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Sun Belt Football 2016 All-Conference Team

Matt Breida

Matt Breida

Arkansas State, Georgia Southern and Appalachian State were the top three teams in the Sun Belt last season and open 2016 at the top of predictions for this conference. Considering the strong returning core of talent for the Red Wolves, Mountaineers and Eagles, it should be no surprise these three teams dominate the Athlon Sports 2016 All-Sun Belt team. The Red Wolves lead the way with 19 overall selections, with the Mountaineers checking in second with 16 picks. Georgia Southern and Georgia State are tied for third with 12 selections, with South Alabama (10) and Idaho (10) up next.  

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Athlon Sports released its full predictions for the Sun Belt 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.

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.

2016 Sun Belt Team Previews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Rank:

58

78

81

110

119

107

 

 

National Rank:

126

120

115

122

102

 

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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 2016 All-Sun Belt Team 

 

First-Team Offense

Second-Team Offense

Third-Team Offense

Fourth-Team Offense

QB

Taylor Lamb App. State 

Kevin Ellison Ga. Southern 

Brandon Silvers Troy 

Matt Linehan Idaho 

RB

Matt Breida Ga. Southern 

Elijah McGuire ULL 

L.A. Ramsby Ga. Southern 

Jalin Moore App. State 

RB

Larry Rose NMSU 

Xavier Johnson South Alabama 

Johnston White Ark. State 

Jordan Chunn Troy 

AP

Marcus Cox (RB) App. State 

Callen Hightower Idaho 

Cameron  Echols-Luper Ark. State 

Warren Wand (RB) Ark. State 

WR

Robert Davis Georgia State 

Ajalen Holley ULM 

Tyrian Taylor NMSU 

Josh Magee South Alabama 

WR

Penny Hart Georgia State 

Dijon Paschal Ark. State 

Shaedon Meadors App. State 

Marcus Green ULM  

TE

Gerald Everett South Alabama 

Buck Cowan Idaho 

Keith Rucker Georgia State 

Deon Watson Idaho 

C

Andy Kwon Ga. Southern 

Devin Mondie Ark. State 

Steven Matlock Idaho 

Eddie Gordon ULL 

OL

Jemar Clark Ark. State 

Colby Gossett App. State 

Jeremiah Culbreth Ga. Southern 

Frank Sutton ULM 

OL

Parker Collins App. State 

Ryan Melton Texas State 

Alex Stoehr Georgia State 

Gabe Mobley Georgia State 

OL

Antonio Garcia Troy 

Beau Nunn App. State 

Joseph Bacchus Ark. State 

Curtis Williams South Alabama 

OL

Colton Jackson Ark. State 

Jordan Rose Idaho 

Anthony McMeans NMSU 

Tommy Boynton Ga. Southern 

 

First-Team Defense

Second-Team Defense

Third-Team Defense

Fourth-Team Defense

DL

Rashad Dillard Troy 

Tre Alford South Alabama 

Waylon Roberson Ark. State 

Mario Osborne ULL 

DL

Jay Ellison Ga. Southern 

Bernard Dawson Ga. Southern 

Jamal Stadom Troy 

Mackendy Cheridor Georgia State 

DL

Dee Liner Ark. State 

Shawayne Lawrence Georgia State 

Jamal Johnson Ga. Southern 

Tyson Fernandez App. State 

DL

Ja'Von Rolland-Jones Ark. State 

Nate Norwood App. State 

Dallas McClarty Texas State 

Jimmie Gipson III South Alabama 

LB

Eric Boggs App. State 

Ironhead Gallon Ga. Southern 

Rodney Butler NMSU 

Ukeme Eligwe Ga. Southern 

LB

John Law App. State 

Alonzo McGee Georgia State 

Roman Buchanan South Alabama 

Devan Stringer App. State 

LB

Xavier Woodson-Luster Ark. State 

Otha Peters ULL 

Kaden Elliss Idaho 

Khari Lain Ark. State 

CB

Latrell Gibbs* App. State 

Chandon Sullivan Georgia State 

Jayshawn Jordan Idaho 

Lenzy Pipkins ULM 

CB

Jeremy Reaves South Alabama 

Blaise Taylor Ark. State 

Jerome Smith Georgia State 

Kamryn Melton Troy 

S

Cody Brown Ark. State 

Bobby Baker Georgia State 

Alex Gray App. State  

Tre Hunter ULM 

S

Kalen Jackson South Alabama 

Savion Brown ULL 

Tracy Walker ULL 

Chris Humes Ark. State 

 

First-Team Specialists

Second-Team Specialists

Third-Team Specialists

Fourth-Team Specialists

K

Austin Rehkow Idaho 

Aleem Sunanon South Alabama 

J.D. Houston Ark. State 

Younghoe Koo Ga. Southern 

P

Austin Rehkow Idaho 

Bentlee Critcher  App. State 

Lumi Kaba Texas State 

Steven Coutts ULL 

KR

Blaise Taylor Ark. State 

Marquan Greene Georgia State 

Marcus Green ULM 

Gabe Fuselier ULL 

PR

Blaise Taylor Ark. State 

Brandon McDowell Texas State 

Gary Haynes ULL 

Latrell Gibbs App. State 

Team-by-Team Breakdown of Athlon's 2016 All-Sun Belt Team

 

First

Second

Third

Fourth

Appalachian State

Offense: 3 Defense: 3 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1 Defense: 1  Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 2 Sp. Teams: 1

Arkansas State

Offense: 2 Defense: 4 Sp. Teams: 2 

Offense: 2 Defense: 1  Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 3 Defense: 1  Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1 Defense: 2 Sp. Teams: 0

Georgia State

Offense: 2 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 4 Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 2  Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Georgia Southern

Offense: 2 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1  Defense: 2 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2  Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 1

Idaho

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 2

Offense: 3 Defense: 0  Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 2 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

UL Lafayette

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 2 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 2

ULM

Offense: 0  Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 2 Defense: 2 Sp. Teams: 0

New Mexico State

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

South Alabama

Offense: 1 Defense: 2 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Texas State

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1  Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Troy

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0 

* Gibbs was later ruled academically ineligible for the 2016 season in early July.