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American Athletic Football 2021 All-Conference Team

Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati Bearcats Football

Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati Bearcats Football

The 2021 American Athletic All-Conference team is led by 17 selections from Cincinnati, with Tulane (16) and Tulsa (15) up next. Houston, East Carolina and SMU each have 11 picks, while Memphis and UCF check in with eight on the 2021 All-AAC squad.

Athlon Sports has released its top 25 for 2021. 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 2021.

An important note on the all-conference teams: These are based on how players will perform in 2021. Career statistics and awards matter in the evaluation, but choosing players for the 2021 all-conference team is largely based on predicting and projecting the best for the upcoming year. Also, team strength does not play a role in selections. These are the best individual players at each position in the league for '21.

American Athletic Football 2021 All-Conference Team

First-Team Offense  

QB       Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati

RB       Ulysses Bentley IV, SMU

RB       Jerome Ford, Cincinnati

AP/WR Calvin Austin III, Memphis

WR      Reggie Roberson, SMU

WR      Jaylon Robinson, UCF

TE       Josh Whyle, Cincinnati

C          Sincere Haynesworth, Tulane

OL       Tyler Smith, Tulsa

OL       Cole Schneider, UCF

OL       Dylan Parham, Memphis

OL       Jaylon Thomas, SMU

First-Team Defense 

DL       Myjai Sanders, Cincinnati

DL       Jaxon Player, Tulsa

DL       Morris Joseph, Memphis

DL       Curtis Brooks, Cincinnati

LB        Diego Fagot, Navy

LB        Dorian Williams, Tulane

LB        Justin Wright, Tulsa

CB       Ahmad Gardner, Cincinnati

CB       Marcus Jones, Houston

S          Kendarin Ray, Tulsa

S          Quindell Johnson, Memphis

First-Team Specialists 

K         Blake Mazza, SMU

P          Ryan Wright, Tulane

KR       Tre Tucker, Cincinnati

PR       Marcus Jones, Houston

Second-Team Offense      

QB       Dillon Gabriel, UCF

RB       Shamari Brooks, Tulsa

RB       Rahjai Harris, East Carolina

WR/AP Keylon Stokes, Tulsa

WR      Tyler Snead, East Carolina

WR      Rashee Rice, SMU

TE       Sean Dykes, Memphis

C          Kody Russey, Houston

OL       Donovan Jennings, USF

OL       Corey Dublin, Tulane

OL       Hayden Howerton, SMU

OL       Chris Paul, Tulsa

Second-Team Defense      

DL       Jeffery Johnson, Tulane

DL       Big Kat Bryant, UCF

DL       Marcus Brown, Cincinnati

DL       Derek Parish, Houston

LB        Xavier Smith, East Carolina

LB        Nick Anderson, Tulane

LB        Darrian Beavers, Cincinnati

CB       Ja'Quan McMillian, East Carolina

CB       Coby Bryant, Cincinnati

S          Cristian Williams, Tulsa

S          Ja'Von Hicks, Cincinnati

Second-Team Specialists     

K         Dalton Witherspoon, Houston

P          Andrew Osteen, UCF

KR       Tyler Snead, East Carolina

PR       Jha'Quan Jackson, Tulane

Third-Team Offense

QB       Michael Pratt, Tulane

RB       Tyjae Spears, Tulane

RB       Cameron Carroll, Tulane

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AP       Jadan Blue, Temple

WR      Alec Pierce, Cincinnati

WR      Duece Watts, Tulane

TE       Christian Trahan, Houston

         Matt Lee, UCF

OL       Joey Claybrook, Tulane

OL       Vincent McConnell, Cincinnati

OL       Demetris Harris, USF

OL       Adam Klein, Temple

Third-Team Defense           

DL       Turner Coxe, SMU

DL       Rick D'Abreu, East Carolina

DL       Tyarise Stevenson, Tulsa

DL       Kalia Davis, UCF

LB        Delano Robinson, SMU

LB        Antonio Grier, USF

LB        JJ Russell, Memphis

CB       Michael McMorris, Navy

CB       Allie Green IV, Tulsa (Transferred)

S          Macon Clark, Tulane

S          Kevin Brennan, Navy

Third-Team Specialists

K         Zack Long, Tulsa

P          Adam Barry, Temple

KR       Jha'Quan Jackson, Tulane

PR       Tyler Snead, East Carolina

Fourth-Team Offense          

QB       Holton Ahlers, East Carolina

RB       Bentavious Thompson, UCF

RB       Ta'Zhawn Henry, Houston

AP       Michael Young, Cincinnati

WR      C.J. Johnson, East Carolina

WR      Nathaniel Dell, Houston

WR      Josh Johnson, Tulsa

WR      Mychal Cooper, Navy

TE       Mitchell Brinkman, USF

C          Gerard Wheeler, Tulsa

OL       Fernando Frye, East Carolina

OL       Brad Cecil, USF

OL       Dylan Couch, Tulsa

OL       C.J. Perez, Temple

OL       Jake Renfro, Cincinnati

Fourth-Team Defense         

DL       Rashawn Yates, USF

DL       Malik Vann, Cincinnati

DL       David Aneih, Houston

DL       Will Rodgers, Temple

DL       Eljiah Chatman, SMU

LB        Dwayne Boyles, USF

LB        Donavan Mutin, Houston

LB        William Kwenkeu, Temple

LB        Jireh Wilson, East Carolina

CB       Damarion Williams, Houston

CB       Jaylon Monroe, Tulane

CB       Brandon Crossley, SMU

CB       Jacobi Francis, Memphis

S          Amir Tyler, Temple

S          Larry Brooks, Tulane

S          Bryan Cook, Cincinnati

Fourth-Team Specialists      

K         Bijan Nichols, Navy

P          Lachlan Wilson, Tulsa

KR       Danny Gray, SMU

PR       Calvin Austin, Memphis

Total Selections on Athlon's 2021 All-AAC Team

Team

Number of Selections

Cincinnati

17

East Carolina

11

Houston

11

Memphis

8

Navy

5

SMU

11

Temple

7

Tulane

16

Tulsa

15

UCF

8

USF

7

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Photo of Desmond Ridder courtesy of Cincinnati Athletics