Make no bones about it, Kerwynn Williams got snubbed.
Plain and simple.
How does a player who sets both an NCAA and Western Athletic Conference record not earn all-league honors?
On the first or second team.
To me, that's outrageous.
When the WAC released its awards on Monday, I fully expected both Williams and linebacker Bobby Wagner to be honored.
And for the second straight season, Wagner made first-team all-WAC. His teammate, cornerback Curtis Marsh, earned second-team honors.
But Williams' name was not to be found on either list.
Despite the fact he broke the WAC's and NCAA's record for most kick return yards in a single season with 1,444.
"I feel like with the voting system, everyone is entitled to their own opinion," Williams said. "I can't really go against how anyone voted. The only way I can change their minds is by playing football.
"I can't dwell on something that I have no control over, so I'm not going to run home and cry about not being on the list. I'm just going to keep working hard and keep playing football."
Williams certainly has a great attitude about being snubbed. But that's just the type of kid he is.
In fact, when he set the record last Saturday in USU's season-ending 50-14 loss at Boise State, Williams said he'd trade his individual accomplishment in for a team victory.
He'd do it in a heartbeat.
"I'd rather have a win than the record," Williams said after the game.
The Las Vegas native finished with 157 kickoff return yards against the Broncos. He broke the old mark of 1,410 yards - set the previous week by New Mexico State's Taveon Rogers - with a 24-yard return in the third quarter.
Louisiana Tech senior Phillip Livas was tabbed first-team all-WAC as a kick return specialist, while Rogers made the second team.
That's just mind boggling to me, especially when you look at the numbers.
Williams led the WAC and ranks 24th in the nation in kick return average at 27.2, while Rogers is second (27.1) in the league and Livas fifth (24.6).
To Livas' credit, he did lead the WAC in punt return average at 15.5.
But Williams also led the WAC and ranks sixth in the nation in all-purpose yards at 170.2. Livas is third (146.7) and Rogers fifth (145.2).
"I expected to see Kerwynn on one of the teams," USU quarterback Diondre Borel said. "He broke the kick return yards record for the conference, as well as the NCAA record.
"I really don't know why he wasn't on one of the teams. He did everything asked of him this year and he did it very well."
It's pretty bush league to me. There is NO WAY Rogers deserves to be ahead of Williams.
When you look at the head-to-head matchups, Williams won each time out.
Against Louisiana Tech, Williams returned three kickoffs for 48 yards, including a long of 17. Livas did not even play in that game.
Several weeks later, Williams nearly doubled Rogers' output on kickoff returns.
Williams returned five kickoffs for 201 yards, including a long of 84 that set up a touchdown. Rogers had six returns for 102 yards.
Yes, this was the snub job of all snub jobs.
What did USU head coach Gary Andersen think of Williams not being honored for his record-setting season?
"The two kids that are there are very good," Andersen said. "Livas has been in the league a long time and he is very good and a good first-team selection and Rogers is very good. The two kids that got the recognition are good and I understand that and I get it. I like those guys.
"... Chips on your shoulder are a good thing. There is nothing wrong with a chip on your shoulder."
Will Williams, who now has 2,575 kick return yards for his career, be playing with a chip on his shoulder next season?
"It's always motivation for me to be the best at my position, as well as the best at anything that I do," Williams said. "That is something that I have always been taught and something that I am always working to accomplish.
"My dad always told me if I was going to do something that I might as well be good at it. You have to do whatever it takes to give yourself that opportunity. It is unfortunate that I didn't make it this season, but it's not something that I am going to dwell on. My goal is to go out and play football."