourth Husker lineman to finish in the top 10, including middle guard Wayne Meylan (9th in 1966), middle guard Rich Glover (3rd in 1971) and offensive tackle Zach Wiegert (9th in 1994).
On hand at the Heisman ceremony were Suh's parents, Michael and Bernadette, as well as his sister, Ngum. Head Coach Bo Pelini, along with the entire Nebraska defensive staff also traveled to New York City on Saturday for the award, along with Assistant Athletic Director Jeff Jamrog and Head Football Strength Coach James Dobson.
Suh's banquet circuit is not quite over. Suh will travel to the Los Angeles area on Sunday for the Lott Trophy banquet on Sunday evening, before returning to Lincoln on Monday morning. Suh is scheduled to complete his undergraduate work next week and will pick up his degree in Lincoln next Saturday.