Cincinnati QB Desmond Ridder leads College Football America Yearbook’s 2021 Group of 5 Preseason Starting Lineup

Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder leads the 2021 College Football America Yearbook Group of 5 Preseason Starting Lineup, CFA’s version of a Group of 5 conferences All-America Team.

Ridder led the Bearcats to the American Athletic Conference title and a berth in the Peach Bowl in 2020, where it lost to Georgia. The Bearcats enter the 2021 season considered one of the best Group of 5 teams in the country, and one capable of crashing the College Football Playoff party.

The senior from Cincinnati threw for 2,296 yards with 19 touchdowns and six interceptions, along with 592 yards and 12 TDs on the ground.

Another Bearcat, senior defensive lineman Myjai Sanders, also made the team.

Other Group of 5 selections included UTSA running back Sincere McCormick, Memphis wide receiver Calvin Austin III, Ball State offensive lineman Curtis Blackwell, San Jose State defensive lineman Cade Hall, Troy linebacker Carlton Martial and Coastal Carolina defensive back D’Jordan Strong.

The FBS section of the 2021 College Football America Yearbook features 89 pages of content including:

  • National FBS preview, Dream Team and Group of 5 Starting Lineup;
  • Preview of each FBS conference;
  • Capsules for every FBS team, including 2020 results and 2021 schedules;
  • Color photos throughout, including photos of every FBS stadium.

The Group of 5 team includes players from the Group of 5 Conferences — The American Athletic, Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference, the Mountain West and the Sun Belt Conference. Players from independents that are not Notre Dame are also considered.

The 2021 College Football America Yearbook features more than 900 college football teams from the United States and Canada in more than 250 striking, full-color pages. That includes every team from the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III), NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and U Sports (Canada). It also includes updates on club football, one-year postgraduate prep/sports academies and Mexican college football, along with dozens of action shots and stadium photos taken by the CFA staff.

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2021 College Football America Group of 5 Starting Lineup


Pos., Name, School, Class

QB Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati, SR

RB Sincere McCormick, UTSA, JR

RB Tyler Allgeier, BYU, SO

WR Calvin Austin III, Memphis, JR

WR Romeo Doubs, Nevada, SR

TE Isaiah Likely, Coastal Carolina, SR

OL Curtis Blackwell, Ball State, SR

OL Tyler Smith, Tulsa, SO

OL Derek Smith, Central Michigan, SR

OL Bill Kuduk, Kent State, SR

C Baer Hunter, Appalachian State, SR


Pos., Name, School, Class

DL Cade Hall, San Jose State, SR

DL Durrell Johnson, Liberty, JR

DL Myjai Sanders, Cincinnati, SR

DL Turan Rush, Eastern Michigan, SR

LB Carlton Martial, Troy, JR

LB Tyler Grubbs, Louisiana Tech, FR

LB Darius Muasau, Hawaii, SO

DB Jett Elad, Ohio, SO

DB Jerrick Reed II, New Mexico, Sr.

DB Derrick Canteen, Georgia Southern, SO

DB D’Jordan Strong, Coastal Carolina, SR


Pos., Name, School, Class

PK Jake Oldroyd, BYU, SO

P John Haggerty III, Western Kentucky, SR

KR Chris Smith, Louisiana, SO

PR Marcus Jones, Houston, SR

AP Tyrell Robinson, Army West Point, SO

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