If Suh didn't get higher than 4th place last year, a defensive player cannot win, even if Peterson is as or more deserving this year.
QBs and RBs can only win.
Peterson may not even get on the ballot unless LSU runs the table.
A defensive player has already won. The same type of player as well. Suh was handicapped because he didn't run back kickoffs for points. You can't compare the two players as they play different positions. Now , like I've said before , PP is a serious long shot. I think Pryor has the lead right now. But there is a long way to go and it is fun following the kids dream.
I'm not an idiot (although i play one on the internet), I know a defensive player has already won the Heisman.
But I don't think it will happen again, which is why I use the Suh example. He had one of the most dominating defensive performances we've seen in a very long while in a year that there was no obvious choice for a Heisman front runner, and he couldn't get higher than 4th on the ballot?
I think back to 7 years ago when Larry Fitzgerald placed 2nd to Jason White in the Heisman voting despite having one of the greatest seasons ever for a WR (1600 yards, 22 TDs)
It's no secret that the Heisman voters are heavily biased towards QBs and RBs and for contending teams.
LSU is probably not going to be a contender this year. We'll see, but they might be the 4th best team in their division behind Bama, Arkansas, and Auburn.
Peterson only has 1 marquee match-up, this year vs. Bama and Julio Jones. Now if he can have big games against them and Arkansas at the end of the year, then we might be talking about getting on the ballot.
Obviously, there are a lot of factors that will have to be played out over the course of this season, but I don't think Peterson will have the benefit like Suh did.
But Peterson is going up against Terrelle Pryor, Kellen Moore, Andrew Luck, John Clay, LaMichael James, DeMarco Murray, Denard Robinson, Cameron Newton, Ryan Mallett, and Landry Jones, all of whom arguably have better odds at this point of winning the Heisman than Peterson does.
Now, it's nice to dream, and while I'm not saying Peterson shouldn't be in the running, I just think it's the most extreme of extreme longshots. It's like Colin Kaepernick's chances. He has a chance, but only if Nevada goes undefeated this year, and he throws/runs for 3 TDs every game from here on out, and he has to be redonkolous in that game vs. Boise State down the road, which is likely Nevada's only marquee TV game.