The American Football Coaches Associate (AFCA) released their FBS All-American team on Nov. 28, chosen by the college coaches themselves. Many people respect this list because of the nature of it. One would think the coaches are the smartest minds in the game. However, they made one questionable decision.
They left Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel off the list and instead voted Clemson‘s Tajh Boyd the best quarterback in the nation. Fellow Aggies Luke Joeckel and Damontre Moore made the roster, but leaving Manziel off the list just does not make sense.
Well, actually, it does if you realize when the coaches actually vote for the award. Apparently they do so in October with only roughly two-thirds of the season on the record books. No. 1 Alabama and No. 15 Texas A&M had yet to play each other to that point.
The All-American website explains: “Then in late October, the coaches vote on a 25-player team.”
Since then, Johnny Football has taken the world by storm and is the frontrunner for the Heisman trophy. It’s difficult to fully blame the coaches for putting Boyd as their top quarterback, but I can certainly blame the system.
How can you take anything like this seriously when they do not let the entirety of the season play out? Is Johnny Football not the best quarterback in the country right now? He leads the SEC in total yards (setting the all-time record) and rushing yards. He is tied with Boyd for the most touchdowns in the country, but has more than 500 more total yards than Boyd all the while playing in the tough SEC.
Manziel may not be the most efficient quarterback in the country, but his stats speak for themselves. He performed at the highest level and should be honored as such.