Sun Belt Football 2021 All-Conference Team

Athlon honors the best in the Sun Belt for 2021

The 2021 All-Sun Belt team is led by 20 selections from Louisiana, with Coastal Carolina (19) and Appalachian State (16) up next. Troy (13), Georgia State (13) and Arkansas State (10) headline the next tier of teams with the most picks on the Sun Belt All-Conference Team for '21.


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


Sun Belt Football 2021 All-Conference Team

First-Team Offense  


QB       Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina

RB       Camerun Peoples, Appalachian State

RB       Reese White, Coastal Carolina

RB/AP  Chris Smith, Louisiana

WR      Jaivon Heiligh, Coastal Carolina

WR      Jalen Tolbert, South Alabama

TE       Isaiah Likely, Coastal Carolina

C          Baer Hunter, Appalachian State

OL       Max Mitchell, Louisiana

OL       Trey Carter, Coastal Carolina

OL       Shamarious Gilmore, Georgia State

OL       Austin Stidham, Troy


First-Team Defense 


DL       Demetrius Taylor, Appalachian State

DL       Jeffrey Gunter, Coastal Carolina

DL       C.J. Brewer, Coastal Carolina

DL       Zi'Yon Hill, Louisiana

LB        Carlton Martial, Troy

LB        D'Marco Jackson, Appalachian State

LB        Silas Kelly, Coastal Carolina

DB       D'Jordan Strong, Coastal Carolina

DB       Shaun Jolly, Appalachian State

DB       Derrick Canteen, Georgia Southern

DB       Keith Gallmon, South Alabama


First-Team Specialists


K         Noel Ruiz, Georgia State

P         Rhys Byrns Louisiana

KR       Chris Smith, Louisiana

PR       Eric Garror, Louisiana


Second-Team Offense         


QB       Levi Lewis, Louisiana

RB       Kimani Vidal, Troy

RB       Destin Coates, Georgia State

AP       Kaylon Geiger, Troy (transferred to Texas Tech)

WR      Sam Pinckney, Georgia State

WR      Corey Sutton, Appalachian State

WR      Marcell Barbee, Texas State

TE       Roger Carter, Georgia State

C          Dylan Bradshaw, Troy

OL       Cooper Hodges, Appalachian State

OL       Willie Lampkin, Coastal Carolina

OL       O'Cyrus Torrence, Louisiana

OL       Aaron Dowdell, Georgia Southern


Second-Team Defense


DL       Hardrick Willis, Georgia State

DL       Nico Ezidore, Texas State

DL       Will Choloh, Troy

DL       Dontae Wilson, Georgia State

LB        Teddy Gallagher, Coastal Carolina

LB        Lorenzo McCaskill, Louisiana

LB        Nick Mobley, South Alabama

CB       Jarron Morris, Texas State

CB       Quavian White, Georgia State

S          Bralen Trahan, Louisiana

S          Antavious Lane, Georgia State


Second-Team Specialists     


K         Massimo Biscardi, Coastal Carolina

P         Anthony Beck, Georgia Southern

KR       Jalen Virgil, Appalachian State

PR       Khaleb Hood, Georgia Southern


Third-Team Offense


QB       Layne Hatcher, Arkansas State

RB       Logan Wright, Georgia Southern

RB       Brock Sturges, Texas State

WR/AP Thomas Hennigan, Appalachian State

WR       Dahu Green, Arkansas State

WR      Reggie Todd, Troy

TE       Henry Pearson, Appalachian State

C          Shane Vallot, Louisiana

OL       Ken Marks, Louisiana

OL       Andre Harris, Arkansas State

OL       Brian Miller, Georgia Southern

OL       Dalton Cooper, Texas State


Third-Team Defense           


DL       Richard Jibunor, Troy

DL       C.J. Wright, Georgia Southern

DL       Gi'Narious Johnson, South Alabama

DL       Tayland Humphrey, Louisiana

LB        Traveion Webster, ULM

LB        Brendan Harrington, Appalachian State

LB        Blake Carroll, Georgia State

DB       Percy Butler, Louisiana

DB       Eric Garror, Louisiana

DB       Kaiden Smith, Appalachian State

DB       Alex Spillum, Coastal Carolina


Third-Team Specialists


K         Diego Guajardo, South Alabama

P          Jack Brooks, South Alabama

KR       Reggie Todd, Troy

PR       Malik Williams, Appalachian State


Fourth-Team Offense


QB       Cornelious Brown IV, Georgia State

RB       J.D. King Georgia Southern

RB       Marcel Murray, Arkansas State

RB       Calvin Hill, Texas State

AP       Malik Williams, Appalachian State

AP       Amare Jones, Georgia Southern

WR      Kyren Lacy, Louisiana

WR      Cornelius McCoy, Georgia State

WR      Corey Rucker, Arkansas State

WR      Jalen Wayne, South Alabama

TE       Reed Tyler, Arkansas State

C          Sam Thompson, Coastal Carolina

OL       Malik Sumter, Georgia State

OL       Jake Andrews, Troy

OL       Carlos Rubio, Louisiana

OL       Antwine Loper, Coastal Carolina


Fourth-Team Defense


DL       TW Ayers, Arkansas State

DL       Ty Shelby, ULM

DL       Terry Hampton, Arkansas State

DL       Javon Solomon, Troy

DL       Caleb Spurlin, Appalachian State

LB        Ferrod Gardner, Louisiana

LB        Enock Makonzo, Coastal Carolina

LB        Trey Cobb, Appalachian State

LB        Chauncey Manac, Louisiana

DB       Dell Pettus, Troy

DB       T.J. Harris, Troy

DB       Antonio Fletcher, Arkansas State

DB       Devin Rockette, South Alabama

DB       Derick Bush, Coastal Carolina

DB       Mekhi Garner, Louisiana


Fourth-Team Specialists      


K         Blake Grupe, Arkansas State

P         Seamus O'Kelly, Texas State

KR       Shemari Jones, Coastal Carolina

PR       Jaivon Heiligh, Coastal Carolina



Total Selections on Athlon's 2021 All-Sun Belt Team

Team Number of Selections
Appalachian State 16
Arkansas State 10
Coastal Carolina 19
Georgia Southern 9
Georgia State 13
Louisiana 20
South Alabama 8
Texas State 7
Troy 13

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(Carlton Martial photo courtesy of Troy Athletics)

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