Where’s Alabama’s Allen among Heisman finalists?

See, Jonathan Allen does carry the ball - here stepping over Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight on the way to a touchdown return of a fumble. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

See, Jonathan Allen does carry the ball – here stepping over Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight on the way to a touchdown return of a fumble. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The finalists for Saturday night’s Heisman Award ceremony are out. And yet, they are incomplete.

If ever a season called for a defensive player to win the Heisman it is 2016. I don’t have a vote, and I can only assume that those who do have not remained awake while watching Alabama ripsaw through its (thus far) 13 games. Otherwise, how did the Crimson Tide’s Category 5 defensive lineman Jonathan Allen not make the cut? How can this guy not at least be in position to win the big bronze doorstop?

In general, defensive players get short-sheeted for the award, the only one to break through the Heisman glass ceiling was cornerback Charles Woodson in 1997. And in his case, he also made his name on special teams and sporadically on offense. Besides, Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning should have won it that year.

Defenders, after all, make up half the football-playing population. No matter how rules-makers have tried to diminish them, they are rather important to the tapestry of the game. And yet the Heisman voters continue to neglect them.

As the most dynamic player on the nation’s best defense which anchors college football’s indisputably best team, Allen should have Heisman written all over him. If only Nick Saban had allowed him to do something cute, like run one in at goalline or report himself as eligible on offense, then perhaps he would have passed the silly swimsuit portion of the Heisman beauty contest.

The Nagurski Trophy people recognized, naming Allen the best defensive player in college football – ahead of the one defender, Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers, included among the Heisman finalists.

The only Alabama game I witnessed in person this season was the match-up with Texas A&M, and that’s all anyone should have needed to see to know that Allen was of Heisman stature.

“Did I just see that?” I asked myself immediately after Allen’s flying sack of Trevor Knight. Indeed, a 300-pound fellow had just hurled himself over a running back attempting to chip him low, and flew parallel to the ground into Knight’s chest. It was, well, stunning.

He also helped turn that game with a 30-yard touchdown return of a fumble, just as he had held off Ole Miss with a 75-yard touchdown fumble return. Allen’s big-play thumb drive is full.

Allen leads this formidable defense in quarterback hurries (15), shares the team lead in sacks (8.5) and has 13.0 tackles for a loss. There is no stat for quarterback psychological traumas, but Allen would lead that, too.

With 26.5 career sacks, Allen is second on the Tide’s all-time list behind NFL Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas.

So, yeah, I’d have no problem voting for a defensive lineman of this stripe over the record-setting Louisville quarterback whose team has lost its last two games.

Or the Oklahoma quarterback who has righted the Sooners after a 1-2 start, and who will not be a part of the playoff conversation.

Or even Gainesville’s own Deshaun Watson, the very worthy Clemson quarterback who is returning to the Heisman show for a second time and may yet have one more pressing meeting with Allen pending. Although here my argument starts to break down a little bit given that Alabama conceivably could be in its current position without Allen while Clemson would be off to some innocuous million-dollar bowl without Watson. (Here I’ll counter myself with the reminder of Watson’s three interceptions in the loss to Pitt).

Did we even mention Allen’s recommitment to Alabama and the college game when he could have been a first-round draft pick last year? OK, now we did.

The perfect time had come to promote a dominant defensive player to Heisman heights. And now it is gone.

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twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

9-2 FBS Record


UGA 24 - Little ten champ 17


Nuff said


Go back to your crappy @$$ life up north little ten.

OH:IO
OH:IO

Put a Buckeye helmet on half the Dawgs' starters...


dog fan


Hey dog fan, 


Which half is Chuck and Duck in?

OH:IO
OH:IO

Hey dog fan,


Seen any Liberty Bowl promotion commercials yet? 


Didn't think so. 


That damn media. 

OH:IO
OH:IO

Wonder if any dog made si.com All American?


First Team?


Second Team?

dawg fan
dawg fan

@OH:IO  Put a Buckeye helmet on half the Dawgs' starters and they'd crack every media darling All-American team out there.  OSU=hyped up JOKE.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@dawg fan @OH:IO


So so bitter


That damn media!


Hell, blame Bush! 


The Chip and Seth show need to step up their game and go beyond dog local interest. 

Mulk
Mulk

@OH:IO


Pretty sure Chubb did??? Still in the running for the Heisman, ain't he?

Mulk
Mulk

@dawg fan


According to your coach, no talent over there regardless of head gear.

lstlst
lstlst

Wrong Steve. Rain man Manning should NOT have won the Heisman trophy. He was the 14th ranked QB his senior year based on his performance. That included padding his stats in the KY game by telling the defense to let KY score so he could run up more stats. He had horrific games against Vandy and South Carolina and they didn't have top ranked defenses. You sound like a UT Vile with the whining.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

TOHIO shut down!!!!

