American Athletic Conference football individual awards

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The American Athletic Conference (The American) gives five football awards at the conclusion of every season. The awards were first given in 2013, following the restructuring of the Big East Conference. The awards existed in the same format in the Big East from 1991 to 2012.

The five awards include Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Special Teams Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Coach of the Year. Recipients are selected by the votes of the conference's head coaches.[1]

Offensive Player of the Year[edit]

The Offensive Player of the Year is awarded to the player voted most-outstanding at an offensive position.

Winners[edit]

* Unanimous selection
Co-Player of the Year
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has been selected
Positions key
QB Quarterback RB Running back TE Tight end WR Wide receiver
Class key
Fr Freshman So Sophomore Jr Junior Sr Senior
Season Player School Position Class
2013 Bortles, BlakeBlake Bortles UCF QB Jr
2014 Carden, ShaneShane Carden[2] East Carolina QB Sr


Winners by school[edit]

School (First season) Winners Years
East Carolina (2014) 1 2014
UCF (2013) 1 2013

Defensive Player of the Year[edit]

The Defensive Player of the Year is awarded to the player voted most-outstanding at an defensive position.

Winners[edit]

* Unanimous selection
Co-Player of the Year
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has been selected
Positions key
DE Defensive end DT Defensive tackle LB Linebacker S Safety
Class key
Fr Freshman So Sophomore Jr Junior Sr Senior
Season Player School Position Class
2013 Smith, MarcusMarcus Smith Louisville DE Sr
2014 Glenn, JacobyJacoby Glenn[2] UCF CB So
2014 Jakes, TankTank Jakes[2] Memphis LB Sr

Winners by school[edit]

School (First season) Winners Years
Louisville (2013)[a] 1 2013
Memphis (2013) 1 2014
UCF (2013) 1 2014

Special Teams Player of the Year[edit]

The Special Teams Player of the Year award is given to the player voted best on special teams. The recipient can either be a placekicker, punter, returner, or a position known as a gunner.

Winners[edit]

* Unanimous selection
Co-Player of the Year
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has been selected
Positions key
K Placekicker KR Kick returner P Punter PR Punt returner RS Return specialist
Class key
Fr Freshman So Sophomore Jr Junior Sr Senior
Season Player School Position Class
2013 Ayers, DemarcusDemarcus Ayers Houston RS Fr
2013 Hornsey, TomTom Hornsey Memphis P Sr
2014 Elliott, JakeJake Elliott[2] Memphis K So

Winners by school[edit]

School (First season) Winners Years
Memphis (2013) 2 2013, 2014
Houston (2013) 1 2013

Rookie of the Year[edit]

The Rookie of the Year award is given to the conference's best freshman.

Winners[edit]

* Unanimous selection
Co-Player of the Year
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has been selected
Positions key
DE Defensive end LB Linebacker OT Offensive tackle QB Quarterback
S Safety RB Running back WR Wide receiver TE Tight end
Season Player School Position
2013 O'Korn, JohnJohn O'Korn Houston QB
2014 Marion Mack[2] South Florida RB

Winners by school[edit]

School (First season) Winners Years
Houston (2013) 1 2013
South Florida (2013) 1 2014

Coach of the Year[edit]

George O'Leary won the first award with UCF after an 11–1 regular season in which UCF earned The American's last automatic berth to a BCS bowl game, the first major bowl appearance in school history.[1]

Winners[edit]

George O'Leary, the 2013 winner
* Unanimous selection
Co-Coach of the Year
Coach (X) Denotes the number of times the coach has been selected
Season Coach School Year with school Record Reference
2013 O'Leary, GeorgeGeorge O'Leary UCF 10th 11–1 [1]
2014 Fuente, JustinJustin Fuente Memphis 3rd 9–3 [2]

Winners by school[edit]

School (First season) Winners Years
Memphis (2013) 1 2014
UCF (2013) 1 2013

Footnotes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c American Athletic Conference (December 11, 2013). "American Athletic Conference Announces 2013 Postseason Football Honors". Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "American Athletic Conference Announces 2014 Postseason Football Honors" (Press release). American Athletic Conference. December 10, 2014. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ "ACC votes to add Louisville". 'Sports Illustrated. November 28, 2012. Retrieved December 31, 2013.