Morgantown, West Virginia – Moments ago, the Big 12 Conference released its Big 12 Football awards and three Mountaineers were honored. Darius Stills, Tony Fields and Leddie Brown were awarded, but perhaps the player who had the best season of anyone on the team was suspiciously left off the 1st or 2nd teams.
Tykee Smith, the sensational sophomore defensive back, had not only one of the best seasons by any defender in the country but also in the entire nation.
Smith is a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s best defensive back and is likely going to be an All-American, but somehow he’s only managed to receive Honorable Mention from the Big 12.
In addition, Smith finished the season as one of the highest-graded defensive backs, according to PFF College Football, a premium data and analytics website.
Many West Virginia players have been robbed of postseason awards, but this could be the most outrageous omission ever.
Highest-graded CBs heading into Wk13
1⃣ Patrick Surtain II, Alabama – 87.9
2⃣ Tykee Smith, WVU – 85.3
3⃣ Shemar Jean-Charles, App St – 83.8
4⃣ Marcus Jones, Houston – 83.7 pic.twitter.com/fOJSIj7EDt
— PFF College (@PFF_College) November 27, 2020