Last week, Phil Steele Publications named three Tigers to its preseason All-AAC first team: defensive end Martin Ifedi, running back Brandon Hayes, and kicker Jake Elliott.
Ifedi and Elliott were each first-team selections after the 2013 season.
During the Conference USA era (1996-2012), only three Memphis defensive players earned first-team all-conference honors in consecutive seasons. Who were they?
• Marquis Bowling (DT), 1997-98
• Mike McKenzie (DB), 1997-98
• Wesley Smith (DB), 2003-05