I HAVE TO WRITE IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE THIS IS THE BIGGEST INJUSTICE IN THE HISTORY OF COLLEGE SPORTS.
Ok, I'll calm down for now.
B1G coaches: Where the hell are you getting the Jabrill Peppers Kool-aid??????
On Monday, B1G defense and special teams awards were announced. For kick returner, the coaches voted Maryland's Will Likely as first team. Likely returned 2 punts and 1 kickoff back for scores; that is 3 total. Second team? Oh yeah, Jabrill Peppers of Michigan. Peppers returned an astounding ZERO punts and ZERO kickoffs for touchdowns. That is a total of ZERO. In fact he only returned EIGHT (!!!!!) total kickoffs. Is that enough for him to be considered a return specialist??????????
Third team, as selected by the coaches, was our very own Janarion Grant. In comparison, Grant led the B1G in kick returns (40) kick return yards (984) and kick return touchdowns (3). Let alone the B1G, Grant led the COUNTRY in all 3 of those statistics. That's right, he led the entire country in the 3 major kick return stats but is only the 3rd best (coaches) in his conference.
For good measure, Grant also returned a punt for a touchdown. That gives him 4 total return touchdowns, one more than WIll Likely, who was a unanimous first-teamer.
Given that the number of return TDs is always so low, I find it hard that a player who leads the country in total return TDs is selected 2nd and 3rd team in his own respective conference, let alone the country.
Also receiving honors for Rutgers were LB Steve Longa: 3rd team (media) and honorable mention (coaches) annd LB Quentin Gause: Honorable mention (media) as well as the B1G sportsmanship award.
I cannot remember a worse choice in an all-conference or all-american team in my short lifetime.
Don't worry Grills, we still love you and you are #1 in our hearts!
Check out the full list of honors here.