So the coaches turned in their All-ACC ballots this week. Did they forget that Miami plays in that conference?
The Hurricanes were one of six teams in the ACC not to have at least one player selected to the first team. O.K. They weren’t among the elite in the conference, but nobody selected to the first team? Nobody?
What’s even worse, only two Canes even made the second team.
Is this a joke?
Supposedly, the league’s 14 head coaches voted for an All-ACC football team, as well as Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and a Coach of the Year award. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players and ballots were worth three points for each first-team, two points for each second-team and one point for each third-team selection.
Wake Forest and Boston College, which combined for all of one ACC victory between them, also combined for four first-team selections.
Miami finished the 2015 season with a 5-3 record in the ACC. That’s a better mark than eight teams mustered in league play this season. Yet all told, those teams placed eight players on the first team (EIGHT) and another 12 on the second team. That’s 20 players, on teams that fared worse this season than the Canes, compared to Miami’s two total selections on the first and second All-ACC teams.
That’s not a joke, that’s a travesty.
What were these coaches watching and how in Sebastian’s fuzzy nest did Miami win eight games with practically no talent in the eyes of the conference’s coaches?
It sure couldn’t have been the coach, he was fired right after the halfway point of the season. It’s laughable to think that the Canes went 8-4 and 5-3 in league play with no players, no good ones anyway.
Granted the ACC was replete with talent at the quarterback position, and that’s the only acceptable reason for Hurricanes’ sophomore sensation Brad Kaaya getting a third-team nod. Clemson’s Deshaun Watson is the best in the country. We get that. And North Carolina’s Marquise Williams is a pretty good one, too. No problem there.
But only two second-team honors?
Miami wide receiver Stacy Coley and cornerback Artie Burns, both juniors, were named to the All-ACC second team. That’s a well-deserved honor for the two standouts. Both could have very easily been bumped up to first team and nobody would have argued, though.
Here’s where it gets questionable, to say the least.
Joining Kaaya on the All-ACC third team offense were senior wide receiver Rashawn Scott, sophomore running back Joe Yearby and sophomore kicker Michael Badgley. Defensively, senior safety Deon Bush also made the third team.
If these are third-team players, then a Mark Light Shake is mildly tasty in comparison. Those who’ve had one at a Hurricanes’ baseball game know what I mean.
Two more Canes were named to the Honorable Mention list. Offensive tackle Danny Isidora and punter Justin Vogel, both juniors, garnered enough votes to make that list.
Still, it’s an outrageous snub the Canes did not deserve.
Perhaps they can use this as positive, taking a chip on their shoulders when they go out to El Paso later this month to finish the season with Washington State in the Sun Bowl.