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Surprise! Tajh Boyd headlines coaches’ All-American team

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With all but a handful of games, championship and otherwise, left in the 2012 regular season book, its time for the All-American lists to start rolling out.

One of the first to do so is also one of the most prestigious.  Selected annually since 1945, the American Football Coaches’ Association All-American team is the only such squad voted on exclusively by coaches.

The 2012 edition of the AFCA All-American team is headlined by a bit of surprise, with Clemson’s Tajh Boyd named as the squad’s quarterback over the likes of Heisman front-runner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, Kansas State’s Collin Klein, Georgia’s Aaron Murray and myriad others.  It’s hard to argue with Boyd’s selection, though, as the junior is currently fourth in the country in passing efficiency (168.5), 12th in yards (3,550) and tied for sixth in touchdown passes (34).  he’s also tied for 10th in interceptions with 13, so there’s that.

Tigers offensive lineman Dalton Freeman joined his teammate on the team, making Clemson one of three schools with two players apiece along with Stanford (tight end Zach Ertz, offensive lineman David Yankey) and Texas A&M (offensive lineman Luke Joeckel, defensive lineman Damontre Moore).  Alabama led all schools with three players: offensive lineman Chance Warmack, linebacker C.J. Mosley and defensive back Dee Milliner.

Conference-wise, the SEC led all leagues with eight players selected, followed by the Pac-12’s six, the ACC’s four and the Big 12’s three.  The Big Ten, Mountain West and WAC each had one player apiece named to the squad.

Wisconsin running back Montee Ball and Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones were the only 2011 All-Americans to repeat this season.

Below is the complete 2012 AFCA All-American team:

WR Marqise Lee USC
WR Terrance Williams Baylor
TE Zach Ertz Stanford
OL Chance Warmack Alabama
OL Luke Joeckel Texas A&M
C Dalton Freeman Clemson
OL Jonathan Cooper North Carolina
OL David Yankey Stanford
QB Tajh Boyd Clemson
RB Kenjon Barner Oregon
RB Montee Ball Wisconsin

DL Jadeveon Clowney South Carolina
DL Bjoern Werner Florida State
DL Damontre Moore Texas A&M
DL Will Sutton Arizona State
LB Manti Te’o Notre Dame
LB Jarvis Jones Georgia
LB C.J. Mosley Alabama
DB Eric Reid LSU
DB Dee Milliner Alabama
DB Jordan Poyer Oregon State
DB Phillip Thomas Fresno State

P Ryan Allen Louisiana Tech
PK Quinn Sharp Oklahoma State
AP Tavon Austin West Virginia

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21 Responses to “Surprise! Tajh Boyd headlines coaches’ All-American team”
  1. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 28, 2012 1:04 PM

    Tajh Boyd… really? This is so ridiculous I’m practically speechless. This guy would be the 6th best QB in the SEC….first team AA? Oh well.

    Anyway, I guess the funniest thing about this is that the genius Lane Kiffin told Boyd {a Fulmer commit} to hit the bricks, then he proceeded to sign a class without a QB, but has also completely disappeared from Tennessee with the exception of 6 guys. Thanks Lane…preeshate the NCAA shit too.

  2. thegamecocker says: Nov 28, 2012 1:20 PM

    Congratulations to Tajh Boyd! Outstanding season with wins and stats to back it up. Solid leader and he’s improved over the years!

  3. truefootballinsight says: Nov 28, 2012 1:21 PM

    We all know coaches don’t have the time to look at each players film, some wives and assistants made this list, also with only a limited amount of coaches polled, it is not too indicative of what coaches actually think. Coaches will also vote for their conference and for opponents they played. Seems like a bad way to poll to me.

  4. jmet11 says: Nov 28, 2012 1:26 PM

    @houndofthebaskervols if you really think he would be the sixth best qb in the sec you’re an idiot. Seeing as your a vols fan I guess you have to root for the conference over your own team. I’m a gator fan so I guess I don’t have to ride SEC coat tails like certain other SEC schools tend to do.

  5. scalpemseminoles says: Nov 28, 2012 1:46 PM

    The acc may suck, but they’re above average in the quarterback department.

  6. bigdinla says: Nov 28, 2012 1:49 PM

    Dalton Freeman over Barrett Jones is a joke!

  7. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 28, 2012 2:04 PM


    Lets see, Manziel is on the verge of winning the Heisman, Boyd is not. Murray and McCarron are 1/2 in passing efficiency, playing in the toughest conference, and one of these teams is going to the title game…Clemson isn’t even in the ACC championship. Wilson and Bray are projected to go in the 1/2nd rounds, Boyd is not.

