It's not often that a well deserving player isn't recognized in some form or fashion at the end of the season, but a true tragedy occurred when the the 1st and 2nd All-SEC teams were announced earlier this week.
Almost everyone expected Alabama to dominate these teams, as well as Tim Tebow to make 1st team quarterback and so forth.
Those came as no surprise, and were well deserved. However, if you were able to watch an Auburn game this season, most recently the Iron Bowl, you saw a receiver who was making plays all over the field, and you caught yourself saying "who in the world is that guy?"
That would be none other than Darvin Adams, the Tigers sophomore receiver that was irrelevant in last year's anemic offense. He totaled 18 yards overall with his longest catch amassing eight yards.
Sure, he was a freshman then, but who saw this coming? Coach Trooper Taylor did, evidently. SEC defenses did not.
Darvin Adams name was absent from both All-SEC teams, including the Honorable Mention list. That is hard to believe, considering the statistics that Adams put up in 2009.
There are five total spots for the 1st and 2nd team at receiver, and Adams wasn't qualified enough to fill one of these spots? Give me a break.
He was 5th in the SEC in receptions per game, had the best average in yards per reception, was 4th in yards per game, and tied for first in touchdowns. For the year, he finished 3rd in total yards.
Now let us compare. He had 150 more yards than LSU's Brandon LaFell who was All-SEC. AJ Green, who is one of the finest receivers in the country had 104 yards less than Adams, and he only played in 9 games while still garnering 1st team honors. Granted he was injured, but the guy didn't even play a full season.
Ole Miss wideout Shay Hodge led the SEC in total receiving yards, but who else did Jevan Snead even look to throw the ball to? He was expected to put up those numbers.
Adams was not, and well exceeded the expectations of everyone. It was not enough to convince the voters he was one of the top five receivers in the conference apparently.
On Auburn's biggest stage of the season against the national championship bound Crimson Tide, Adams shined brighter than anyone, totaling 138 yards on four catches coupled with a beautiful route for a 72 yard touchdown grab.
It was a robbery to keep such a deserving and playmaking receiver such as Adams off the list. If you still aren't sure if Adams should have been on the team after watching his film and looking at his stats, I urge you to take your head and ram it into the wall until you come to your senses.
So here's to you Darvin Adams, the explosive playmaker who was as deserving as anyone for the All-SEC team. Maybe next year putting up 20 touchdowns will do the trick.
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