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The 2021 College Football All-Sun Belt Team

Boone, North Carolina, USA; Appalachian State Mountaineers linebacker Nick Hampton (31) catches Coastal Carolina Chanticleers quarterback Grayson McCall (10) and sacks him during the second half at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The 2021 college football regular season has officially come to a close, and now it’s time to recognize the top players across the country with PFF’s all-conference teams and conference players of the year.

With the help of PFF grades and advanced statistics — which are now available to PFF’s CFB Premium Stats+ Subscribers — we present to you the 2021 Sun Belt Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year and All-Sun Belt teams.

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GROUP OF FIVE: AAC | C-USA | MAC | Mountain West


SUN BELT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

OT MAX MITCHELL, LOUISIANA RAGIN’ CAJUNS

Over the years, Louisiana’s offensive line has consistently found itself atop the national ranks, and Max Mitchell has produced better than any lineman the Ragin’ Cajuns have fielded in the PFF College era.

Mitchell closed out the 2021 regular season with an FBS-leading 95.1 PFF grade, as the 6-foot-6, 297-pound tackle allowed only nine pressures across 12 games while racking up the third-most big-time run blocks.

SUN BELT DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

CB DARRELL LUTER JR., SOUTH ALABAMA JAGUARS

Luter missed the final two outings due to injury, but we won’t let that take away from what he did in the 10 games he started. Luter was tested with 45 targets in coverage but allowed a 26.7% catch rate and actually came up with more combined interceptions and pass breakups (14) than catches allowed (12).

The South Alabama corner even earned a 97.8 PFF grade in single coverage this year, the highest mark in the country by more than five grading points.

FIRST-TEAM ALL-SUN BELT

QB Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina
RB Shemari Jones, Coastal Carolina
RB Camerun Peoples, App State
WR Jalen Tolbert, South Alabama
WR Jaivon Heiligh, Coastal Carolina
WR Corey Sutton, App State
TE Isaiah Likely, Coastal Carolina
LT Dalton Cooper, Texas State
LG AJ Gillie, Louisiana
C Baer Hunter, App State
RG O'Cyrus Torrence, Louisiana
RT Max Mitchell, Louisiana

DI Thomas Gore, Georgia State
DI Dontae Wilson, Georgia State
ED Kivon Bennett, Ark State
ED Nick Hampton, App State
LB D'Marco Jackson, App State
LB Carlton Martial, Troy
CB Darrell Luter Jr., South Alabama
CB D'Jordan Strong, Coastal Carolina
S Percy Butler, Louisiana
S Enock Makonzo, Coastal Carolina
FLEX D Kam Pedescleaux, Louisiana

K Chandler Station, App State
P Jack Brooks, South Alabama
KR Alan Lamar, Ark State
PR Johnnie Lang Jr., Ark State

SECOND-TEAM ALL-SUN BELT

QB Chase Brice, App State
RB Reese White, Coastal Carolina
RB Emani Bailey, Louisiana
WR Thomaas Hennigan, App State
WR Malik Williams, App State
WR Boogie Knight, UL-Monroe
TE Roger Carter, Georgia State
LT Ken Marks, Louisiana
LG Shamarious Gilmore, Georgia State
C Malik Sumter, Georgia State
RG Kyle Hergel, Texas State
RT Cooper Hodges, App State

DI C.J. Wright, Georgia Southern
DI C.J. Brewer, Coastal Carolina
ED Javon Solomon, Troy
ED Joe Ozougwu, Ark State
LB T.D. Roof, App State
LB Silas Kelly, Coastal Carolina
CB Reddy Steward, Troy
CB Shaun Jolly, App State
S Chris Moore, Georgia State
S Dell Pettus, Troy
FLEX D Mekhi Garner, Louisiana

K Seth Keller, Texas State
P Ryan Hanson, Ark State
KR Jalen Virgil, App State
PR Jaivon Heiligh, Coastal Carolina

THIRD-TEAM ALL-SUN BELT

QB Jake Bentley, South Alabama
RB Jamyest Williams, Georgia State
RB Tucker Gregg, Georgia State
WR Tez Johnson, Troy
WR Te'Vailance Hunt, Ark State
WR Marcell Barbee, Texas State
TE Neal Johnson, Louisiana
LT Austin Stidham, Troy
LG Willie Lampkin, Coastal Carolina
C Shane Vallot, Louisiana
RG Jake Andrews, Troy
RT Russell Baker, Texas State

DI Will Choloh, Troy
DI Zi'Yon Hill, Louisiana
ED Jeffrey Gunter, Coastal Carolina
ED Chauncey Manac, Louisiana
LB Jacorey Crawford, Georgia State
LB Jayden McDonald, Troy
CB Eric Garror, Louisiana
CB Quavian White, Georgia State
S Kyle Nixon, Troy
S Kaiden Smith, App State
FLEX D Trey Amos, Louisiana

K Blake Grupe, Ark State
P Michael Hayes, Georgia State
KR Donnovan Moorer, Texas State
PR Malik Williams, App State

HONORABLE MENTION

QB Levi Lewis, Louisiana
RB Nate Noel, App State
RB Montrell Johnson, Louisiana
WR Trevis Graham Jr., Texas State
WR Dahu Green, Ark State
WR Jamari Thrash, Georgia State
TE Lincoln Sefcik, South Alabama
LT Andre Harris Jr., Ark State
LG Aaron Dowdell, Georgia Southern
C Dylan Bradshaw, Troy
RG Isaiah Helms, App State
RT Liam Dobson, Texas State

DI Tayland Humphrey, Louisiana
DI Caleb Thomas, UL-Monroe
ED Demetrius Taylor, App State
ED Ty Shelby, UL-Monroe
LB Jamal Brooks, South Alabama
LB Jontrey Hunter, Georgia State
CB Leon Jones, Ark State
CB Josh Newton, UL-Monroe
S TJ Harris, Troy
S Elery Alexander, Ark State
FX Steven Jones Jr., App State

K Calum Sutherland, UL-Monroe
P Rhys Byrns, Louisiana
KR Khaleb Hood, Georgia Southern
PR Eric Garror, Louisiana


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GROUP OF FIVE: AAC | C-USA | MAC | Mountain West

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