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A&M's Kelcy Luke piling up wins not awards

HUNTSVILLE (AP) — Alabama A&M's Kelcy Luke has been overshadowed by Southwestern Athletic Conference quarterbacks who put up bigger numbers.

He'd rather be judged by the wins anyway.

Luke has led the Bulldogs to back-to-back appearance in the league championship game, facing Arkansas-Pine Bluff Saturday at Birmingham's Legion Field. He still didn't make the All-SWAC first or second teams.

"I was disappointed at first," the junior quarterback said. "I guess they go by numbers. We're not the type of offense where the quarterback is going to put up a lot of numbers. It's basically managing the game and winning games."

Luke has done both, posting a 17-6 record as A&M's starting quarterback. His numbers aren't bad, either. He has passed for 1,724 yards and rushed for another 409 yards this season.

But it wasn't enough for All-SWAC honors once again. Pine Bluff's Chris Wallace, the league's offensive player of the year, topped that list. Grambling State's Brandon Landers was the second-teamer.

"With the year I had and the year we had, I thought I would have been picked, but it doesn't mean as much to me as winning the championship," Luke said.

Added Bulldogs coach Anthony Jones: "He works hard, plays hard, wins games and yet they don't treat him as one of the upper echelon quarterbacks in the league," Jones said. "I don't understand that."

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