Eight Bulls make coaches All-AAC squad
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).