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The view from here ...

... says Toby Gerhart, the wrecking-ball running back from Stanford wins the Heisman Trophy. And Nebraska defensive end Ndamukong Suh, the most dominant player at any position in college football this year, should win it but probably won't.

This is for two reasons:

1. He's a defensive end. The last time even a quasi-defensive end won the Heisman Trophy was in 1949, when Leon Hart of Notre Dame took it home. That's so long ago, hitting the quarterback was still legal in the NFL.

2. He's not from Florida, Oklahoma or USC. Six of the last seven Heisman winners have come from those five schools. The BCS is still going back over its computer numbers to figure out how Troy Smith of Ohio State snuck in there in 2006.

I realize, of course, that "2" would also apply to Gerhart. I also realize that perception is very often more powerful than reality when it comes to the Heisman, which is why Mark Ingram of Alabama may win even though Gerhart's put up bigger numbers against stiffer competition.

But I stand by my guy. Gerhart bags the little Fordham halfback.

Ben Smith's blog.

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