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 Blake Bortles UCF QB Jr
2014 Shane Carden[2] East Carolina QB Sr
2015 Keenan Reynolds[3] Navy QB Sr
2016 Quinton Flowers[4] USF QB Jr
2017 McKenzie Milton[5] UCF QB So

Winners by school[edit]

School (First season) Winners Years
UCF (2013) 2 2013, 2017
East Carolina (2014) 1 2014
Navy (2015) 1 2015
USF (2016) 1 2016

Defensive Player of the Year[edit]

The Defensive Player of the Year is awarded to the player voted most-outstanding at a 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 Marcus Smith Louisville DE Sr
2014 Jacoby Glenn[2] UCF CB So
2014 Tank Jakes[2] Memphis LB Sr
2015 Tyler Matakevich[3] Temple LB Sr
2016 Shaquem Griffin[4] UCF LB Jr
2017 Ed Oliver[5] Houston DT So

Winners by school[edit]

School (First season) Winners Years
UCF (2013) 2 2014, 2016
Louisville (2013) 1 2013
Memphis (2013) 1 2014
Temple (2013) 1 2015
Houston (2013) 1 2017

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 Demarcus Ayers Houston RS Fr
2013 Tom Hornsey Memphis P Sr
2014 Jake Elliott[2] Memphis K So
2015 Jake Elliott (2)[3] Memphis K Jr
2016 Tony Pollard[4] Memphis KR Fr
2017 Tony Pollard (2)[5] Memphis KR So

Winners by school[edit]

School (First season) Winners Years
Memphis (2013) 5 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
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 John O'Korn Houston QB
2014 Marlon Mack[2] South Florida RB
2015 Tre'Quan Smith[3] UCF WR
2016 Ed Oliver[4] Houston DT
2017 T.J. Carter[5] Memphis CB

Winners by school[edit]

School (First season) Winners Years
Houston (2013) 2 2013, 2016
Memphis (2013) 1 2017
USF (2013) 1 2014
UCF (2013) 1 2015

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]

Records reflect those at the time of selection, and do not include the conference championship game, the Army–Navy Game (which takes place a week after the conference title game), or bowl games.

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
2013 George O'Leary UCF 10th 11–1
2014 Justin Fuente[2] Memphis 3rd 9–3
2015 Tom Herman[3] Houston 1st 11–1
2015 Ken Niumatalolo[3] Navy 8th 9–2
2016 Ken Niumatalolo (2)[4] Navy 9th 9–2
2017 Scott Frost[5] UCF 2nd 12–0

Winners by school[edit]

School (First season) Winners Years
Navy (2015) 2 2015, 2016
UCF (2013) 2 2013, 2017
Houston (2013) 1 2015
Memphis (2013) 1 2014

Footnotes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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. ^ a b c d e f "2015 Postseason Football Honors" (Press release). American Athletic Conference. December 2, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "American Athletic Conference Announces 2016 Football Honors" (Press release). American Athletic Conference. November 30, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "2017 American Athletic Conference Football Postseason Honors" (Press release). American Athletic Conference. November 29, 2017. 
  6. ^ "ACC votes to add Louisville". 'Sports Illustrated. November 28, 2012. Retrieved December 31, 2013.