Granted, the American Athletic Conference has not been around that long, but still, there have been some memorable teams, players and moments.
And now, the AAC wants the fans to get involved in balloting for a “Fifth Anniversary Team.” On Monday the conference laid out the voting parameters and the nominees on their official website:
Fans, cast your vote today for the American Athletic Conference Fifth Anniversary Football Team.https://t.co/OpbMCUrEjc
Voting closes July 13. Help us recognize the best of The American in our first five years. pic.twitter.com/zU2HHyVBPz
— American Football (@American_FB) July 2, 2018
From a portion of the AAC release:
“The American will name its Fifth Anniversary Team July 24 at the conference’s annual Summer Kickoff and Media Days in Newport, Rhode Island.
The fan balloting will be one of three components that will determine the team, along with votes from the 12 football-playing schools and the local and national media that covers The American.”
The release then spelled out some interesting names for the voting and we’ll focus mainly on the Bulls and Knights.
This includes a tough call at quarterback, where only two names can be chosen from the likes of UCF’s Blake Bortles and McKenzie Milton, plus USF’s Quinton Flowers, Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville, Kennan Reynolds of Navy, Greg Ward of Houston and Paxton Lynch of Memphis.
In the cases of Bortles, Milton, Bridgewater and Ward, they all won the conference title and then, a “New Year’s Six” bowl game upset. Flowers and Reynolds are two tremendous statistical dual threat QB’s and Lynch had two tremendous seasons for the Tigers, as well.
Not an easy call.
At running back, USF’s all time leading running back rusher, Marlon Mack and UCF’s Storm Johnson, who ran for 1,300 yards in their magical Fiesta Bowl season of 2013 headline the AAC’s list.
Interesting that UCF’s Breshard Perriman is the only Knight or Bull on the receiver ballot.
Meanwhile, the defensive line has names like USF’s Aaron Lynch, and UCF’s Jamiyus Pittman make the nominees, and at linebacker, the Bulls Auggie Sanchez, a three time all AAC performer, is on the list. Also there is the “feel good” story in the history of the conference in Shaquem Griffin, who was AAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2017 and helped lead the Knights to their unbeaten Peach Bowl wining season last year.
(No. They aren’t “National Champions.)
Players like UCF DB Mike Hughes, USF’s Deatrick Nichols, and Knights safety Clayton Geathers, a two time all conference selection are par of the secondary balloting.
And finally, USF’s Emilo Nadelman is battling for the top place kicker honors, too.
The fan portion of the voting will continue through July 13th.
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