American Athletic 2016 All-Conference Team

Athlon projects the AAC's best for 2016.

Houston, USF and Temple are considered the top three teams and favorites to win the American Athletic Conference in 2016, so it should be no surprise these programs dominate the projected all-conference team by Athlon Sports. The Cougars and the Bulls are tied with 14 selections on Athlon Sports’ 2016 American Athletic all-conference team, with the Owls checking in at No. 3 with 11 selections. UConn and Tulsa are just a step behind with 10 picks.

 

The 2016 college football season is still a few months away, but it’s never too early to project what could happen this year.

 

Athlon Sports released its full predictions for the American Athletic Conference last week. Now, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor the top players in the league with a release of first, second, third and fourth all-conference teams for 2016.

 

Related: American Athletic Conference 2016 Predictions

 

An important note on the all-conference teams: These are based on how players will perform in 2016. Career statistics and awards matter in the evaluation, but choosing players for the 2016 all-conference team is largely based on predicting and projecting the best for the upcoming year.

 

American Athletic Conference 2016 Team Previews
East Division
 

National

Rank:

54 77 94 37 52 100
West Division
 

National

Rank:

15 83 67 101 117 84

 

Visit the Athlon Sports Online Store to order a copy of the 2016 National College Football Preview Magazine, which features in-depth analysis and previews for all 128 teams, predictions, rankings and features to prepare for the upcoming year. 

 

 

Athlon's American Athletic All-Conference Team for 2016
 

First-Team

Offense

Second-Team

Offense

Third-Team

Offense

Fourth-Team

Offense

QB

Greg Ward

Houston  

Quinton Flowers

USF 

Gunner Kiel

Cincinnati 

Dane Evans

Tulsa 

RB

Marlon Mack

USF 

Dontrel Hilliard

Tulane 

Dishan Romine

Navy 

Mike Boone

Cincinnati 

RB

Jahad Thomas

Temple 

Duke Catalon

Houston 

Doroland Dorceus

Memphis 

Taj McGowan

UCF 

AP

Arkeel Newsome

UConn 

Sam Craft

Memphis 

Trevon Brown

East Carolina 

D'Angelo Brewer (RB)

Tulsa 

WR

Zay Jones

East Carolina 

Rodney Adams

USF 

Ra'Shaad Samples

Houston 

Ventell Bryant

Temple 

WR

Keevan Lucas

Tulsa 

Chance Allen

Houston 

Jamir Tillman

Navy 

Noel Thomas

UConn 

WR

Courtland Sutton

SMU 

Tre'Quan Smith

UCF 

Josh Atkinson

Tulsa 

Avery Peterson

Cincinnati 

C

Deyshawn Bond

Cincinnati 

Will Noble

Houston 

Chandler Miller

Tulsa 

Drew Kyser

Memphis 

OL

Kofi Amichia

USF 

Blake Belcher

Tulsa 

Brian Carter

Temple 

Evan Brown

SMU 

OL

J.T. Boyd

East Carolina 

Trevon Tate

Memphis 

Na'Ty Rodgers

Houston 

Robert Lindsey

Navy 

OL

Dion Dawkins

Temple 

Chris Taylor

Tulane 

Gabe Kuhn

Memphis 

Tyler Hudanick

UCF 

OL

Ryan Leahy

Cincinnati 

Dominique Threatt

USF 

Andreas Knappe

UConn 

Leon Johnson

Temple 

  First-Team
Defense

Second-Team

Defense

Third-Team

Defense

Fourth-Team

Defense

DL

B.J. Singleton

Houston 

Luke Carrezola

UConn 

Amos Mason

Navy 

Ed Oliver

Houston 

DL

Tanzel Smart

Tulane 

Jamiyus Pittman

UCF 

Fred Presley

East Carolina 

Justin Lawler

SMU 

DL

Folorunso

Fatukasi

UConn 

Deadrin Senat

USF 

Bruce Hector

USF 

Jeremy Smith

Tulsa 

DL

Haason Reddick

Temple 

Praise-Martin

Oguike

Temple 

Cameron Malveaux

Houston 

Kevin Bronson

USF 

LB

Steven Taylor

Houston 

Matt Linscott

Tulsa 

Jarred Alwan

Temple 

Daniel Gonzales

Navy 

LB

Nico Marley

Tulane 

Eric Wilson

Cincinnati 

Chequan Burkett

UCF 

Tyus Bowser

Houston 

LB

Auggie Sanchez

USF 

Junior Joseph

UConn 

Trent Martin

Tulsa 

Jordan Williams

East Carolina 

CB

Jamar Summers

UConn 

Brandon Wilson

Houston 

Jhavon Williams

UConn 

Parry Nickerson

Tulane 

CB

Sean Chandler 

Temple 

Deatrick Nichols

USF 

Brendon Clements*

Navy 

DaShaun Amos

East Carolina 

S

Zach Edwards

Cincinnati 

Travon Simmons

East Carolina 

Devin Abraham
USF 

Delvon Randall

Temple  

S

Obi Melifonwu

UConn 

Nate Godwin

USF 

Jeremy Brady

Tulsa 

Daiquan Thomasson

Navy 

 

First-Team

Specialists

Second-Team

Specialists

Third-Team

Specialists

Fourth-Team

Specialists

K

Jake Elliott

Memphis 

Andrew Gantz

Cincinnati 

Austin Jones

Temple 

Bobby Puyol

UConn 

P Caleb Houston
UCF 

Worth Gregory

East Carolina 

Spencer Smith

Memphis 

Sam Geraci

Cincinnati 

KR

Brandon Wilson

Houston 

Rodney Adams

USF 

Dishan Romine

Navy 

Braedon West

SMU 

PR

Tajee Fulwood

USF 

Quay Johnson

East Carolina 

Roderick Proctor

Memphis 

Ra'Shaad Samples

Houston 

 

 

Breakdown of Athlon's 2016 American Athletic All-Conference Team
  First Second Third Fourth

Cincinnati

Offense: 2

Defense: 1 

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1

UConn

Offense: 1

Defense: 3 

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 2 

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1

East Carolina

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 

Defense: 1 

Sp. Teams: 2

Offense: 1 

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

Houston

Offense: 1 

Defense: 2 

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 3 

Defense: 1 

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2 

Defense: 1 

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 1

Memphis

Offense: 0 

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2 

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 2

Offense: 1

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Navy

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2 

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1 

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

SMU

Offense: 1 

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 1

Temple

Offense: 2 

Defense: 2 

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 

Defense: 1 

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 

Defense: 1 

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Tulane

Offense: 0

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2 

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

Tulsa

Offense: 1 

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 

Defense: 1 

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2 

Defense: 2 

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

UCF

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1 

Defense: 1 

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 1 

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2

Defense: 0

Sp. Teams: 0

USF

Offense: 2 

Defense: 1 

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 3

Defense: 3

Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0

Defense: 2

Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0

Defense: 1

Sp. Teams: 0

 

* Clements was dismissed from the team in early July.

 

(Credit to @UHCougarFB/Stephen Pinchback for the top photo of QB Greg Ward)

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