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USF’s Mitch Wilcox a first-team All-AAC pick

The Tarpon Springs High alumnus has established USF single-season marks for a tight end
USF tight end Mitch Wilcox has set school single-season records for receptions (40) and receiving yards (506) by a tight end. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]

Fourth-year junior TE Mitch Wilcox is the only USF first-teamer, and one of only three Bulls overall, on the coaches All-American Athletic Conference squad released today.

Senior WLB Khalid McGee and sophomore CB Mike Hampton were second-team and honorable-mention selections, respectively. UCF QB McKenzie Milton, whose season ended with a horrific knee injury in Friday's win against the Bulls, was chosen the league's offensive player of the year for the second consecutive season.

Cincinnati's Luke Fickell, whose team won 10 games after going 4-8 in his inaugural season in 2017, was named Coach of Year.

The entire team can be seen here. The sparse Bulls representation reflects the late-season swoon (five consecutive losses) of a program that totaled 21 wins in 2016 and '17. USF had 10 all-conference picks each of the previous two seasons, and four first-teamers in 2017.

Despite ankle injuries that have lingered for more than a month, Wilcox — a Tarpon Springs alumnus — has posted a career year, establishing USF season records for receptions (40) and receiving yards (506) by a tight end. His eight catches at Illinois also set a single-game mark for a Bulls tight end.

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McGee, a converted safety, recorded the 15th 100-tackle season in program history, and enters USF's bowl game with 104. Hampton, a Hillsborough High alumnus, has 41 tackles, two interceptions and a team-best 15 pass breakups.