PHONE'S RINGING -- IT'S URBAN ON THE LINE
How in the world do they stiff Roby and not make him a finalist? Honestly, I thought he should win the award, but not even a finalist? What a joke.
Braxton at least made top 3 for the Davey OBrien
Maybe this will piss him off, and he'll decide he wants to come back next year to win the award and a BCS Championship.
Okay, not likely. But a man can dream!
Do you have links? I'd like to look at who the finalists are for the various awards
Thorpe Award Finalists:
Johnthan Banks, Sr. Mississippi State—A midseason first-team All-American and All-SEC ,Banks ranks first in career interception yards (320) among active players. He has four interceptions in the 2012 season and 16 in his career, ranking third in the FBS. Banks was also named a Senior CLASS Award Finalist.
Dee Milliner, Jr. Alabama—Milliner leads the SEC and ranks second nationally in passes defended (1.78 pg) with 14 pass breakups and two interceptions. In the 2012 season, he has twice had four pass breakups in a game and three versus Missouri. He is also a Bronko Nagurski finalist.
Phillip Thomas, Sr. Fresno State—Thomas has eight interceptions on the season, leading the FBS and two more than any other player in the nation and more than 35 bowl subdivision teams. He set a Fresno State record and tied the Mountain West record for interceptions returned for touchdowns in a single season with three.
Roby has the same number of INTs and more pass breakups than Milliner (ranks first in the country). The SEC bias exists even in the award voting
Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite
Its really a joke he's not a finalist
hoping this is the fuel he needs to come back next year.
~Because we couldn't go for three~
That's a small group of finalists. At this point, I would put Roby in the category of raw playmaker, rather than technician, which is perhaps what they considered when making the list. Like Shazier, though, a huge upside and a crazy motor and nose for the ball. Wouldn't be shocked to see a big game from him this week against average UM WRs.
Evanston, let's just take Milliner. Roby has more tackles, same number of INTs (2, but Roby has 1 return for a TD, Milliner does not), more pass break-ups (most in the country, as well as most passes defended in the country), a blocked punt, a fumble recovery for a TD, and a blocked punt return for a TD. I honestly can't believe any argument that doesn't put Roby in AT LEAST the top 3 DBs in the country.
Johnthan Banks, Sr. Mississippi State—A midseason first-team All-American...
A what? I had no idea such an honor existed.
Roby is terrific, but it's hard to get worked up about a snub when there are onlly 3 people who end up on the shortlist. Plus, I assume our overall mediocre defensive numbers probably suggest to casual observers of the Big Ten that we can't have much talent on that side of the ball.
The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.
But these awards aren't supposed to be voted on by casual observers. These are supposed to be voted on by the most knowledgeable people in college football. That's what makes a snub like this uncomfortable to me. It reeks of definite bias toward one specific conference. But then again, don't most of these awards?
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