Sun Belt Football 2016 All-Conference Team

Athlon honors the best in the Sun Belt for 2016.

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.  

 

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.

 

Related: 2016 Sun Belt 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.

 

2016 Sun Belt Team Previews
             
 

National

Rank:

58 78 81 110 119 107
   

National

Rank:

126 120 115 122 102  

 

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.

 

 

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