Posted by Chip Patterson
As many schools have wound down their regular season, the time has come for 2010's series of accolades and awards. There will be predictable nods, deserving players snubbed, and a guarantee of AT LEAST one slightly irrational fan base being furious by the omission of their star player. The first notable All-America team was released on Monday morning, the AFCA FBS Coaches' All-America Team.
It is the only All-America team that is voted on exclusively by the coaches, and it was not surprising to see the team headlined by Oregon's LaMichael James and Clemson's Da'Quan Bowers. Auburn fans, don't worry, your boy made the cut.
Check out all of the coaches' selections below:
A few notes on the list:
- Despite constant criticism for a "down year," the ACC has as much representation on the list (4) as the SEC and Big 12. Only the Big Ten (6) produced more players on the 2010 team.
- As Bryan Fischer pointed out, there were four Texas natives selected to the All-America team. Outside of TCU's Tank Carder, none of them even play for a school in Texas. How should that reflect on the in-state universities, particularly Texas head coach Mack Brown? I know that the 2010 Longhorns would have benefited significantly from a Kendall Hunter or LaMichael James in the backfield.
- There was little turnover from last year's squad, with Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones being the only repeat selection from 2009. However, the same could be true for next year's list. Only ten players on the list could return for 2011, and there is no guarantee that they all will.