Southern Miss lands three on All-Conference USA First Team

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Conference USA announced its 2017 All-Conference football teams today, as selected by the league’s 14 head football coaches. Twelve of the 14 schools placed at least one player on the first team, with C-USA Champion Florida Atlantic producing a league-high seven selections, followed by Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Old Dominion and Southern Miss with three apiece. Florida Atlantic and Marshall each had the most combined first and second-team members with eight, followed by Louisiana Tech and Southern Miss with six.

Florida Atlantic’s seven first-team selections include four from the league’s top scoring offense and three from defense. Highlighting the Owls players are sophomore RB Devin “Motor” Singletary (1,796 rushing yards, nation-leading and C-USA-record-tying 29 rushing and 303 total touchdowns) and three of the offensive linemen that have paved the way for Singletary in junior Reggie Bain and seniors Roman Fernandez and Antonyo Woods. FAU is the first school in C-USA history to have three offensive linemen earn first team honors in the same season,

The three honorees produced by Louisiana Tech include a pair of defensive standouts in junior DE Jaylon Ferguson (38 tackles, six sacks and 10 quarterback hurries) and senior DB Secdrick Cooper (63 tackles and two interceptions), along with graduate student snapper Cameron Linck.

A pair of skill position standouts and a special teams star comprise the Marshall All-Conference choices. Senior TE Ryan Yurachek (47 receptions and a league-leading nine TDs among tight ends) and impact newcomer junior WR Tyre Brady (56 catches for 777 yards and six scores) are joined by senior P Kaare Vedvik (league-high 44.4 average with 23 punts inside the 20-yard line) make up the Thundering Herd’s selections.

Two of Old Dominion’s three first teamers are found on the Monarchs special teams units. Junior KR Isaiah Harper leads C-USA and ranks eighth nationally with a 29.1 yard kickoff return average with three touchdowns, while sophomore PR Darrell Brown has a league-high 8.4 yard average per punt return. Junior DL Oshane Ximines (tied for second in C-USA with 8.5 sacks) also earned a spot.

Southern Miss saw a pair of skill position stars and its placekicker earn spots on the squad. Senior RB Ito Smith (1,730 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns), junior WR Korey Robertson (league-highs of 1,070 receiving yards and 11 TD catches) and senior K Parker Shaunfield (17-of-20 field goals and 41-of-42 on PATs for 92 points) encompass the Golden Eagles honorees.

Rice and WKU both placed two members of their teams on the all-league first team list. Owls senior DE Brian Womac (league-highs of 10 sacks and 22 tackles for loss) and senior LB Emmanuel Ellerbee (120 tackles, second-most in C-USA)are listed along with Hilltoppers senior OL Brandon Ray and junior LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe (104 tackles, 9 TFL’s).

FIU, North Texas, UAB, UTEP and UTSA each produced one first team selection. FIU is represented by senior WR Thomas Owens, who had a league-best average of 98.6 yards per game with 887 yards and six touchdowns in nine games. North Texas has the league’s first team quarterback in sophomore Mason Fine (294-of-457 for 3,749 and a school-record 28 touchdown passes). UAB lists DB Darious Williams (49 tackles, five interceptions and a league-high 15 pass breakups) and UTEP lists 2016 All-American and 2017 Midseason All-American senior OL Will Hernandez. UTSA placed senior DE Marcus Davenport (55 tackles with 8.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss – both second in the league) on the first team unit.

Marshall had the most second-team designations with five, while FIU had four and Louisiana Tech, North Texas and Southern Miss all produced five.

The league’s individual awards will be released Wednesday, December 6. Conference USA will conclude the 2017 season by sending a league-record ninie teams to bowl games.

