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Pitt Football: Ray Graham Snubbed?

Ray Graham not one of the best players in the Big East? That's just crazy talk! (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Ray Graham not one of the best players in the Big East? That's just crazy talk! (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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We're used to hearing about Ray Graham being snubbed by outsiders on a nationwide level, but in the Big East?

Okay, so it's not technically by the conference itself, but ESPN blogger Andrea Adelson managed to ignore Graham's amazing year by not even naming him among the conference's top three candidates for Offensive Player of the Year.

Um, what?

You heard correctly - according to Adelson, Graham is not only not the Big East offensive player of the year, but he's not even really a candidate.

I've got no problem with proclaiming West Virginia's Geno Smith the leader in the clubhouse at this point. But after that, Graham's got to be right there. Instead, Adelson has Mohamed Sanu in second due to his 55 catches. Yes, Sanu is on pace for more than 100, something that's never been done in the conference, but Graham is simply having a better year.

Sanu's 55 catches are good for fifth in the nation, but his 555 receiving yards only rank 31st. Meanwhile, Graham leads the entire FBS in rushing with 937 yards. Graham also has nearly twice as many touchdowns as Sanu - nine to five.

Even more appalling, though, Adelson apparently doesn't even think Graham is the best running back in the conference. That honor appears to go to Cincinnati's Isaiah Pead, who ranks third on her list ... this despite the fact that Graham has more than 300 more yards than Pead. Graham also has 30 catches to Pead's 11.

Look, I get the fact that wins and losses can count for something in a close race, but Pead or Sanu simply aren't having the year Graham is. He's the leading rusher in the nation but not even a candidate to win his conference's Player of the Year award?

Don't get it.