I can think of no better anecdote for why defensive players have such a hard time in the Heisman race than my experience watching the telecast of the Nebraska-Texas game.
It was clear after a few series that Ndamukong Suh was on fire. He was making tackle after tackle behind the line of scrimmage.
After a while, I wanted to know how many tackles he had. Where were his stats? They weren’t flashing them and the announcers weren’t talking about them.
Meanwhile, every quarterback pass or running back carry was followed by a stats summary on the screen. We knew almost immediately after each play how Colt McCoy or Roy Helu was doing.
It wasn’t until his eighth tackle that Suh’s stats popped up. And it merely showed his total tackles and sacks, neglecting his tackles for loss, which I see as an important stat.
To me, this is why outstanding talents like Suh aren’t getting their proper due. The day when defensive stats are given the same priority as offensive stats, we’ll have a defensive Heisman winner.