After watching LSU and North Carolina in the season opener, I remember walking out of the Georgia Dome with SEC blogger Chris Low, both of us still in awe from what we had seen of LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson.
He's one of the most exciting and talented players in college football, so much so that ESPN Insider KC Joyner says if there were a defensive Heisman, Peterson would win it.
He just might, but Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers would get my vote.
When you look at Bowers' numbers this season, it's important to remember that he earned many of them while being double- and sometimes triple-teamed. He led the country in sacks and was second in tackles for loss. He won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, given to the top defensive player in the nation. It's the closest thing out there to a defensive Heisman, and Bowers already won it.