East Carolina’s Jake Verity made the most field goals among American Athletic Conference football kickers this season, but he was named second-team All-AAC on Wednesday instead of earning the first-team distinction.
Second-team honors also went to ECU defensive end Kendall Futrell, a Winterville native who finished his senior season with 11 sacks and 16 tackles for loss.
Freshman receiver C.J. Johnson and junior offensive tackle D’Ante Smith were honorable mention to give the Pirates their most season-ending league accolades since they had six honorees in 2015.
Verity was 24-of-29 on field goals and 25-for-25 with his extra-point kicks. The American chose Memphis’ Riley Patterson, who made 14-of-16 field goals and 60-of-61 PATs, as its first-team kicker.
Verity set a new school record for single-season field goals made and also owns the school’s career record for most FGs (60-for-77).
Futrell, a 2016 graduate of South Central High School, had five career sacks before a breakout final year that featured him finishing 12th in the country in that regard and fourth in the American in tackles for loss. He posted a career-high eight tackles versus N.C. State in the season opener.
Johnson led ECU in a slew of receiving categories in his rookie campaign, including receiving yards (908) and 100-yard receiving games with four, and he had a record-breaking performance of 283 yards against Cincinnati. Smith started all 12 games at left tackle to help the Pirates average 430.2 yards per game.