No purely defensive player has ever won the Heisman Trophy.
Even when Charles Woodson won the award, his play at receiver and as a return man factor into the voting as much as his play at cornerback forMichigan.
But Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o could buck the trend of the need to play offense to be named college football's most outstanding player.
"I think it is realistic," Irish defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore said of Te'o winning the Heisman. "It goes out to the best player in college football, and I think he is the best player in college football."
Te'o has certainly made a strong case to be named the nation's top player. The senior has a team-high 80 tackles, and his five interceptions is tied for second among all FBS defenders.
"I'm going to be biased, he's my teammate, and I hope he wins it." Lewis-Moore said. "I'm going to do everything on my part to help him win it.
"I just want Manti to win, that's the most important thing."