PHILADELPHIA – The American Athletic Conference announced its All-Conference selections today and nine Temple players made the teams. Earning first team honors were OL Dion Dawkins
and DL Haason Reddick
. Second team recognition went to RB Jahad Thomas
, DL Praise Martin-Oguike
, LB Avery Williams
, DB Sean Chandler
and K Aaron Boumerhi
. TE Colin Thompson
and LB Stephaun Marshall
earned honorable mention.
Reddick was a unanimous selection and earned votes for defensive player of the year. The redshirt senior led the nation with an American Athletic Conference record 21.5 tackles for loss and was second in the conference with a team-leading 9.5 sacks. His 57 tackles led the Owls.
Martin-Oguike and Chandler earned second-team All-Conference recognition for the second time. Martin-Oguike, a redshirt senior, also made the team in 2014. This year he notched 41 tackles, 9.5 TFLs, 7.0 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two blocked kicks. He will close out his career among the nation's active career leaders in forced fumbles (11) and blocked kicks (5). Chandler, a junior, earned honors for the second straight season. He played in eight games, missing four with a knee injury, but still finished sixth on the team with 36 tackles as he transitioned for cornerback to safety this season.
Williams and Marshall tied for second on the team, each with 55 tackles, and earned their first all-conference honors. Both redshirt seniors, they provided leadership and solid play as Temple's defense ranked third in the country in total yards allowed (273.4 YPG).
Dawkins was awarded first-team honors after earning second-team recognition a year ago. The senior led the way as Temple produced the only pair of running backs (Thomas and Ryquell Armstead
) to rush for 800 yards and 12 touchdowns each. Thomas, who earned first-team honors a year ago, missed the first two games and shared the load, reducing his carries and yards. He was still a productive end zone resident posting a pair of scores in nine of the 10 games he played, including a team-high six touchdown receptions.
Thompson, a redshirt senior, earned honorable mention due to his powerful blocking at the point of attack. Like Dawkins, he helped free Thomas, Armstead and Co. to rush for 2,297 yards and 29 rushing touchdowns as the Owls scored an average of 32.8 points per game. Thompson added three catches and his first career touchdown.
Boumerhi earned second team honors despite playing just half the season. A freshman walk-on, he saw emergency duty in game six at Memphis when junior Austin Jones
suffered a season-ending knee injury. Boumerhi went on to make nine of his 10 field goal tries including a 47-yarder in his very first game as the primary kicker. In fact, the kicking duo of Boumerhi and Jones was a combined 19-of-22 on field goals and 46-of-47 on PATs for a total of 103 points this season.