    I know you Gator fans are dumb, but this has nothing to do with SEC’ism, its just a fact. Sorry. LOL

  8. cd_ridge says: Nov 28, 2012 2:09 PM

    Boyd is the second coming of Jamarcus Russell, except without a title.

  9. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 28, 2012 2:10 PM

    Wow, Tajh Boyd not even in top 5 of Heisman voting… Guess that 8 TD day pushed him over the edge.

    Regardless, Manziel is in the lead for the Heisman in the Scripps-Howard Heisman poll, Which has been extraordinarily accurate in predicting the Heisman winner.

    Manziel got 8 of 10 first place votes with the other 2 going to Te’o. Klein is way behind but technically still has a chance if he can put up an amazing performance against Texas…

  10. delashmit says: Nov 28, 2012 2:45 PM

    This is about the best college players and what they mean to their teams. I totally concur with Tajh Boyd being an All American QB. He is a great college QB and without him their offense would be abysmal. No he will not be an NFL QB in all likelihood but who ever initially thought Doug Flutie would be either.

    A special shoutout to IDIOT Lame Kiffin who ran Tajh and other recruits off from Tennessee.

  11. friarjack61 says: Nov 28, 2012 2:50 PM

    Boyd ? If he is voted the best QB this year, then we have to assess those who do the voting, to determine, in what area of the Country, they live.
    Stupidity lives !

  12. jmet11 says: Nov 28, 2012 3:12 PM

    @houndofthebaskervols my bad I forgot that Mel Kiper’s projection made you a good qb. I hardly think being the qb of a team that is not one of 70 teams going to a bowl game can make you better than a qb who guided his team to 10 wins. I don’t care if you play in the MAC if you can play you can play and Wilson and Bray did not deliver the goods this year..McCarron is a game manager who has the best defense in the country backing him up. Boyd has to try to put up 30 points or his team loses bc his defense is garbage.

  13. acieu says: Nov 28, 2012 3:25 PM

    Taj Boyd sure looked good versus South Carolina so easy to see his selection.

  14. 808raiderinparadise says: Nov 28, 2012 3:37 PM

    The sense of enititlement from SEC fans is outta control.

    Every award, ranking, game, players, coaches everything they think is simply better than the rest.

    Best conference in CFB but damn, just stop there.

    That doesn’t mean that Taj Boyd wouldn’t play in the SEC, have you seen LSU’s qb play?

    really? really?

    He would start for Ole Miss, Miss St, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Mizzou, Tenn, Florida, …

    I mean come on.

  15. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 28, 2012 4:07 PM


    Dude, you have to be dain bramaged to believe that Boyd would start over Wilson or Bray, and I’m sure James Franklin and Tyler Russell would have something to say about that as well. Boyd wouldn’t even start for Northern Illinois fer cryin out loud, and I guess we saw what he did at home…vs. South Carolina.

    Naming a QB out of a league that ranks behind the MAC and Big East is a joke.

  16. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 28, 2012 4:10 PM


    Are you that Florida dingbat? Bray came within 70 yards of Peyton Manning’s single season yardage record, maybe he should have also played Safety so he could have “delivered the goods.” LOL

    BTW, I dont read or subscribe to Mel Kiper, I think he’s a closet Florida grad.

  17. thebigtim2012 says: Nov 28, 2012 5:08 PM

    Clemson played only two solid teams this year Florida state and The USC lost to the first and got owned by the seconds back up quarterback. Boyd’s stats are huge because of the teams they play period. That game he scored 8 tds in didn’t the other team drop like 48 points?

  18. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 28, 2012 5:33 PM

    thebigtim2012 says:
    Nov 28, 2012 5:08 PM
    Clemson played only two solid teams this year Florida state and The USC lost to the first and got owned by the seconds back up quarterback. Boyd’s stats are huge because of the teams they play period. That game he scored 8 tds in didn’t the other team drop like 48 points?
    Not a Clemson fan or Boyd fan, but does it matter how many points his defense gives up? Does he have any control of that?

    You can’t say he plays bad competition and praise his competition in the same breath.

  19. thebigtim2012 says: Nov 28, 2012 7:11 PM

    Whoa def not praising his opponents he plays crappy teams that play no defense and his team is no different. It’s easy to look great in a conference that doesn’t play d that was my point

  20. superfbfan says: Nov 28, 2012 8:22 PM


    Tyler Bray, Aaron Murray, AJ McCarron, Johnny Football Manziel and Tyler Wilson are better quarterbacks than Tajh Boyd. Boyd goes against horrible defenses in the ACC and racks up numbers. Did you watch the S. Carolina game this past weekend? He looked terrible…if Clemson was in the SEC he would be the 6th best QB in the conference or worse…

  21. jag8r904 says: Nov 28, 2012 10:16 PM

    No Matt Elam?

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