Nine Bearcats Named to All-American Athletic Conference Teams
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Dec. 11, 2013

American Release

Nine University of Cincinnati football student-athletes were named All-American Athletic Conference for the 2013 season, the league office announced Wednesday.

Sophomore OT Eric Lefeld (Coldwater, Ohio/Coldwater), senior TE Blake Annen (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington), junior RB/RS Ralph David Abernathy IV (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster School) and senior DL Jordan Stepp (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central) were named to the first team while senior LB Greg Blair (Pittsburgh, Pa./Schenley/Lackawanna CC), senior CB Deven Drane (Plantation, Fla./Plantation), senior OG Sam Longo (Spring Valley, Ohio/Bellbrook/Ohio State), senior WR Anthony McClung (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) and sophomore DL Silverberry Mouhon (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) were second-team honorees.

Lefeld, who is the only unanimous all-conference pick this year, and Blair were both first-team honorees in 2012 and are the only UC players to be repeat as all-conference recipients.

Lefeld and Longo anchored an offensive line unit that led the American in rushing offense with over 168 yards per game while surrendering only 12 sacks, a mark that was top in the AAC and was tied for 11th nationally in 2013.

Annen aided the offensive line in the league’s best running game but also added a threat in the passing game. The senior reeled in 15 catches for 177 yards and two touchdowns, which are all career highs.

Abernathy IV was one of the most feared returners in the league which resulted in many opponents kicking away from the speedy return specialist. The junior returned a total of 16 kicks for an average of 21.94 yards.

Stepp was second on the team and tied for sixth in the American with six sacks. He also finished fifth on the team in tackles with 43, eight of which were for a loss, and had one fumble recovery. The senior tallied a career high nine tackles versus Louisville.

McClung led the Bearcats in receiving and was fifth in the conference with 908 yards on 68 receptions, including five touchdowns. The wide out pulled in 6.2 receptions per game and tallied seven games of 90 or more receiving yards.

Mouhon tied for third in the American and finished Top-20 in the NCAA FBS with 9.5 sacks. He recorded 37 total tackles while forcing two fumbles and seven quarterback hurries. The sophomore garnered a sack in seven of UC’s games.

Blair led UC in tackles and tied for ninth in the AAC with 96 tackles. He accumulated 6.5 tackles for loss while adding five quarterback hurries, three pass breakups, one sack, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble. The senior had nine games with five or more tackles and four double-digit tackle games, including 18 stops versus Louisville.

Drane intercepted a team-high three passes and defended a total of eight passes. He generated 24 tackles on the season and accumulated 85 return yards on his three picks for an average of 28.3.

Cincinnati (9-3, 6-2 AAC) will close out the 2013 season against North Carolina (6-6, 4-4 ACC) in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 28 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. The game will kick off at 3:20 p.m. ET, be televised by ESPN and broadcast on radio by 700 WLW AM.

Tickets are on sale now at CATSTIX.com, start at $50 and are available at four pricing levels: club seats ($100), lower sideline ($85), lower endzone ($75) and upper level ($50). All handling and shipping fees are included.

Tickets are available for purchase by all fans, including UCATS members, students and the general public. Seating assignments will be determined by UCATS tier level and then priority points within the tier level. Fans are strongly encouraged to order tickets online to avoid long wait times on the phone or in person at the Athletics Ticket Office.

All individuals who buy or donate tickets through UC will receive two (2) tickets to a future American Athletic Conference men's basketball game.

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville (Sr., Columbus, Ga.)
 
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Demarcus Ayers, RS, Houston (Fr., Lancaster, Texas)
Tom Hornsey, P, Memphis (Sr., Geelong, Victoria, Australia)
 
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
John O'Korn, QB, Houston (Fr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
 
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE COACH OF THE YEAR
George O'Leary, UCF
 

ALL-CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

Pos.

Player

School

Cl.

Hometown/Last School

WR

Deontay Greenberry

Houston

So.

Fresno, Calif./Washington Union

WR

DeVante Parker

Louisville

Jr.

Louisville, Ky./Ballard

OT

Eric Lefeld *

Cincinnati

Jr.

Coldwater, Ohio/Coldwater

OT

Jamon Brown

Louisville

Jr.

Fern Creek, Ky./Fern Creek

OG

Jordan McCray

UCF

Sr.

Miami, Fla./Southridge

OG

Justin McCray

UCF

Sr.

Miami, Fla./Southridge

C

Jake Smith

Louisville

Jr.

