While Quinton Flowers continues flying a bit below the radar around the country, his record-shattering season is appreciated around the conference.
Case in point: The American Athletic Conference coaches have elected Flowers the league's Offensive Player of the Year. The announcement comes the same day Flowers, previously named a semifinalist for the Walter Camp Award, wasn't picked as a finalist.
He's the first Bull to be named a conference offensive player of the year, and one of three Bulls named to this season's All-AAC first team, joining TB Marlon Mack and LT Kofi Amichia.
The entire team can be seen here.
In his second full season as the Bulls starter, Flowers statistically asserted himself as one of the greatest player evers to put on a USF uniform.
He already has established a Bulls single-season rushing yardage record, and is the only player in school history to amass at least 1,000 rushing and 2,000 passing yards in the same season. His 1,425 yards on the ground (he has 2,551 passing yards) represent the eighth-best rushing season by a Division I quarterback.
He enters the Bulls' bowl game ranked 10th nationally in total offense (331.3 ypg).
Mack, one of only three players from a Florida Division I program with three 1,000-yard seasons, made the first team for the third season in a row. Amichia, who has helped USF rank first in the league in sacks allowed (only 1.25 per game), made an all-conference team for the first time.
Second-teamers from USF were WR Rodney Adams, RB D'Ernest Johnson (as a return specialist), CB Deatrick Nichols, MLB Auggie Sanchez, DT Deadrin Senat, OG Dominique Threatt and TE Mitch Wilcox.