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Is Nebraska Defensive Tackle Ndamukong Suh The Best Player In The Big 12? [8 Burning Questions]

8/13/09 in NCAAF   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

This is part 6 in an 8-part series. Here are the earlier ones, if you missed them:
Part 1: Can The Big Ten Bounce Back From A Disastrous Season In 2008?
Part 2: Can Texas Tech Reload After Losing Graham Harrell And Michael Crabtree?
Part 3: Will Ohio St. QB Terrelle Pryor Be Able To Live Up To The Hype In His Sophomore Season?
Part 4: Will Urban Meyer And The Florida Gators Be As Hungry This Year As They Were In 2008?Part 5: 
Part 5: Is The Big East More Than Just A Basketball Conference?

First and foremost, I thank Bill C for graciously agreeing to help me with this series and his seemingly limitless knowledge of college football players.

Is Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh the best player in the Big 12?

Mark:
No. There are a couple of guys named McCoy and Bradford, but he IS the best defensive player in the conference and maybe all of college football.

I love watching Suh play. He reminds me of a slighty stronger Warren Sapp. This cutup of Suh vs. Clemson in last year’s bowl game is amazing. Suh wears #93. The senior Portland, OR native Suh (En-dom-ah-ken Soo) is big, fast, strong, nasty and seemingly everywhere.

The 300 lb. defensive tackle can do it all. Blocked field goals. Check. Tackles for loss. Check. Sacks. Check. Game changing interceptions returned for touchdowns. Check. Catching touchdown passes. CHECK.

Suh is vastly under-hyped. This guy is just flat dominating and only earned second team All Big 12 last season. What a farce.
He will lead Nebraska into the Big 12 title game this year. Who knows, maybe beyond.


Bill:
Yes.

In the Ngema tribe in Cameroon, Ndamukong means "House of Spears."  How can you not like that in a DT?!  At 6’3 7/8” 302 with a tremendous combination of superior power and athleticism, he’s quick off the ball and gets great penetration. He makes many plays in the backfield. He has good instincts and uses them to attack plays rather than reading them. Suh can hold his ground against a double team, and can defeat it. Occasionally he just crushes his man. Suh was 'Huskers leading tackler over the last six games, a feat for an interior lineman.  Suh is scheme versatile; can play 1-, 3-, and 5-techniques, he has long limbs and a very solid build.

With his rare combination of physical power, agility, quickness and superb fundamentals, Suh was the first lineman to lead the Huskers in tackles since 1973. Suh dominated the line of scrimmage as a junior, posting 76 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks and showcased his big-play ability with two interceptions, both of which he returned for touchdowns. Suh has had a few impressive moments: taking an interception 49 yards for a touchdown in last year’s win over San Jose State and cranking out eight tackles with two sacks in the Gator Bowl win over Clemson. But the best performance was in last year’s 45-35 win over Kansas. Suh made 12 tackles, 2.5 sacks and four tackles for loss. He also caught a two-yard touchdown pass.

If I was a NFL GM with the first pick, right now, he would be my man.
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11/20/09   |   desertrat   |   6358 respect

Suh isn't only the best player in the Big 12, he's the best player in the entire country! Just wait and see who is the #1 draft pick this spring.....SUH, that's who!

10/16/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

Doyle_Hargraves wrote:
Nice try, but no.  Not only Bradford and Colt, but Robinson, Bryant, Gresham and a couple of O-lineman are better .   He's not even the best D-tackle in the big XII.  That would be Gerald McCoy.  I think Sergio Kindle's a better player too (when he's not doing a Billy Joel imitation).

Well, after watching G. McCoy make only two splash plays at Miami when being blocked by just one guy most of the time, Suh has proved he's the best defensive player in the country (Eric Berry is in the convo). To deny it is to just wallow in homerism.

8/13/09   |   Doyle_Hargraves

Nice try, but no.  Not only Bradford and Colt, but Robinson, Bryant, Gresham and a couple of O-lineman are better .   He's not even the best D-tackle in the big XII.  That would be Gerald McCoy.  I think Sergio Kindle's a better player too (when he's not doing a Billy Joel imitation).

8/13/09   |   sc0ttm0   |   807 respect

srvntofjesus wrote:
its like the article says, Sam Bradford.   50 td's w/ only 8 intreceptions, heisman winner, and may very well take the most td's in ncaa history if he does well this year.  so yep I say Bradford!!

Homer

8/13/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

srvntofjesus wrote:
its like the article says, Sam Bradford.   50 td's w/ only 8 intreceptions, heisman winner, and may very well take the most td's in ncaa history if he does well this year.  so yep I say Bradford!!

Wow ..I wrote the article...I forgot to mention that Bradford won the Heisman, sorry////But, the fact of the matter is, come Nov. 7 if that mostly new OU OL hasn't gelled together; Suh is going rip Bradford's head off. Indeed, one of my upcoming article exposes OU's weakness and how they will lose early in the season.

8/13/09   |   srvntofjesus   |   13 respect

MarkTheShark wrote:
Who is?

its like the article says, Sam Bradford.   50 td's w/ only 8 intreceptions, heisman winner, and may very well take the most td's in ncaa history if he does well this year.  so yep I say Bradford!!

8/13/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

srvntofjesus wrote:
OK HERE IS MY ANSWER TO THE ?.     MAAAAN  HEEEELLLLL  NOOOOOO.    BUT HE IS GREAT AT HIS POSITION, AND A GAME CHANGER, BUT THE BEST IN TH BIG 12.  NAH!

Who is?

8/13/09   |   srvntofjesus   |   13 respect

OK HERE IS MY ANSWER TO THE ?.     MAAAAN  HEEEELLLLL  NOOOOOO.    BUT HE IS GREAT AT HIS POSITION, AND A GAME CHANGER, BUT THE BEST IN TH BIG 12.  NAH!

8/13/09   |   icedee   |   170 respect

I can see the Ted Hendricks award in his future...

8/13/09   |   hskrdave   |   10686 respect

 Ahhhh  Good Times.....

8/13/09   |   fourtime7   |   8 respect

he a beast.!!!!

8/13/09   |   Heyhey1970   |   194 respect

Great stuff, guys.  It's a fascinating question on whether you take the dominant defender (Suh) or QB (Bradford/McCoy) if you need both positions.  Probably always QB, but that video link was amazing.

8/13/09   |   lleedubb   |   32 respect

A great talent!!  Will be a great D-tackle in the pros!!  I've always liked Ndam....Ndamu ....err..Nmduk... I've always liked Suh!!

8/13/09   |   sc0ttm0   |   807 respect

Suh is a beast.  He is under-rated, but he really didn't come into his prime until about 5 games into last year. 

There are high expectations for him this season.  His success will depend on whether the rest of the line can step up after losing two seniors to the NFL last year.  If they can't, he'll just get double teamed and have average stats.