Suh earned conference and national honors for his performance at Missouri.
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Suh Earns Conference and National Honors

By NU Athletic Communications
Nebraska senior defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh continues to rack up honors and national attention for his dominant play.

Suh earned recognition as the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week on Sunday, then picked up Big 12 Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors on Monday. The conference honor was the second of Suh's career after also winning the award last season for his effort against Kansas. Later on Monday, Suh was named the Lott Trophy IMPACT Player of the Week.

Suh was a one-man wrecking crew at Missouri, helping the Nebraska defense dominate in a 27-12 win against the nationally ranked Tigers. Suh made six tackles, including a six-yard sack in the victory and had a crucial fourth-quarter interception. The pick came with Nebraska trailing 12-7 and led to the Huskers' go-ahead touchdown. Suh also added a forced fumble, three quarterback hurries and a pass breakup.

The 6-4, 300-pound Suh leads the team in tackles with 32 total stops, and his 15 career sacks rank just outside of the Nebraska career top 10. Suh has had at least one tackle for loss in nine straight games and 15 of the Huskers' past 16 games dating back to last season. He also has a team-leading seven pass breakups this season, already a Nebraska position season record, and holds the career record for breakups by an interior defensive lineman with 12 PBU.

Suh was the preseason choice as Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and has been considered a strong contender for All-America honors, along with numerous defensive awards including the Lombardi Award, Outland Trophy, Nagurski Trophy and Bednarik Award. However, his performance against Missouri has earned Suh mention for the biggest of awards-the Heisman Trophy.

    "A defensive tackle who leads his team in tackles, drops into coverage and picks off passes is every bit as outstanding as a 4,000-yard passer or an 1,800-yard back. The problem is that the average Heisman voter doesn't understand how much a dominant defensive tackle can change a game.

    Voters often counter that quarterbacks receive an inordinate amount of votes because the ball is in their hands every play. What they fail to consider is that a player like Suh affects every play in which he participates. Opposing offensive coordinators must design game plans around him. Quarterbacks must always know where he is. Offensive linemen must double-team him, lest their quarterback suffer as Gabbert did Thursday.

    So, please, Heisman committee, give me a vote. I'll do exactly as you ask and select the nation's most outstanding player. Right now, that's Ndamukong Suh."

                                                Andy, following Suh's effort against Missouri

"Suh is virtually unblockable and he does things no other DT can. He leads his team in tackles, again. That's shocking. That simply doesn't happen these days. You might as well see a 2,500-yard rusher. Last season, he was the first DT to lead Nebraska in tackles in 35 years. To have this kind of production again -- after knowing how he is the focal point of a rival's game plan -- is enough to get him on the Heisman radar. Maybe he can get in the race. I know this -- he'll be in my top five this week because I doubt there are five better players in college football."

                                                Bruce Feldman,



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