The American Football Coaches Association All-American team, which is touted as being chosen "by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves," includes Clemson's Tajh Boyd as its quarterback.
Boyd has had a nice season, with 3,550 passing yards and 33 touchdowns, and another 492 rushing yards and nine scores, but ... huh?
Not Johnny Manziel. Not Collin Klein. Not even Braxton Miller. Or Marcus Mariota, or A.J. McCarron, or Geno Smith.
And these coaches "know the players the best," really?
Nothing against Boyd, a very good quarterback, but it's an odd choice, to say the least. For just one example, Smith had more yards, more touchdowns, fewer interceptions and a higher completion percentage than Boyd. And Smith is probably not going to even get a third-team spot on most All-American lists.
There were some other players left off the list that surprised us (Arizona RB Ka'Deem Casey, Utah DT Star Lotulelei, Mississippi State CB Johnthan Banks and Florida S Matt Elam to name just a few), but take a look at the list and see if they got it right. Other than at quarterback, of course:
2012 AFCA All-American team
QB: Tajh Boyd, Clemson
RB: Montee Ball, Wisconsin; Kenjon Barner, Oregon
WR: Marqise Lee, USC; Terrance Williams, Baylor
TE: Zach Ertz, Stanford
OL: Chance Warmack, Alabama; Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M; Dalton Freeman, Clemson; Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina; David Yankey, Stanford
DL: Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina; Bjoern Werner, Florida State; Damontre Moore, Texas A&M; Will Sutton, Arizona State
LB: Manti Te'o, Notre Dame; Jarvis Jones, Georgia; C.J. Mosley, Alabama
DB: Eric Reid, LSU; Dee Milliner, Alabama; Jordan Poyer, Oregon State; Phillip Thomas, Fresno State
K: Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech
P: Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State
KR: Tavon Austin, West Virginia
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