2019 American Athletic Conference Football Preview

Check out the CSD preview for the American Athletic Conference’s 2019 season in this loaded preview featuring in-depth coverage of everything you need to know about all 12 teams, projected records based on thousands of computer simulations, and a list of the top players in the conference.

2019 Unit Rankings

QBRBWR/TEOLDLLBDB
1. houston1. cincinnati1. smu1. memphis1. tulane1. temple 1. ucf
2. memphis2. usf2. ucf2. temple2 memphis2. cincinnati2. cincinnati
3. ucf3. ucf3. memphis3. houston3. temple3. memphis3. temple

All-AAC Team

Offense

QB – D’Eriq King, Houston
RB – Michael Warren II, Cincinnati
RB – Jordan Cronkite, USF
WR – James Proche, SMU
WR – Damonte Coxie, Memphis
WR – Reggie Roberson, SMU
TE – Josiah Deguara, Cincinnati
C – Dustin Woodard, Memphis
OL – Jovahn Fair, Temple
OL – Chris Ferguson, Cincinnati
OL – Josh Jones, Houston
OL – Jake Brown, UCF

Defense

DL – Bryce Huff, Memphis
DL – Patrick Johnson, Tulane
DL – Michael Pitts, Cincinnati
DL – Greg Reaves, USF
LB – Perry Young, Cincinnati
LB – Nate Evans, UCF
LB – Shaun Bradley, Temple
LB – Austin Hall, Memphis
DB – TJ Carter, Memphis
DB – Richie Grant, UCF
DB – Mike Hampton, USF
DB – Brandon Moore, UCF

Awards

Offensive POY: QB D’Eriq King, Houston
Defensive POY: DL Patrick Johnson, Tulane
Freshman OTY: DL Cam Goode, UCF
Newcomer OTY: QB Shane Buechele, SMU
Coach OTY: Josh Heupel, UCF
Game OTY: UCF @ Cincinnati (October 4th)
Breakout Player: QB Holton Ahlers, East Carolina


EAST

1. UCF

Top Returning Players: C Jordan Johnson, CB Brandon Moore, S Richie Grant

Notable Players Leaving: QB McKenzie Milton, IDL Trysten Hill, EDGE Titus Davis, CB Rashard Causey

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 23rd
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 22nd

Average Projected Record: 9.0 wins, 3.0 losses (6.1 wins, 1.9 losses)

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2. Cincinnati

Top Returning Players: TE Josiah Deguara, CB Cameron Jefferies, CB Coby Bryant, S James Wiggins, S Darrick Forrest

Notable Players Leaving: WR Kahlil Lewis, IDL Cortez Broughton, IDL Marquise Copeland, EDGE Kimoni Fitz, LB Malik Clements, CB Tyrell Gilbert

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 47th
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 44th

Average Projected Record: 7.2 wins, 4.8 losses (5.1 wins, 2.9 losses)

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3. USF

Top Returning Players: QB Blake Barnett, IDL Kevin Kegler, CB Mike Hampton, EDGE Kirk Livingstone

Notable Players Leaving: EDGE Josh Black

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 96th
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 75th

Average Projected Record: 6.6 wins, 5.4 losses (4.5 wins, 3.5 losses)

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4. Temple

Top Returning Players: QB Anthony Russo, C Matt Hennessy, G Jovahn Fair, IDL Dan Archibong, EDGE Quincy Roche, S Benny Walls

Notable Players Leaving: RB Ryquell Armstead, IDL Michael Dogbe, CB Rock Ya-Sin, S Delvon Randall

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 48th
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 70th

Average Projected Record: 6.9 wins, 5.1 losses (4.1 wins, 3.9 losses)

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5. East Carolina

Top Returning Players: IDL Alex Turner, LB Aaron Ramseur, CB Colby Gore

Notable Players Leaving: EDGE Nate Harvery

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 103rd
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 107th

Average Projected Record: 5.7 wins, 6.3 losses (3.0 wins, 5.0 losses)

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6. UConn

Top Returning Players: IDL Travis Jones, IDL Caleb Thomas

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 130th
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 129th

Average Projected Record: 2.9 wins, 9.1 losses (1.3 wins, 6.7 losses)

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WEST

1. Memphis

Top Returning Players: QB Brady White, RB Patrick Taylor Jr., WR Damonte Coxie, G Dustin Woodard, IDL O’Bryan Goodson, EDGE Joseph Dorceus

Notable Players Leaving: RB Darrell Henderson, RB Tony Pollard, C Drew Kyser, T Trevon Tate, LB Curtis Akins

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 32nd
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 30th

Average Projected Record: 9.1 wins, 2.9 losses (5.8 wins, 2.2 losses)

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2. Houston

Top Returning Players: QB D’Eriq King, RB Patrick Carr, WR Marquez Stevenson, T Jarrid Williams

Notable Players Leaving: IDL Ed Oliver, IDL Jerard Carter, CB Alexander Myres

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 73rd
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 65th

Average Projected Record: 6.6 wins, 5.4 losses (4.6 wins, 3.4 losses)

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3. SMU

Top Returning Players: WR James Proche, EDGE Delontae Scott

Notable Players Leaving: T Chad Pursley, LB Kyran Mitchell

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 92nd
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 82nd

Average Projected Record: 5.8 wins, 6.2 losses (4.0 wins, 4.0 losses)

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4. Tulane

Top Returning Players: RB Darius Bradwell, EDGE Patrick Johnson

Notable Players Leaving: LB Zachery Harris, S Roderic Teamer

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 89th
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 84th

Average Projected Record: 6.0 wins, 6.0 losses (3.9 wins, 4.1 losses)

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5. Tulsa

Top Returning Players: IDL Tyarise Stevenson, EDGE Trevis Gipson

Notable Players Returning: CB McKinley Whitfield

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 102nd
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 98th

Average Projected Record: 4.5 wins, 7.5 losses (2.9 wins, 5.1 losses)

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6. Navy

Top Returning Players: QB Malcolm Perry, C Ford Higgins

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 106th
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 110th

Average Projected Record: 4.3 wins, 7.7 losses (2.6 wins, 5.4 losses)

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2019 AAC Title Game Prediction: UCF 37, Memphis 34