The American Preview: Preseason All-Conference Teams

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This past week, Crystal Ball Run has given you an all-encompassing look at college football’s newest conference, “The American.” We’ve discussed key players, the league’s bizarre scheduling quirks and even the biggest and most exciting games to mark on your calendar.

And today it’s time to complete our look-ahead to the 2013 season in the American. Later we’ll be making our conference championship picks, and below we’ve listed our projected All-Conference picks.  

Please note that all players are listed by the class which they will be entering during the 2013 season, but all stats are from the 2012 season.

Enjoy, and as always feel free to let us know what you think of our selections in the comments section below. Also feel free to make fun of us when the actual All-Conference teams are selected in December.


QB: Teddy Bridgewater, junior, Louisville (3,718 yards, 27 touchdowns, eight interceptions)
RB: Lyle McCombs, junior, UConn (840 yards, six touchdowns)
WR: Brandon Coleman, senior, Rutgers (43 catches, 718 yards, 10 touchdowns)
WR: DeVante Parker, junior, Louisville (40 catches, 744 yards, 10 touchdowns)
WR: Deontay Greenbery, sophomore, Houston (47 catches, 569 yards, three touchdowns)
TE: Cody Booth, senior, Temple (17 catches, 137 yards, four touchdowns)
OL: Eric Lefeld, junior, Cincinnati
OL: Torrian Wilson, junior, Central Florida
OL: Antwan Lowery, senior, Rutgers
OL: Austen Bujnoch, senior, Cincinnati
OL: Andre Civil, senior, Rutgers


DE: Aaron Lynch, sophomore, South Florida (2011 stats at Notre Dame: 33 tackles, seven TFL’s 5.5 sacks)
DT: Jamil Merrill, senior, Rutgers (40 tackles, 10.5 TFL’s, 5.5 sacks)
DT: Martin Ifedi, junior, Memphis (46 tackles, 11 TFL’s, 7.5 sacks)
DE: Ryne Giddens, senior, South Florida (16 tackles, four TFL’s, 3.5 sacks)
LB: Yarwin Smallwood, junior, UConn (120 tackles, 15 TFL’s, 3.5 sacks)
LB: Terrence Plummer, junior, Central Florida (108 tackles, seven TFL’s, 1.5 sacks)
LB: Tyler Matakevich, sophomore, Temple (101 tackles, three TFL’s)
DB: Trevon Stewart, sophomore, Houston (126 tackles, 1.5 TFL’s, one interception)
DB: Byron Jones, junior, UConn (87 tackles, one interception)
DB: Clayton Geathers, junior, Central Florida (117 tackles, four TFL’s)
DB: Zachary McMillian, senior, Houston (51 tackles, five interceptions)

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