Phil Steele's 2015 Preseason All-Americans and All-Conference teams have been announced and, while Cincinnati didn't get any love on the All-American teams, the Bearcats did lead the American Athletic Conference with 13 selections to the All-AAC teams with quarterback Gunner Kiel, wide receiver Mekale McKay, offensive lineman Parker Ehinger and defensive lineman Silverberry Mouhon named to the Preseason All-AAC First Team.
Six Bearcats were named to the Preseason All-AAC Second Team with wide receivers Chris Moore and Shaq Washington headlining the bunch. Defensive back Zach Edwards, kicker Andrew Gantz and kick returner Johnny Holton were also named to the Second Team. Washington was also named the Second Team punt returner, pushing the Bearcats to 13 total selections.
It is pretty clear that Cincinnati possesses an unprecedented set of weapons at receiver in the AAC, considering they had their top three named to the first two teams, but the acclaim could have been even greater according to BearcatJournal.com.
This shouldn't come as a huge surprise because, frankly, it is a little odd to have arguably the best three receivers in the conference at the same school. Preseason awards are just as much about acknowledging all the players to watch throughout the upcoming season and sharing that acknowledgement makes some sense.
The Bearcats also are represented on the list by offensive lineman Justin Murray on the Third Team. Running back Mike Boone and linebacker Leviticus Payne each made the Preseason All-AAC Fourth Team.
Houston, East Carolina, Memphis and Tulsa each had 12 selections. Temple had 11. East Carolina led the Preseason All-AAC selections with seven players named to the First Team.