Posted: Nov 13, 2012 3:01 PM
Updated: Nov 13, 2012 3:01 PM
It's time for nominations for the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors all-state football teams.
Nominees from your coverage area are due by Monday, Nov. 26. Please reach out to your coaches and have them submit nominations to you. Your final choices should be emailed to one of the regional co-coordinators listed below as soon as possible:
Len Hayward, Midland Reporter-Telegram (hayward(at)mrt.com); Eric Zarate, Fort Worth Star-Telegram (ezarate(at)star-telegram.com)
Phil Hicks, Tyler Morning Telegraph (sports(at)tylerpaper.com); Corbett Smith, The Dallas Morning News (c.corbettsmith(at)gmail.com)
David Coleman, Port Arthur News (m.david.coleman(at)gmail.com); Jenny Dial, Houston Chronicle (jenny.dial(at)chron.com)
Mike Forman, Victoria Advocate (mforman(at)vicad.com); Matt Young, Corpus Christi Caller-Times (youngm(at)caller.com)
STATS MUST BE REGULAR SEASON ONLY. We kindly ask that nominations adhere to the style and format required by our online voting system. Note that each nomination must be short, with a maximum of 90 characters. Don't include height and weight. All-district mentions are unnecessary unless it's an offensive lineman who was the MVP, or a defensive player with limited stats.
Some examples (note positions separately, ideally as a header above the nomination):
John Doe, Cisco, Sr. 1,432 rushing yds, 23 TDs; 324 receiving yds, 4 TDs
Jack Smith, Muleshoe, Sr. 144-of-203 passing, 2,345 yds, 34 TDs; 435 rush yds, 5 TDs
Jerry Harris, Tyler, Soph. 54 catches, 1,032 yds, 11 TDs; 324 rush yds, 3 TDs
Zack Livings, New Diana, Jr. 43 pancakes, graded 85 percent; 0 sacks allowed in 2 seasons
Justin Konzen, Salado, Sr. 130 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 INTs, 15 TFL, 2 fumbles caused, 2 fumbles recovered
Some points we'd like you to keep in mind:
Please double-check your coverage areas to make sure you're not overlooking obvious candidates. A 10-0 or 9-1 team probably has a couple of all-state candidates, and missing obvious nominees hurts the team's credibility.
Conversely, please be vigilant about your nominations. Does a 4-6 team really have six all-state players? This is all-state, not all-district. Your hometown star who rushed for 645 yards is going to have to beat a guy across the state who rushed for 1,500 yards or more.
Online voting will begin Friday, Dec. 7, and end Friday, Dec. 14.
The team lists will be released one per day, starting with Class 1A on Sunday, Dec. 16. No stories are planned. They will be available for immediate online use and the next day's print editions.
We will name the AP Player of the Year on Friday, Dec. 21, and write a short story to accompany the announcement.
If there are questions, call the Dallas office at 972-991-2100 or send an email to sdixon(at)ap.org.