Conference inferiority has driven him to this. 8 of 10

Hahahahahaha

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Dawgs 8 of 10 over little ten.

UGA 24 and PSU 17

SEC 9-2 FBS bowl record

Who is delusional?

Little ten guy that posts 24/7 to try and make up for his conference inferiority.

New little ten diagnosis - suffers from conference inferiority

Hahahahahaha

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Double whammy!!!!!!

Bye bye little ten dawg promoter

8 of 10. Hahahahahaha

dawg fan
dawg fan


Dawgs have won 8 of the last 10 against the Little 10 in bowl games.  Them's Georgia Tech numbers there.  LOL.  Georgia Tech=JOKE.  Little 10=JOKE.  The double whammy!!!!



OH:IO
OH:IO

@dawg fan


dogs are going to a freakin' toilet bowl again. 


Give yourself a well deserved backpat.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

8 of 10 on the field. That's hilarious!

You are here why little ten poster?????

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

24-17 = delusion?

Don't think so little ten

9-2 = delusion?

Don't think so little ten

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Hey TOHIO

9-2 FBS record

Dawgs over the nit lions 24-17

Truth hurts

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Cause you are here posting. Obvious even for an obsessed dawg promoter like you.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

How many playoff teams are in from ACC, Little ten, PAC ? Exactly 1 same as SEC.

One trick pony conferences. Just so happens ours is going to dominate their one trick pony.

Bowl season=little ten's time to fail per the norm.

SEC 9-2 in bowls FBS record

UGA 24 and little ten champs 17

ALL FACTS!

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

UGA 24 and PSU 17

No coattails there.

Just continued domination of the little ten

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

1/2/16 Dawgs take down PSU the little ten north and conference champs.

Dawgs run the little ten.

Bowl season=little ten embarrassing themselves per the norm.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Playoffs are all that matter and each conference has 1.

You will lose shamelessly like the little ten does best.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Hey TOHIO

How many teams from the little ten are in the playoffs? Thought so. One trick pony. Just so happens our one trick pony is better than you.

We will never find out though when Clemson exposes you.

Bowl season - where the little ten conference goes to die.

FACT!

OH:IO
OH:IO

si.com


Take note, 5 or 6:


AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Georgia vs. TCU (Dec. 30, Noon ET, ESPN): Two lackluster teams mired in disappointing seasons square off in an early game. I suggest sleeping in or taking a winter walk.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

How many teams from the little ten are in the playoffs? Thought so. One trick pony. Just so happens our one trick pony is better than you.

We will never find out though when Clemson exposes you.

Bowl season - where the little ten conference goes to die.

OH:IO
OH:IO

Bama's Landon Collins on OSU loss:


Box of Tissues.........


"They cheap shotted us. They hit all our best players," Collins said. "Oh they cheap shot me in the shoulder, (couldn't) tackle no more. Took out our best linebacker (Reggie Ragland). Blindsided him ... concussed him. Then we had a rookie in there, then they took out a defensive tackle."

OH:IO
OH:IO

@dawg fan If you call Cardale trucking Landon Collins a cheap shot, then i guess OSU cheap shotted them.

dawg fan
dawg fan

@OH:IO  Sounds about right.  Florida was very dirty when  your Urban Meyer was there too.  Washaun Ealey about got his eyes gouged out.  Urban Meyer is scum.  No big shock his media darling team up north plays dirty too. 

OH:IO
OH:IO

@dawg fan


I watched Washaun, The Spitter, Ealey spit on a Wesleyan player in the single A state champ.  


What a shining example to share. 


He was too big for his punka$$  dog silver britches and was talking major smack as I recall.  Pure dog thug. 

dawg fan
dawg fan

@OH:IO That was a perfectly clean hit.  It's called big boy football.  Don't see much of that in the Little 10?

dawg fan
dawg fan

@OH:IO Most dirty play is not readily apparent to a spectator unless its caught on camera like the eye gouge was. I didn't see anything dirty but I'm not surprised by Collins' comments based on what I know about Florida during Urban Meyer's time there. 

dawg fan
dawg fan

@OH:IO So he deserves to possibly be permanently blinded by a dirty play from a thug on one of Urban's teams?  That's some screwy morals you've got there.  I think  you've been spending too much time around that scum coach of yours. 

OH:IO
OH:IO

@dawg fan @OH:IO


Never met the man. 


Personal fouls have not been to common at OSU lately 


Can't speak for FL. 

OH:IO
OH:IO

@dawg fan @OH:IO




I saw the play. Ya right. If it was so vicious Mike Slive only suspended him for a half.....against a cupcake. 


SEC! SEC!