After the first week of the college football season the Heisman trophy projections have come out and Florida St. Seminoles defensive end Bjoern Werner has cracked the top 10 of SB Nation's Heisman poll at No. 7 after his great performance on Saturday:
Yes, it was unfair to force Murray State to attempt to move the ball on Florida State's defense. Yes, it is probably silly to credit any one Seminole defender for what was team-wide dominance (70 plays, 156 yards, three takeaways, three points allowed). But it is impossible to ignore Werner's stat line: five tackles, all solo, all behind the line of scrimmage. He logged four sacks and broke up a pass to boot. That makes the list no matter the opponent.
Yes this was against Murray State but any time a defensive player can get to the backfield and the quarterback as much as Werner did, his performance must be recognized. The real test will come once Florida State takes on some better competition, but that is still a few weeks away as they play another FCS team this week in Savannah State.