2016: Willie's Bullies

Athlon Sports: AAC Players to Know for 2016

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USF QB Quinton Flowers hand off to RB Marlon Mack vs Syracuse 2015 HD (3334x2223)
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The popularity and obsession of the big boys in college football – the Power 5 – has continued to rise. But there still are some very elite football players at the second tier of the FBS rankings – the Group of 5. The Group of 5 term refers to players from teams in the Mountain West, Conference USA, MAC, Sun Belt and American Athletic Conference. While the coverage and exposure for teams in these leagues has improved in recent years, plenty of the stars from the Group of 5 conferences fly under the radar each preseason. Who are the names to watch in 2016 as players on the rise in the Group of 5 rankings? Here are five names to know now that spring ball has finished across the nation:

Five AAC Football Players to Know for 2016

Marlon Mack, RB, South Florida
In just two seasons at USF, Mack already ranks second on the school’s career all-time rushing yardage charts. He followed a touted freshman season – 1,041 yards and nine scores – with 1,381 yards and eight touchdowns in 2015. Coach Willie Taggart and the talented tailback have the offensive firepower to bring an AAC crown to Tampa.

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by Lance Dozier | AthlonSports.com

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