Perhaps this doesn’t really bother a lot of people, but for me, it’s turned into a bit of a pet peeve. Over a week ago, ASJ was named 3rd team All-American by CBS, with Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame 2nd and Zach Ertz of Stanford first. I thought Ertz as a 1st teamer was fine, but that it was simply illogical to put Eifert ahead of ASJ, considering the Washington tight end had significantly more catches and years as well as 2 more touchdowns.
Later, I was simply bamboozled to see that Tyler Eifert was selected as the John Mackey Award Winner for best tight end in the country. Once again, considering he didn’t lead in any statistical category and didn’t even play all that well in Notre Dame’s biggest games, it was clearly nonsense based on Notre Dame’s team success and Eifert’s star power from his terrific 2011 season.
Now it continues, as ASJ has been named a 3rd team All-American by the AP and an honorable mention All-American by Sports Illustrated.
I may care about this because of the specific attention I pay to Washington football, but that does not mean I have some sort of bias toward ASJ. I understand that Ertz was statistically superior, if only by a hair, and he was roughly as important to his offense as ASJ is to Washington’s. But with Eifert, it’s about statistics. It’s simply laughable.