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All-Big 12: Did Landry get a fair shake?

Jake Trotter Published: November 30, 2010
The first-teamers from OU were running back DeMarco Murray, receiver Ryan Broyles, offensive tackle Eric Mensik, defensive end Jeremy Beal and defensive back Quinton Carter. Fullback Trey Millard and linebacker Travis Lewis made the second team.

Notably absent from the first or second teams was sophomore quarterback Landry Jones, who was an honorable-mention selection. Before you agree or disagree that Jones should at least be second team, Bob Stoops dropped the revelation Tuesday that the All-Big 12 Coaches team is voted on before the last game of the season.

“I find it odd that the voting was done before our Oklahoma State game, one of the more important games of the year,” Stoops said. “That all of the votes are in before that game doesn’t seem to be right.”

It’s not right, and goes against logic. How hard would it be for the coaches, 10 who have little to do on the Sundays following the last game of the season, to wait until after the Thanksgiving Weekend games to turn in their votes?

I vote for the AP All-Big 12 team, which also comes out this week, and Saturday’s results impacted my ballot (which I waited to turn in Sunday) in at least a couple of cases. Not dramatically. But I admit it had some impact. And if you watched Von Miller or Daniel Thomas or Landry Jones over the weekend, you’re left wondering how the coaches could just discount those performances.

But back to the all-conference quarterback discussion.

Below is an anonymous statistical comparison of the league’s top five quarterbacks (using Big 12 games only):

QB Comp-Att-Int      Yds          TD          Avg/G     Pct.

1. A        239-358-7               2726        25            340.8       66.7

2. B         214-322-9                2711        16            338.9       66.4

3. C        199-286-6                2224        13            278.0       69.6

4. D        217-338-8                2060        17            257.5       64.7

5. E        157-267-4                1713        10            214.1       58.8

Based on these numbers, who is most deserving? Throw in that “QB A” also led his team to the Big 12 Championship, and it’s obvious.

Now, I don’t believe you can look at numbers alone. Within those, you have to analyze how a quarterback performed in games that meant something. You also have to look at what a quarterback meant to his team. Where would Oklahoma State be this season without first-team selection Brandon Weeden (QB B)? Would Baylor really have any chance at a bowl game without second-team pick Robert Griffin (QB C)?

Weeden and Griffin had brilliant seasons. But so did Jones. Considering his Bedlam performance, a season that probably deserved more than honorable mention.

-JT

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