No, it's not an All-America Team. It's not an Academic team or a Futures Team or anything that you're used to. Instead, Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples made his own list: his All Two Star (And Fewer) Team for those college football prospects that were not celebrated enough coming out of high school. Two local players enjoy that honor on Staples latest team: center B.J. Finney of Kansas State and tackle Justin Britt of Missouri. Check out his take below:
As for Finney, he writes:
Finney, whose flat-top makes him look a little like Sgt. Carter from Gomer Pyle, declined an offer from Ohio University to walk on in Manhattan. The Andale, Kan., native grew up a Kansas State fan, and he's honored to play for Bill Snyder. But that haircut makes people think Finney works for Snyder. Though Finney was only a redshirt freshman in 2011, plenty of people thought he was a coach. "Sadly enough, I get told that all the time," Finney told The Wichita Eagle in August. "I guess I look like a coach. Between wrestling and football, people are always coming up to me and asking, 'Are you a coach?' No, I'm a player. A freshman, actually."
For Britt, Staples writes:
As a 6-5, 267-pounder in Lebanon, Mo., Britt had only begun to examine the recruiting process when the Tigers offered. The only place Britt had ever wanted to play was Missouri, so he accepted that offer immediately. No one else pursued the state champion wrestler very hard. It wouldn't have mattered if they had. In 2011, Britt was expected to play guard before a preseason injury knocked out left tackle Elvis Fisher. Britt, who now weighs 295, took over at left tackle and started all 13 games. He finished the year by holding his own against North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples -- a likely first-round draft pick -- in the Independence Bowl.