2017 C-USA FOOTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE
QB – Mason Fine, So., North Texas
RB – Devin Singletary, So., Florida Atlantic
RB – Ito Smith, Sr., Southern Miss
OL – Reggie Bain, R-Jr., Florida Atlantic
OL – Roman Fernandez, R-Sr., Florida Atlantic
OL – Antonyo Woods, Sr., Florida Atlantic
OL – Will Hernandez, Sr., UTEP
OL – Brandon Ray, R-Sr., WKU
TE – Ryan Yurachek, Sr., Marshall
WR – Thomas Owens, Sr., FIU
WR – Tyre Brady, R-Jr., Marshall
WR – Korey Robertson, Jr., Southern Miss

DEFENSE
DL – Jaylon Ferguson, Jr., Louisiana Tech
DL – Oshane Ximines, Jr., Old Dominion
DL – Brian Womac, Sr., Rice
DL – Marcus Davenport, Sr., UTSA
LB – Azeez Al-Shaair, Jr., Florida Atlantic
LB – Emmanuel Ellerbee, Sr., Rice
LB – Joel Iyiegbuniwe, Jr., WKU
DB – Jalen Young, Jr., Florida Atlantic
DB – Shelton Lewis, Jr., Florida Atlantic
DB – Secdrick Cooper, Sr., Louisiana Tech
DB – Darious Williams, R-Jr., UAB

SPECIAL TEAMS
K – Parker Shaunfield, Jr., Southern Miss
P – Kaare Vedvik, R-Sr., Marshall
KR – Isaiah Harper, Jr., Old Dominion
PR – Darrell Brown, So., Old Dominion
LS – Cameron Linck, GS, Louisiana Tech

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE
QB – Mike White, Gr-Sr., WKU
RB – Jeffery Wilson, Sr., North Texas
RB – Spencer Brown, Fr., UAB
OL – Jordan Budwig, Sr., FIU
OL – O’Shea Dugas, Jr., Louisiana Tech
OL – Levi Brown, R-So., Marshall
OL – Devin Farrior, Sr., Southern Miss
OL – Chris Schleuger, R-Sr., UAB
TE – Harrison Bryant, So., Florida Atlantic
WR – Teddy Veal, R-Jr., Louisiana Tech
WR – Ty Lee, So., Middle Tennessee
WR – Jalen Guyton, R-So., North Texas

DEFENSE
DL – Fermin Silva, Jr., FIU
DL – Ryan Bee, Sr., Marshall
DL – Xavier Thigpen, Sr., Southern Miss
DL – Kevin Strong Jr, Jr., UTSA
LB – Anthony Wint, Sr., FIU
LB – Chase Hancock, R-Jr., Marshall
LB – Khalil Brooks, R-So., Middle Tennessee
DB – Brad Muhammad, Sr., FIU
DB – Amik Robertson, Fr., Louisiana Tech
DB – Malik Gant, R-So., Marshall
DB – Curtis Mikell, Sr., Southern Miss

SPECIAL TEAMS
K – Trevor Moore, Sr., North Texas
P – Jack Fox, Jr., Rice
KR – Keion Davis, R-Jr., Marshall
PR – Austin Trammell, Fr., Rice
LS – Matt Bayliss, Sr. UTSA

HONORABLE MENTION

OFFENSE
QB – Alex McGough, Sr., FIU
QB – Jason Driskel, R-Jr., Florida Atlantic
QB – Brent Stockstill, Jr., Middle Tennessee
QB – A.J. Erdely, R-Jr., UAB
RB – Alex Gardner, Sr., FIU
RB – Gregory Howell Jr., Sr., Florida Atlantic
RB – Jarred Craft, Sr., Louisiana Tech
RB – Boston Scott, R-Sr., Louisiana Tech
RB – Ray Lawry, Sr., Old Dominion
OL – Nate Davis, R-Jr., Charlotte
OL – Eugene German, R-Sr., Charlotte
OL – Joshua Outlaw, R-Sr., Louisiana Tech
OL – Ethan Reed, R-So., Louisiana Tech
OL – Robert Behanan, R-Jr., Middle Tennessee
OL – Chandler Brewer, Jr., Middle Tennessee
OL – T.J. Henson, Sr., North Texas
OL – Sosaia Mose, R-So., North Texas
OL – Jordan Murray, Jr., North Texas
OL – Elex Woodworth, R-So., North Texas
OL – Nick Clarke, Jr., Old Dominion
OL – Isaac Weaver, R-Fr., Old Dominion
OL – Calvin Anderson, Jr., Rice
OL – Trey Martin, Sr., Rice
OL – Drake Dorbeck, So., Southern Miss
OL – Arvin Fletcher, Fr., Southern Miss
OL – James Davis, R-Jr., UAB
TE – Pharoah McKever, Sr., FIU
TE – Kam McKnight, R-Jr., Louisiana Tech
TE – Deon Yelder, R-Sr., WKU
WR – Rashid Bonnette, R-So., Louisiana Tech
WR – Marcel Williams, Jr., Marshall
WR – Michael Lawrence, So., North Texas
WR – Austin Walter, Jr., Rice
WR – Allenzae Staggers, Sr., Southern Miss
WR – Andre Wilson, R-Jr., UAB
WR – Nacarius Fant, Sr., WKU
WR – Lucky Jackson, R-So., WKU

