PFN Preseason All-AAC Team 2022: Houston’s Clayton Tune, Tank Dell form top QB-WR duo

    The PFN All-AAC Team awards the top players on both sides of the ball from conference ahead of the 2022 college football season.

    In just a few short seasons, these Preseason All-AAC Teams will look a lot different. With Cincinnati and UCF set to join the Big 12, the Bearcats and Knights make one of their final appearances on college football preseason lists in the American Athletic Conference in 2022. Presented in conjunction with our release of our College Football All-Americans, we at PFN debut our 2022 preseason All-AAC Team, as voted on by our team of national analysts and NFL draft evaluators.

    PFN’s 2022 All-AAC Team

    It’s important to note that these teams may look a bit different than the All-Conference teams listed by each individual conference. Our teams mirror our All-Americans, taking into consideration not only what a player has accomplished to date but looking forward to what we expect to see based on the growth of the athlete’s career.

    Offense | First team

    QB: Clayton Tune, Houston
    RB: Keaton Mitchell, East Carolina
    RB: Jaren Mangham, USF
    WR: Nathaniel Dell, Houston
    WR: Ryan O’Keefe, UCF
    WR: Rashee Rice, SMU
    TE: Josh Whyle, Cincinnati
    FLEX: Tyjae Spears, Tulane
    OT: James Tunstall, Cincinnati
    G: Jeremy Cooper, Cincinnati
    C: Sincere Haynesworth, Tulane
    G: Lorenz Metz, Cincinnati
    OT: Kip Frankland, Navy

    Defense | First team

    EDGE: Malik Vann, Cincinnati
    DT: Elijah Chatman, SMU
    DT: Ricky Barber, UCF
    EDGE: Derek Parish, Houston
    LB: Ivan Pace Jr., Cincinnati
    LB: Deshawn Pace, Cincinnati
    LB: Antonio Grier, USF
    CB: Jadon Canady, Tulane
    CB: Arquon Bush, Cincinnati
    CB: Davonte Brown, UCF
    S: Rodney Owens, Memphis
    S: Gervarrius Owens, Houston
    FLEX: Darius Hodges, Tulane

    Specialists | First team

    PK: Zack Long, Tulsa
    P: Lachlan Wilson, Tulsa
    KR: Brian Battie, USF
    PR: Ryan Montgomery, Cincinnati
    LS: Alex Ward, UCF

    While Cincinnati and UCF are leaving for the Big 12, Houston takes the top honors with arguably one of the best QB-WR duos in all of college football this season. Clayton Tune checked in at No. 3 overall in our FBS QB rankings this summer, while Nathaniel “Tank” Dell is one of the country’s best wideouts. Tulane returns a star in Jadon Canady, and the Pace brothers are reunited in Cincinnati. Ivan Pace Jr. transferred in from Miami to join his brother Deshawn as both land heavy preseason honors.

    Offense | Second team

    QB: Tanner Mordecai, SMU
    RB: Tre Siggers, SMU
    RB: Isaiah Bowser, UCF
    WR: C.J. Johnson, East Carolina
    WR: Tre Tucker, Cincinnati
    WR: Xavier Weaver, USF
    TE: Christian Trahan, Houston
    FLEX: John Rhys Plumlee, UCF
    OT: Donovan Jennings, USF
    G: Joshua Pena, Navy
    C: Jaylon Thomas, SMU
    G: Samuel Jackson, UCF
    OT: Patrick Paul, Houston

    Defense | Second team

    EDGE: Tre’mon Morris-Brash, UCF
    DT: Elijah Morris, East Carolina
    DT: DeVere Levelston, SMU
    EDGE: Turner Coxie, SMU
    LB: Donavan Mutin, Houston
    LB: Justin Wright, Tulsa
    LB: Xavier Cullens, Memphis
    CB: Cameron Ruiz, Temple
    CB: Malik Fleming, East Carolina
    CB: Keyshawn Paul, Temple
    S: Divaad Wilson, UCF
    S: Quindell Johnson, Memphis
    FLEX: Macon Clark, Tulane

    Specialists | Second team

    PK: Spencer Shrader, USF
    P: Mason Fletcher, Cincinnati
    KR: Bryan Massey, SMU
    PR: Jha’Quan Jackson, Tulane
    LS: Cayson Pfeiffer, Cincinnati

    The talk of fall camp has surrounded whether or not Tanner Mordecai will win the starting job at SMU. That would be an incredibly questionable decision as Mordecai lit up scoreboards last season with his terrific play and now Second-Team All-AAC selection. Tre’mon Morris-Brash anchors a UCF defensive front four that must replace a lot of production as he’s set up for big things in 2022.

    Offense | Honorable mention

    QB:
    Michael Pratt, Tulane
    Seth Henigan, Memphis

    RB:
    Deneric Prince, Tulsa
    Johnny Richardson, UCF
    Rodrigues Clark, Memphis
    Edwards Saydee, Temple

    WR:
    JuanCarlos Santana
    , Tulsa
    KeSean Carter, Houston
    Javon Ivory, Memphis
    Jose Barbon, Temple
    Keylon Stokes, Tulsa
    Jimmy Horn Jr., USF

    TE:
    Tyrick James
    , Tulane
    Ethan Hall, Tulsa

    FLEX:
    Brad Cecil
    , USF
    Jacob Likes, Memphis

    OT:
    Dylan O’Quinn
    , Cincinnati
    Isaac Moore, Temple
    Bryce Bray, Tulsa
    Marcus Bryant, SMU

    G:
    Cam’Ron Johnson
    , Houston
    Tank Jenkins, Houston
    Demetris Harris, USF
    Caleb Thomas, Tulane

    C:
    Gerard Wheeler
    , Tulsa
    Matthew Lee, UCF

    Defense | Honorable mention

    EDGE:
    Jeremy Lewis
    , East Carolina
    Jacob Busic, Navy
    Wardalis Ducksworth, Memphis
    Immanuel Hickman, East Carolina

    DT:
    Donald Berniard Jr.
    , Navy
    Keenan Hester, UCF
    Jerquavion Mahone, Temple
    Chidozie Nwankwo, Houston

    LB:
    Dwayne Boyles
    , USF
    Jimmy Phillips Jr., SMU
    Kobe Wilson, Temple
    Jordan Magee, Temple
    John Marshall, Navy
    Ty Van Fossen, Cincinnati

    CB:
    Corey Thornton, UCF
    Tyon Davis, Tulsa
    Alex Hogan, Houston
    Daquan Evans, USF
    Art Green, Houston
    Bryce McMorris, SMU

    S:
    Mekhi LaPointe, USF
    Larry Brooks, Tulane
    Ja’von Hicks, Cincinnati
    Chase Cromartie, SMU

    FLEX:
    Jireh Wilson, East Carolina
    Hasaan Hypolite, Houston

    Specialists | Honorable mention

    PK:
    Owen Daffer, East Carolina
    Bijan Nichols, Navy

    P:
    Riley Riethman, Navy
    Laine Wilkins, Houston

    KR:
    Tre Tucker, Cincinnati
    Maquel Haywood, Navy

    PR:
    Xavier Weaver, USF
    Kamdyn Benjamin, Tulsa

    LS:
    Ethan Nguyen, Navy
    Gavin Gately, Houston

    For the rest of the Pro Football Network All-Conference Teams, view each conference here: ACC | B1GBig 12 | Pac-12SECIndependents | C-USAMACMWCSun Belt

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