SMU OL Jaylon Thomas Lands on Senior Bowl Watch List & College Football America Yearbook’s 2021 American Preseason Starting Lineup

SMU offensive lineman Jaylon Thomas is on both the Reese’s Senior Bowl Watch List and the 2021 College Football America Yearbook Preseason American Athletic Conference Starting Lineup.

Thomas is one of 11 AAC players on the College Football America Yearbook AAC Starting Lineup that also made it onto the Reese’s Senior Bowl Watch List.

In 2020, Thomas earned All-AAC Second Team, a spot on the Dave Campbell’s All-Texas College Second Team and a place on the Outland Trophy Watch List.

The 2021 College Football America Yearbook features eight pages of AAC content, including an overall preview of the conference race, a spotlight piece on a stadium, the AAC Starting Lineup, all team schedules and a half-page devoted to each program.

The College Football America 2021 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.

Only college seniors and fourth-year junior graduates are eligible for the game. Fourth-year junior graduates must have graduated by the December prior to the game to be eligible.

The Senior Bowl will be played on Feb. 5, 2022, in Mobile, Alabama. In the 2021 NFL Draft, 106 Senior Bowl players were drafted, with 36 of them taken in the first three rounds.

2021 College Football America American Athletic Conference Preseason

(Reese’s Senior Bowl Watch List Players in Bold)

Starting Lineup


Pos. Player, School, Class


QB Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati, Sr.

RB Rahjai Harris, East Carolina, Fr.

RB Ulysses Bentley IV, SMU, So.

WR Jaylon Robinson, UCF, Jr.

WR Calvin Austin III, Memphis, Jr.

TE Josh Whyle, Cincinnati, Jr.

OL Jaylon Thomas, SMU, Sr.

OL Tyler Smith, Tulsa, So.

OL Cole Schneider, UCF, Sr.

OL Chris Paul, Tulsa, Sr.

C Matthew Lee, UCF, So.


DL Myjai Sanders, Cincinnati, Sr.

DL Jaxon Player, Tulsa, Sr.

DL Marcus Brown, Cincinnati, Sr.

DL Big Kat Bryant, USF, Sr.

LB Diego Fagot, Navy, Sr.

LB Darrian Beavers, Cincinnati, Sr.

LB Antonio Grier, USF, Sr.

DB Ahmad Gardner, Cincinnati, Jr.

DB Coby Bryant, Cincinnati, Sr.

DB Quindell Johnson, Memphis, So.

DB Cristian Williams, Tulsa, Sr.


PK Zack Long, Tulsa, Sr.

P Ryan Wright, Tulane, Sr.

KR Tre Tucker, Cincinnati, Jr.

PR Tyler Snead, East Carolina, So.

AP Marcus Jones, Houston Sr.

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