In its brief history one of the things I've noticed about football programs in the American Athletic Conference is just how many homegrown prospects make significant impacts.

By my count, there are 125 AAC players who are on teams in the city of their birth. Houston leads the way with 20 players from the city of Houston. South Florida, set to play at UConn tomorrow, has 18 from Tampa, Cincinnati (17), Memphis (16), Tulsa (14) and Temple (13) also feature more than 10 hometown products on their rosters.

We're not talking about marginal prospects either. Anthony Miller of Memphis is second in the conference in receptions and receiving yards, USF's Bruce Hector and Ed Oliver of Houston are two of 11 AAC players with at least nine tackles for loss, Houston's Duke Catalon is 10th in the conference in rushing, Tony Pollard of Memphis is the national leader in yards per kickoff return,  while USF center Cameron Ruff is a candidate for the Rimington Award presented annually to the nation's best center.

Why am I mentioning all of this now? Well, it just so happens to tomorrow is the final game at Rentschler Field for UConn's seniors. While UConn and Navy are the only AAC teams without a player on its roster from the town or city when the university is located, Coventry native Tommy Myers is about as close to a homegrown of a player that the Huskies have ever had.

With that in mind, I compiled a list of the top players by position who grew up less than 20 miles from the university they attend. As you can tell, it's a rather impressive list. City names capitalized are same as where university is located.

OFFENSEQB: Zach Abey, Navy (Pasadena, MD) Leads all FBS quarterbacks with 1202 rushing yards

RB: Duke Catalon, Houston (HOUSTON) 519 rushing yards, 7 TDs

RB: Tony Pollard, Memphis (MEMPHIS)  126 rushing yards, 333 yards on 24 receptions

RB: Sherman Badie, Tulane (Metairie, LA) 303 rushing yards this season, 1,470 career rushing yards

WR: Anthony Miller, Memphis (MEMPHIS) 61 catches for 859 yards and 10 TDs as a senior

WR: James Proche, SMU (DALLAS) 466 yards on 23 receptions

TE: Charles Jones, Tulane (NEW ORLEANS) 8 catches for 55 yards

TE: Chris Myarick, Temple (Elkins Park, PA) 6 catches, 46 yards

TE: Tommy Myers, UConn (Coventry) Used primarily for blocking purposes but has 2 catches for 26 yards

OL: Garrett Campbell, Cincinnati (CINCINNATI) Has started all eight games at left guard this season

OL: Jake Hawk, Navy (Severn, MD) Left tackle has seven starts this season

OL: Corey Dublin, Tulane (NEW ORLEANS) True freshman has started all eight games at left guard

OL: David Niehaus, Cincinnati (CINCINNATI) Center has nine career starts, eight coming in 2017

OL: Marcus Oliver, Houston (HOUSTON) Right guard has 23 career starts

OL: Cameron Ruff, USF (TAMPA) Rimington Award candidate as one of nation's top centers has 21 career starts

DEFENSEDL Dan Archibong, Temple (Springfield, PA) 12 tackles

DL Quinlan Carroll, Tulane (Belle Chasse, LA) 16 tackles, 2.5 TFL

DL: Reggie Chevis, Houston (HOUSTON) 30 tackles, 3 TFL, 0.5s

DL: Kendell Futrell, East Carolina (Winterville, NC) 9 tackles, 1TFL, 1 sack

DL: Mason Gentry, SMU (Plano) 21 tackles, 2 TFL, 2 sacks

DL: Bruce Hector, USF (TAMPA) 23 tackles, 10 TFL 4 sacks

DL: Ed Oliver, Houston (HOUSTON) 49 tackles, 9 TFL, 2.5 sacks

DL Cole Ormsby, UConn (Windsor) 16 tackles, 6 TFL, 6 sacks

DL: Christian Johnson, Memphis (MEMPHIS) 17 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks

DL: Julian Taylor, Temple (Glenside, PA) 20 tackles, 3.5 TFL

LB: Matthew Adams, Houston (Missouri City, TX) 61 tackles, 4.5 TFL

LB: Josh Blake, USF (TAMPA) 12 tackles 3 TFL

LB: Emeke Egbule Houston (Galena Park, TX) 38 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 2 sacks

LB: Isaiah Graham-Mobley, Temple (King of Prussia, PA) 19 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 2 sacks

LB: Zachery Harris, Tulane (NEW ORLEANS) 42 tackles, 1.5 TFL

DB Sean Chandler Temple (Camden NJ) 47 tackles 1 interception, 1.5 TFL

DB: Tyrell Gilbert, Cincinnati (CINCINNATI) 39 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack

DB: Alexander Myres, Houston (HOUSTON) 20 tackles, 1.5 TFL

DB: Parry Nickerson Tulane (Algiers, LA) 39 tackles, 3 interceptions, 2 TFL

DB: Kahlil Williams, Houston (Missouri City, TX) 47 tackles, 8 TFL, 2 sacks

DB: Jarid Ryan, Navy (Glen Burnie, MD) 26 tackles, 0.5 TFL

DB: Mazzi Wilkins USF (TAMPA) 21 tackles, 3 interceptions

SPECIAL TEAMS(Had to expand region past 20 miles to find a kicker and punter)

K: Josh Williams, SMU (Rowlett, TX) 11/15 FG 38-42 PATs 13 touchbacks

P: Jonathan Hernandez, South Florida (Bradenton) 43.6 yard average on 47 punts

Kickoff returner: Tony Pollard, Memphis (MEMPHIS) Leads all FBS players with 41.9 yards per kickoff return

Punt returner: Tajee Fullwood, USF (TAMPA) 14.4 yards on 8 returns