Cincinnati Football: Dontay Corleone named to the AP Preseason All-American First Team

Cincinnati Bearcats sophomore defensive tackle Dontay Corleone during Big 12 Media Day at AT&T Stadium.
Cincinnati Bearcats sophomore defensive tackle Dontay Corleone during Big 12 Media Day at AT&T Stadium. /
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Cincinnati native and Bearcats defensive tackle Dontay Corleone was named to the Associated Press Preseason All-American First Team today!

Following a spectacular freshman season, Corleone also picked up Walter Camp Preseason All-American First Team honors in recent months.

Scott Satterfield’s coaching staff looks to continue building momentum entering the Big 12 and Corleone will be a significant part to the success.

With a determined and experienced defensive front in place, Corleone and company are hoping to make noise in the inaugural Big 12 campaign.

Cincinnati Football: Dontay Corleone named to the AP Preseason All-American First Team

Corleone compiled 45 total tackles and three sacks last year, highlighted by a career-high 11 tackles in a 20-10 win over Navy in November.

Heading into the season opener next month, Corleone was placed on a pair of preseason watch lists including the Nagurski and Outland Trophy.

Moving to the Big 12 will certainly come with plenty of obstacles but Corleone is expected to bring stability to the Bearcats defensive unit.

The Cincinnati product developed into a dominant force during his freshman season en route to receiving All-AAC First Team recognition.

Cincinnati Football: Bearcats defensive tackle Dontay Corleone receives preseason recognition

Corleone was included among PFF College’s top defensive tackles prior to the 2024 NFL Draft alongside several other notable prospects.

Other players that are projected to start on the defensive line along with Corleone include Jowon Briggs, Malik Vann and Justin Wodtly.

Stay tuned for the most recent preseason coverage as the Bearcats continue to prepare for the season opener against Eastern Kentucky.

The defense has been a formidable unit in recent seasons but they will face new obstacles in a conference that is known for elite offenses.

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