For those who haven’t been paying attention, on December 11 the Associated Press announced its All-Americans for 2007.
To quote the AP article,
When it comes to being an All-American, Darren McFadden doesn’t have to settle for second. The Arkansas running back and two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up was one of four players voted to The Associated Press All-America team for the second consecutive season.
Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long, LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey and Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis were the other two-time first-team AP All-Americans on the team released Tuesday.
Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow joins McFadden in the backfield along with Central Florida’s Kevin Smith, who leads the nation with 2,448 yards and 30 touchdowns. Smith is the first All-American from UCF, which began playing major college football in 1996.
Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel, who finished fourth in the Heisman voting, was voted to the second team. Hawaii’s Colt Brennan, third in the Heisman voting, was the third-team quarterback.
A curious omission from the AP’s All-American list this year is Notre Dame’s own Trevor Laws.
Now, before all you ND haters get your panties in a bunch, this is not about Notre Dame. This is about Trevor Laws. The Irish stunk up the field this season, and there’s no way to sugarcoat that sobering reality. But by the same token, there’s no way the Associated Press can justify its blatant disregard of Trevor Laws’ on-the-field accomplishments.
How blatant? Well, you tell me. Of the 100 leading tacklers in Division I-A, 99 are either linebackers or defensive backs. Trevor Laws, at the #43 spot no less, is the only defensive lineman to make the list. To put that achievement in even more perspective, Laws’ 112 tackles are nearly twice as many as the 64 tackles accounted for by two-time consensus All-American Glen Dorsey. What’s that? Dorsey played the last five games of 2007 with a sore knee so the comparison isn’t fair? Okay then, how about this comparison: Laws’ 112 tackles in 2007 is two more tackles than Dorsey compiled in his first three years at LSU combined.
Look, no one’s disputing Dorsey’s abilities. He’s a beast with All-Pro potential, while Laws’ NFL fortunes are far less certain. (Although I think his quickness and perceived lack of size makes for a perfect Tampa-Two DL, but that could be just the wishful thinking of this Colts season ticket holder.) All I’m asking for is a little impartiality. Not only was Trevor Laws omitted from the AP’s All-American lists, he didn’t make second team, third team or even honorable mention. In 2007 the guy put up untouchable, once-in-a-generation stats for a defensive lineman, and the AP thought at least 15 other defensive linemen had better seasons.
There’s more to this than just a handful of hacks being editorially lazy. The Laws snub is a conscious effort by agenda-driven , so-called journalists to misrepresent the facts.