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Big 12 Championship notebook: Quinton Carter named All-American; Ryan Broyles not

By Jake Trotter, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: November 29, 2010 at 7:58 pm •  Published: November 29, 2010

Senior safety Quinton Carter was named to the American Football Coaches Association All-America Team, which was released Monday.

Carter, a consistent player all season, has put together some monster games down the stretch that certainly helped his candidacy. He record a career-high 17 tackles in a 45-7 win over Texas Tech on Nov. 13. In the 47-41 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday, Carter collected a pair of interceptions, one leading to a Sooner touchdown.

Carter is now tied for the team lead with four interceptions and is third on the team with a career-high 85 tackles.

He is the 151st Sooner to be named an All-American all-time, and the first OU defensive back since Derrick Strait in 2003.

“I'm incredibly excited for Quinton,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “He's a special player and had another huge game last week. He's been a very steady, good tackler and coverage guy for us all year.”

Stoops, however, was miffed that receiver Ryan Broyles wasn't also a Coaches All-American. Despite leading the nation in receptions, Broyles was passed over for Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon and South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery.

“I find it hard to believe on how Ryan Broyles would not be first-team All-American,” Stoops said. “He's had an unbelievable year. He's consistently been a huge, big-play touchdown player, a big-play guy for us in every single game all year. We're at the top of the league in almost every offensive category, largely because of him.”

In addition to leading the country in receptions this season, he is also the NCAA's active career leader with 250 receptions, 3,198 receiving yards, 34 receiving touchdowns and 884 career punt-return yards, according to OU's sports information department. His 115 receptions this season is the 11th-best season total in NCAA history.

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