Chris “Mad Dog” Russo is a Heisman Trophy voter, and Alabama star edge rusher Will Anderson Jr. can already count on not getting his vote this fall.

Charles Woodson was the last defensive player to win the award, claiming it for Michigan back in 1997. Since then, offensive players, most often quarterbacks, have won.

During an appearance on “First Take” on Wednesday, Mad Dog ranted about how he’ll never vote for a defensive player to win the Heisman:

“I’m a voter, too, and I’m not voting for Will Anderson for Heisman Trophy,” Russo said. “I’m sorry, I’m not doing it. That is an offensive award. That’s a quarterback award. That’s a running back award. I don’t even like giving it to wide receivers.”

Why the hate for defensive players? Russo explained later in his rant:

“Without the quarterback, you’re not winning,” he said. “You know what I look at it as? Most valuable. Let me ask you this. Who could Alabama least afford to lose — quarterback or Will Anderson? The answer is the quarterback.”

Young won the Heisman last year, obviously, so we’ll see if he’s among the finalists in 2022. Anderson will also be vying for a trip to New York at the end of the season.