Friday, March 22, 2013
Suh rushes past Edwards into semis
Sometimes in the first couple rounds of the NCAA tournament, you see a team and say, "how were they seeded that low?"
The same thing might be happening with our Big Ten players tournament. Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh entered the tourney as only a No. 3 seed, but he looks like a real threat to win it all. The former Huskers star defensive tackle easily beat No. 6 seed Braylon Edwards, outpacing the ex-Michigan receiving star by a vote of 67 percent to 33 percent. With some incredible on-field performances and the strength of the Nebraska voting bloc, Suh might be the player to beat the rest of the way.
He definitely got most of the support in your comments. Here's a sampling of those:
Ben from Waterloo, Iowa: Total no-brainer; it's Suh. He should be higher than a 3 seed. I can understand why you wouldn't realize this, as he was playing in the Big 12 at the time, perhaps you didn't get to focus on his play. Suh is the best college DT since Warren Sapp and he might even be better than Sapp was. Nebraska's offense that year was pathetic. Suh and company came withing a second of winning the Big 12 title despite the offense's ineptitude. His NFL reputation may have clouded your vision as well--check the tape.
Ali from Omaha, Neb.: Suh is clearly the winner of this first round matchup. Am I a biased Husker fan? Yes. But seriously, remember when Suh sacked Colt McCoy 4.5 times in the 2009 Big 12 Championship? And had 6 tackles for loss? Look up the highlights on YouTube, everyone, because it was epic. He should have won the Heisman. Suh led the team in tackles, intercepted passes, even scored a couple touchdowns when coaches threw him in at fullback. What more can a player do?
Sky F. from Norfolk, Neb.: Biased Nebraska fan here, but I will attempt to remain (somewhat) objective. Go back and review the 2009 Big 12 title game, and the choice in this match up is glaringly obvious. Suh did things at DT that are quite literally impossible to do for the average player. Receivers are a dime a dozen, and they require a somewhat competent quarter back to get them the ball in the first place. Suh did everything he did on his own, usually taking on double teams, and the teams that he faced, particularly Texas, is no slouch along the offensive line. No question about it: Suuuuuuuhhh!!!
Bryan from Chicago: Suh was unstoppable. Period. Besides all the stats you listed, he also had 2 pick-6's in a season, as a defensive lineman! He could take over games, like in Nebraska's come from behind victory over Mizzou when Suh was put in the Heisman spotlight. Or, if the opponent really wanted to control Suh, like Baylor tried when they constantly triple teamed him, it allowed Crick to set the school record for sacks. So even when he wasn't putting up mind boggling numbers, he was still dominating games.
Jon from Oshkosh, Wis.: I have to give Braylon Edwards the vote over Suh for the simple reason that Edwards dominated his position and other teams for multiple years. Braylon was a feared receiver his entire career, while Suh didn't come on to the scene until the last two seasons of his career. Or maybe I just didn't hear about him because he wasn't in my Big Ten radar. Or maybe it is because I am a Packer Fan...
Craig from Farmington Hills, Mich.: Simple, Edwards vs. MSU in OT. How many games did Suh just say, "guys, this game's on me?" How many COULD he? No argument Suh did great things to help his team win games -- Edwards simply won games.
JD Foster from Washington DC: Suh was the most dominant defensive player of his generation. His 4.5 sack performance against Texas in the 09 title game may have been the only time I've seen one defensive player control an entire game. Imagine if he was on the field with the current Nebraska offense... Us Huskers can only dream...