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December 11, 2013

Three Tigers Named to American Athletic Conference First Team

The University of Memphis had three players named to the inaugural American Athletic Conference all-league teams announced on Wednesday. The teams were selected by a vote of the conference's head coaches.



Named to The American's first team from the University of Memphis were punter Tom Hornsey, a finalist for the Ray Guy Award, junior defensive end Martin Ifedi and freshman placekicker Jake Elliott. Hornsey was also named co-American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Year along with Houston's freshman return specialist Demarcus Ayers.



Hornsey averaged 45.2 yards per punt to lead the conference his senior season. He placed 29 of his 62 punts inside opponents' 20-yard line (.468) while having only four punts find the end zone for touchbacks. Hornsey was part of a punting unit which posted a 41.02 net punting average which ranked fourth in the country.



Hornsey is attending The Home Depot College Football Awards at Walt Disney World Resort in Buena Vista, Fla., this week. ESPN will broadcast the awards Thursday night at 6 p.m. Central.



Ifedi was named to the final watch list and placed on the ballot for the Ted Hendricks Award, annually presented to the nation's top defensive end. He finished his junior season with 52 total tackles including 14.5 tackles for loss (-73 yards) and 11.5 quarterback sacks (-62 yards).



Ifeid ranked sixth nationally in quarterback sacks, averaging 1.0 per game. His 11.5 quarterback sacks during the season ranks second all-time at Memphis.



Elliott tied a Memphis freshman record by booting 16 field goals. The rookie made his first 11 field goal attempts including a 5-for-5 performance at Houston. He was 16-for-18 for the year and ranked second in the conference with an 88.9 field goal percentage. Among his field goals was a school record 56-yarder which tied for the longest in the nation this season.



Elliott was also 24-for-24 on point after tries and finished the season with a team-high 72 points.



2013 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FOOTBALL AWARDS



AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Blake Bortles, QB, UCF (Jr., Oveido, Fla.)



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. Ht. Wt. Hometown/Last School

WR Deontay Greenberry Houston So. 6-3 198 Fresno, Calif./Washington Union

WR DeVante Parker Louisville Jr. 6-3 209 Louisville, Ky./Ballard

OT Eric Lefeld * Cincinnati Jr. 6-6 309 Coldwater, Ohio/Coldwater

OT Jamon Brown Louisville Jr. 6-6 350 Fern Creek, Ky./Fern Creek

OG Jordan McCray UCF Sr. 6-3 310 Miami, Fla./Southridge

OG Justin McCray UCF Sr. 6-3 310 Miami, Fla./Southridge

C Jake Smith Louisville Jr. 6-4 312 Jacksonville, Ala./Jacksonville

TE Blake Annen Cincinnati Sr. 6-5 250 Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington

TE Tyler Kroft Rutgers So. 6-6 240 Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East

QB Blake Bortles UCF Jr. 6-4 230 Oveido, Fla./Oveido

RB Storm Johnson UCF Jr. 6-0 215 Loganville, Ga./Miami (Fla.)

RB Paul James Rutgers So. 6-0 210 Glassboro, N.J./Glassboro

K Jake Elliott Memphis Fr. 5-10 160 Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township

RS Ralph David Abernathy IV Cincinnati Jr. 5-7 161 Atlanta, Ga./Westminster School

RS Demarcus Ayers Houston Fr. 5-10 173 Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster



DEFENSE

Pos. Player School Cl. Ht. Wt. Hometown/Last School

DL Jordan Stepp Cincinnati Sr. 6-1 285 Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis

DL Marcus Smith Louisville Sr. 6-3 252 Columbus, Ga./Hardaway

DL Martin Ifedi Memphis Jr. 6-3 265 Houston, Texas/Westside

DL Aaron Lynch USF So. 6-6 244 Cape Coral, Fla./Notre Dame

LB Terrance Plummer UCF Jr. 6-1 234 Orange Park, Fla./Orange Park

LB Yawin Smallwood UConn Jr. 6-4 236 Worcester, Mass./Doherty

LB Tyler Matakevich Temple So. 6-1 230 Stratford, Conn./Milford Academy

CB Jacoby Glenn UCF Fr. 6-0 176 Prichard, Ala./Vigor

CB Charles Gaines Louisville So. 5-11 174 Miami, Fla./Central

S Calvin Pryor Louisville Jr. 6-2 208 Port St. Joe, Fla./Port St. Joe

S Hakeem Smith Louisville Sr. 6-2 179 Jonesboro, Ga./Riverdale

P Tom Hornsey Memphis Sr. 6-3 210 Geelong, Victoria, Australia/St. Joseph's College



* unanimous selection



ALL-CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Pos. Player School Cl. Ht. Wt. Hometown/Last School

WR Anthony McClung Cincinnati Sr. 6-0 177 Indianapolis, Ind./Pike

WR J.J. Worton UCF Jr. 6-2 211 Homestead, Fla./South Dade

WR Jeremy Johnson SMU Sr. 6-0 179 Tyler, Texas/John Tyler

OT Chris Martin UCF Sr. 6-5 303 Fort Walton Beach, Fla./Choctawhatchee

OT DeAnthony Sims Houston Sr. 6-3 320 Houston, Texas/Westbury

OG Sam Longo Cincinnati Sr. 6-5 305 Spring Valley, Ohio/Ohio State

OG John Miller Louisville Jr. 6-2 321 Miami, Fla./Central

C Betim Bujari Rutgers Jr. 6-4 295 Secaucus, N.J./Secaucus

TE Mike McFarland USF Jr. 6-5 244 Tampa, Fla./Florida

QB Teddy Bridgewater Louisville Jr. 6-3 205 Miami, Fla./Northwestern

RB William Stanback UCF Fr. 5-11 205 Hempstead, N.Y./Uniondale

RB Marcus Shaw USF Sr. 5-9 178 Arcadia, Fla./De Soto

K Shawn Moffitt UCF Jr. 5-11 178 Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips

RS Janarion Grant Rutgers Fr. 5-11 170 Trilby, Fla./Pasco



DEFENSE

Pos. Player School Cl. Ht. Wt. Hometown/Last School

DL Silverberry Mouhon Cincinnati So. 6-4 248 Norcross, Ga./Norcross

DL Shamar Stephen UConn Sr. 6-5 313 Brookville, N.Y./Long Island Lutheran

DL Lorenzo Mauldin Louisville Jr. 6-4 243 Atlanta, Ga./Maynard Jackson

DL Luke Sager USF Sr. 6-3 275 Niceville, Fla./Niceville

LB Greg Blair Cincinnati Sr. 6-2 252 Pittsburgh, Pa./Lackawanna CC

LB Preston Brown Louisville Sr. 6-2 260 Cincinnati, Ohio/Northwest

LB DeDe Lattimore USF Sr. 6-1 237 Athens, Ga./Cedar Shoals

CB Deven Drane Cincinnati Sr. 5-11 187 Plantation, Fla./Plantation

CB Zach McMillian Houston Sr. 5-10 178 Missouri City, Texas/Dulles

CB Kenneth Acker SMU Sr. 6-0 195 Portland, Ore./Grant

S Clayton Geathers UCF Jr. 6-2 207 Georgetown, S.C./Carver's Bay

S Trevon Stewart Houston So. 5-9 192 Patterson, La./Patterson

P Richie Leone Houston Sr. 6-3 215 Roswell, Ga./Roswell


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