AP mystery revealed
In this crazy season of OU losing the popular vote and still coming out on top — BCS, Heisman Trophy — add another. The Associated Press all-Big 12 team.
If you remember, the AP squad from about 10 days ago had Texas’ Colt McCoy the AP player of the year, but Sam Bradford was the AP all-Big 12 quarterback. Made no sense.
But I ran into AP’s Texas sports editor, Jaime Aron, Sunday night in the Texas Stadium pressbox and asked him how that could occur.
Here’s the story. AP voters pick a first- and second-team. McCoy was named player of the year on 10 ballots and was the all-conference quarterback on all 10 ballots. Bradford was picked the same on seven ballots, to Aron’s best recollection.
But Bradford was first- or second-team on every ballot, while McCoy was left off some ballots. That’s not scandalous in a league with so many great quarterbacks; Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell finished fourth in the Heisman voting, though well behind Bradford, McCoy and Florida’s Tim Tebow.
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