July 17, 2009
I trust all-conference teams more than All-America teams, since the former are usually voted on by coaches who break down film on and wake up in terror at their desks thinking about the players they nominate, while the latter are chosen by old media members who pay far less attention to offensive play than they do to the buffet spread in the back of the press box. All-conference teams are generally trustworthy gauges of a player's value.
In that sense, the SEC coaches were obviously right to vote the Tebow Child first-team all-conference on their preseason ballots (although it seems they have even less of an idea of the quarterbacks behind Tebow and Jevan Snead than the rest of us). But my god, how can this paragraph possibly be true?
There were only three unanimous selections to this year's All-SEC pre-season squad – LSU offensive lineman Ciron Black, Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones and Tennessee defensive back Eric Berry. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players, thus a unanimous selection earns 11 of 12 first-team votes.
Who deigns to vote against the almighty rhino? Speculation ranges from Lane Kiffin to Lane Kiffin to Lane Kiffin to Lane Kiffin. Funny, nobody suspects the only returning coach who hasn't lost to the guy as a starter.
Tebow forgives you, coach, whoever you are. He will hang 45 points on you this fall, but he forgives you.