Jacksonville, Ala./Jacksonville

TE

Blake Annen

Cincinnati

Sr.

Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington

TE

Tyler Kroft

Rutgers

So.

Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East

QB

Blake Bortles

UCF

Jr.

Oveido, Fla./Oveido

RB

Storm Johnson

UCF

Jr.

Loganville, Ga./Miami (Fla.)

RB

Paul James

Rutgers

So.

Glassboro, N.J./Glassboro

K

Jake Elliott

Memphis

Fr.

Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township

RS

Ralph David Abernathy IV

Cincinnati

Jr.

Atlanta, Ga./Westminster School

RS

Demarcus Ayers

Houston

Fr.

Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster

DEFENSE

Pos.

Player

School

Cl.

Hometown/Last School

DL

Jordan Stepp

Cincinnati

Sr.

Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis

DL

Marcus Smith

Louisville

Sr.

Columbus, Ga./Hardaway

DL

Martin Ifedi

Memphis

Jr.

Houston, Texas/Westside

DL

Aaron Lynch

USF

So.

Cape Coral, Fla./Notre Dame

LB

Terrance Plummer

UCF

Jr.

Orange Park, Fla./Orange Park

LB

Yawin Smallwood

UConn

Jr.

Worcester, Mass./Doherty

LB

Tyler Matakevich

Temple

So.

Stratford, Conn./Milford Academy

CB

Jacoby Glenn

UCF

Fr.

Prichard, Ala./Vigor

CB

Charles Gaines

Louisville

So.

Miami, Fla./Central

S

Calvin Pryor

Louisville

Jr.

Port St. Joe, Fla./Port St. Joe

S

Hakeem Smith

Louisville

Sr.

Jonesboro, Ga./Riverdale

P

Tom Hornsey

Memphis

Sr.

Geelong, Victoria, Australia/St. Joseph's College

 * unanimous selection

                                                                                                           

ALL-CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Pos.

Player

School

Cl.

Hometown/Last School

WR

Anthony McClung

Cincinnati

Sr.

Indianapolis, Ind./Pike

WR

J.J. Worton

UCF

Jr.

Homestead, Fla./South Dade

WR

Jeremy Johnson

SMU

Sr.

Tyler, Texas/John Tyler

OT

Chris Martin

UCF

Sr.

Fort Walton Beach, Fla./Choctawhatchee

OT

DeAnthony Sims

Houston

Sr.

Houston, Texas/Westbury

OG

Sam Longo

Cincinnati

Sr.

Spring Valley, Ohio/Ohio State

OG

John Miller

Louisville

Jr.

Miami, Fla./Central

C

Betim Bujari

Rutgers

Jr.

Secaucus, N.J./Secaucus

TE

Mike McFarland

USF

Jr.

Tampa, Fla./Florida

QB

Teddy Bridgewater

Louisville

Jr.

Miami, Fla./Northwestern

RB

William Stanback

UCF

Fr.

Hempstead, N.Y./Uniondale

RB

Marcus Shaw

USF

Sr.

Arcadia, Fla./De Soto

K

Shawn Moffitt

UCF

Jr.

Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips

RS

Janarion Grant

Rutgers

Fr.

Trilby, Fla./Pasco

DEFENSE

Pos.

Player

School

Cl.

Hometown/Last School

DL

Silverberry Mouhon

Cincinnati

So.

Norcross, Ga./Norcross

DL

Shamar Stephen

UConn

Sr.

Brookville, N.Y./Long Island Lutheran

DL

Lorenzo Mauldin

Louisville

Jr.

Atlanta, Ga./Maynard Jackson

DL

Luke Sager

USF

Sr.

Niceville, Fla./Niceville

LB

Greg Blair

Cincinnati

Sr.

Pittsburgh, Pa./Lackawanna CC

LB

Preston Brown

Louisville

Sr.

Cincinnati, Ohio/Northwest

LB

DeDe Lattimore

USF

Sr.

Athens, Ga./Cedar Shoals

CB

Deven Drane

Cincinnati

Sr.

Plantation, Fla./Plantation

CB

Zach McMillian

Houston

Sr.

Missouri City, Texas/Dulles

CB

Kenneth Acker

SMU

Sr.

Portland, Ore./Grant

S

Clayton Geathers

UCF

Jr.

Georgetown, S.C./Carver's Bay

S

Trevon Stewart

Houston

So.

Patterson, La./Patterson

P

Richie Leone

Houston

Sr.

Roswell, Ga./Roswell