DEFENSE
DL – Steven Leggett, Jr., Florida Atlantic
DL – Leighton McCarthy, R-Fr., Florida Atlantic
DL – Hunter Snyder, R-Jr., Florida Atlantic
DL – Jeremiah Taleni, GS, Florida Atlantic
DL – Jordan Bradford, Jr., Louisiana Tech
DL – Deldrick, Canty, Sr., Louisiana Tech
DL – Walter Brady, R-Jr., Middle Tennessee
DL – Roderick Young, Jr., North Texas
DL – Miles Fox, Jr., Old Dominion
DL – Bunmi Rotimi, Sr., Old Dominion
DL – Roe Wilkins, So., Rice
DL – Rod Crayton, Sr., Southern Miss
DL – LaDarius Harris, Jr., Southern Miss
DL – Draper Riley, Sr., Southern Miss
DL- Garrett Marino, R-So., UAB
DL – Teko Powell, R-Sr., UAB
DL – Chris Johnson, Sr., WKU
LB – Juwan Foggie, R-Jr., Charlotte
LB – Jeff Gemmell, R-So., Charlotte
LB – Treyvon Williams, Sr., FIU
LB – Russell Farris, Sr., Louisiana Tech
LB – Dae’Von Washington, R-Jr., Louisiana Tech
LB – DJ Sanders, Sr., Middle Tennessee
LB – E.J. Ejiya, Sr., North Texas
LB – Paxton Schrimsher, R-So., Southern Miss
LB – Tevin Crews, R-Sr., UAB
LB – Shaq Jones, R-Sr., UAB
LB – Julian Jackson, Sr., UTEP
LB – Alvin Jones, Sr., UTEP
LB – La’Kel Bass, Sr., UTSA
DB – Ben DeLuca, So., Charlotte
DB – Bryce Canady, Sr., FIU
DB – Andrew Soroh, R-Jr., Florida Atlantic
DB – Chris Tooley, So., Florida Atlantic
DB – Chris Jackson, So., Marshall
DB – Reed Blankenship, Fr., Middle Tennessee
DB – Jovante Moffatt, Jr., Middle Tennessee
DB –Kishawn McClain, Sr., North Texas
DB – Brandon Addison, Sr., Old Dominion
DB – Cornell Armstrong, Sr., Southern Miss
DB – Tarvarius Moore, Sr., Southern Miss
DB – Broderick Thomas, R-Jr., UAB
DB – Kalon Beverly, Jr., UTEP
DB – Devin Cockrell, Sr., UTEP
DB – Nik Needham, Jr., UTEP
DB – Nate Gaines, Sr., UTSA
DB – Joe Brown, Sr., WKU
DB – DeAndre Farris, R-Jr., WKU
DB – Drell Greene, Jr., WKU

SPECIAL TEAMS
K – Jose Borregales, R-Fr., FIU
K – Greg Joseph, Sr., Florida Atlantic
K – Jonathan Barnes, Sr., Louisiana Tech
K – Canon Rooker, Sr., Middle Tennessee
K – Jared Sackett, Fr., UTSA
P – Arthur Hart, Sr., Charlotte
P – Alan Luna, Sr., UTEP
P – Jake Collins, Jr., WKU
KR – Chris Montgomery, Sr., Charlotte
KR – Kerrith Whyte, So., Florida Atlantic
KR – Kylen Towner, R-Sr., WKU
LS – J.R. Clancy, So., Florida Atlantic
LS – Matt Beardall, So., Marshall
LS – Reed Buce, Sr., Old Dominion
LS – Jake Sammut, Jr., UTEP
LS – Ben Reeder, Fr., WKU