UC football team has three preseason All-Americans

CINCINNATI — University of Cincinnati junior linebacker Deshawn Pace, junior center Jake Renfro and senior punt returner/running back Ryan Montgomery were named preseason all-star football players on Friday.

The three players were selected by Phil Steele in the annual season presentation magazine. UC had 17 American Athletic Conference preseason selections.

Pace, a graduate of Colerain High School. was a preseason second-team selection following a 2021 season where he had a team-high 94 tackles and four interceptions en route to an All-American Athletic Conference honorable mention.

Renfro earned preseason third-team honors after anchoring Cincinnati’s 2021 record offense and earning All-AAC first-team honors.

Montgomery, a Franklin High School graduate, earned fourth-team preseason accolades after averaging 11.5 yards per punt to rank second in the AAC and 10th in the nation.

Pace, Renfro and Montgomery joined transfer receiver Nick Mardner (Hawai’i), senior tackle Dylan O’Quinn and senior defensive end Jabari Taylor as Steele’s first-team All-AAC picks as well.

Senior offensive linemen Jeremy Cooper and James Tunstall were joined by junior defensive tackle Jowon Briggs (Walnut Hills) and transfer linebacker Ivan Pace (University of Miami/Colerain), Deshawn’s brother, on the second team of pre-season of all conferences.

Senior tight end Josh Whyle (La Salle), senior guard Lorenz Metz, senior linebacker Wilson Huber and senior defensive back Arquon Bush were named to the preseason third team with the Specialists, sophomore punter Mason Fletcher, junior long snapper Cayson Pfeiffer and senior kick return. Tre Tucker.

Tucker was also named to the preseason fourth team at wide receiver.

UC (13-1 in 2021) opens the season Sept. 3 at Arkansas (kick-off 3:30 p.m. ET). The Bearcats return home to Nippert Stadium to host Kennesaw State at 3:30 p.m. on September 10.

Phil Steele Preseason All-Americans

LB Deshawn Pace (second team)

C Jake Renfro (third team)

PR Ryan Montgomery (fourth team)

Phil Steele’s All-AAC Preseason Team

First team attack

WR Nick Mardner

C Jake Renfro

OT Dylan O’Quinn

First team defense

BY Jabari Taylor

LB Deshawn Pace

First team specialists

PR Ryan Montgomery

Second team attack

OG Jeremy Cooper

OT James Tunstall

Second team defense

DT Jowon Briggs

LB Ivan Pace

Third team attack

TE Josh Whyle

OG Lorenz Metz

Third team defense

LB Wilson Huber

DB Arquon Buisson

Third team specialists

P. Mason Fletcher

KR Tre Tucker

Cayson Pfeiffer

Fourth Team Attack

WR Tre Tucker

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