Coaches' Snub?

NORMAN, Okla. — The All-Big 12 Conference Coaches teams and individual awards were announced this week, and the Sooners racked up a number of those honors.

OU had five First Team selections, including running back DeMarco Murray, wide receiver Ryan Broyles, offensive lineman Eric Mensik, defensive lineman Jeremy Beal and defensive back Quinton Carter.

Beal was also selected as the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year.

And the list of Sooners didn't stop there.

Fullback Trey Millard and linebacker Travis Lewis earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors.

A host of other Sooners were named to the honorable mention list, and that's where some of the controversy arises.

Quarterback Landry Jones, who has nine more touchdowns (25) than the next closest quarterback, OSU's Brandon Weeden (16), in conference play, also finished with 2,726 yards, 340.8 yards per game and a 66.7 percent completion rate.

Two of those last three stats rank above all other quarterbacks in the league, and yet Jones was neither First Team or Second Team, but rather Honorable Mention.

Weeden and Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III were both ahead of him, in that order.

"I'm not out [to critique it]," said OU head coach Bob Stoops. "You know, I'm really happy for the guys that made it. I'm always surprised at some that don't make it, not to take anything away from other players in the league. There's a lot of good players, so, you know, it's always a difficult thing."

Stoops said what's wrong with the situation is the timing of the voting.

"You know, I find it odd, though, that the voting is done before our Oklahoma State game, one of the more important games of the year and all the votes are in before that game," Stoops said. "It doesn't seem to really be right, but that's, you know, how it goes, and so you're always, I think everybody, I guess, every coach always has three, four other guys that you're thinking gosh, how did he not be recognized? But that's the unfortunate part of individual awards."

Indeed, it seems like a flawed system given this example.

If it's the All-Big 12 Team, all games should count, right?

Especially when a player's defining game is the final one of the regular season.

"That last one at Oklahoma State was one of the more special ones, the way he in the fourth quarter threw for two touchdowns, 203 yards and made some great throws, stepped up in the pocket when we really needed him to and delivered some great balls," Stoops said.

It begs the question why don't all games count?

"You'd have to ask the conference that," Stoops said.

However, one thing's for sure.

Even though Jones may have been snubbed, the Sooners still got a lot of love from the coaches around the league.

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