Making a case for the defense
Irish LB Te’o didn’t top this ballot, but it wouldn’t be a travesty if he wins the hardware.
vote for Manti Te’o — not at the top of my Heisman ballot anyway — but it had zero to do with where he lines up on a football field.
I just thought Johnny Manziel was better. Better than everyone, in fact. But not because he plays quarterback. Tackling Manziel is like tackling smoke, but I gave full consideration to everyone who tackles for a living.
I’d have no problem if the Notre Dame linebacker wins the award, for several reasons. Mostly, that ringing endorsement of Te’o would stamp defensive players as worthy of the award, but it also would make Dec. 8 a national holiday in Samoa.
You remember defensive players, don’t you? They’re eligible to go as the first pick of the NFL draft. (Mario Wil-