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Eight Bulls make coaches All-AAC squad

Marlon Mack, who just completed his second consecutive 1,000-yard regular season, is only the third player in program history to earn first-team all-conference honors twice.

OCTAVIO JONES | Times

Marlon Mack, who just completed his second consecutive 1,000-yard regular season, is only the third player in program history to earn first-team all-conference honors twice.

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For the second year in a row, Bulls sophomore TB Marlon Mack is a first-team pick on the coaches All-American Athletic Conference team.

Mack and sophomore CB Deatrick Nichols are USF's only first-teamers on the squad, released Wednesday. Six other Bulls earned second-team status, with junior Rodney Adams earning both a second-team spot (as a return specialist) and honorable mention (as a receiver).

The eight total selections is a USF record.

Mack, who just completed his second consecutive 1,000-yard regular season, joins Andre Hall and George Selvie as the only players in program history to earn first-team all-conference honors twice. The conference's leading rusher (1,273 yards, eight TDs), his eight 100-yard games also leads the league.

Nichols is tied for the team lead in interceptions (four) -- including a pick-six against Cincinnati -- and tied for third in tackles (58). He also has a fumble recovery, two forced fumbles and four pass breakups.

Second-teamers included Adams, senior LG Thor Jozwiak, senior DE Eric Lee, redshirt sophomore MLB Auggie Sanchez, senior TE Sean Price and senior P Mattias Ciabatti.

Among the glaring omissions: sophomore QB Quinton Flowers, whose 31 total TDs (21 passing, 10 rushing) are most in a season by a Bulls quarterback; and senior husky (nickel back) Jamie Byrd, who ranks second on the team in tackles (80) and interceptions (three).

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 2:11pm]

    

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