2012 C-USA Football All-Conference Teams

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Dec. 4, 2012

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Conference USA announced its 2012 All-Conference football teams today, as selected by the league's 12 head football coaches. All 12 schools were represented with at least one selection and 10 placed at least one player on the first team. C-USA champion Tulsa produced the most total selections with 10, while East Division champion UCF had the most first team choices with six, followed by the Golden Hurricane with five. The Knights ranked second in total selections with nine, while SMU had seven and East Carolina and Houston each produced six.

Tulsa's 10 selections include five on each side of the ball. Highlighting the first team choices are senior LB DeAundre Brown (125 tackles, 17 TFL's, 9.0 sacks), senior DE Cory Dorris (49 tackles, 6.0 sacks, two blocked kicks) and senior DB Dexter McCoil (85 tackles, four interceptions). Brian DeShane and Jared Grigg, a pair of offensive linemen who are part of a unit that allowed the fewest sacks (nine) in C-USA, also were listed on the first team.

UCF had two first team picks apiece on offense, defense and special teams. Senior RB Latavius Murray (league-best 103.5 yards per game and 14 rushing touchdowns) is joined by senior OL Jordan Rae to represent the offense, while senior FS Kemal Ishmael (team-best 116 tackles, three interceptions) and senior DE Troy Davis (6.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries) are listed on defense. The Knights produced the first team kick returner and punt returner, respectively, in senior Quincy McDuffie (34.2 avg., three touchdown returns) and sophomore J.J. Worton (league-high 24 returns for 264 yards, an 11.0 yard average).

Houston produced four first team selections. Two of the Cougars' honorees were on defense in senior LB Phillip Steward (128 tackles, 19 TFLs, 11 sacks) and senior CB D.J. Hayden (12 pass breakups, four interceptions, two INT returns for TDs in nine games before suffering a season-ending injury). Senior OL Jacolby Ashworth and junior P Richie Leone (league-high 45.5 yard average) were also first team choices.

SMU and Tulane both placed three players on the first team unit. Mustangs senior RB Zach Line earned a place after leading the league in rushing for the third straight season (1,207 yards) and scoring 12 touchdowns, while senior DE Margus Hunt (8.5 TFLs, 6.0 sacks, three blocked kicks) and senior LB Ja'Gared Davis (71 tackles, nine TFLs, three forced fumbles) were listed on the defensive first squad. Green Wave junior K Cairo Santos (21-of-21 on field goal attempts) is a finalist for the Lou Groza Award and is joined by junior WR Ryan Grant (league-best seven 100-yard receiving games, league-high 1,149 yards) and senior LS Billy Johnson.

Marshall, Rice and UAB each had a pair of first team choices. The Thundering Herd is represented by sophomore QB Rakeem Cato (leads the FBS in completions (406) and passing yards (4,201), is tied for second in touchdown passes (37) and is fifth in total offense (4,232) and sophomore WR Tommy Shuler (110 receptions for 1,138 yards and six touchdowns). The Owls list junior DB Phillip Gaines (FBS-leading 18 pass breakups) and senior TE Vance McDonald (35 catches for 433 yards in just nine games). The Blazers feature sophomore RB Darrin Reaves (1,037 yards, 13 TDs) and senior OL Chris Hubbard.

East Carolina sophomore WR Justin Hardy (83 receptions, 1,046 yards, 10 TDs) and Southern Miss senior DL Jamie Collins (league-best 20 tackles for loss, 10 sacks) round out the first team selections.

The league's individual awards will be released Wednesday, December 5. Conference USA will conclude the 2012 season by sending five teams to bowl games.



QB- Rakeem Cato, So., Marshall RB- Zach Line, Sr., SMU RB- Latavius Murray, Sr., UCF RB- Darrin Reaves, So., UAB OL- Jacolby Ashworth, Sr., Houston OL- Brian DeShane, Sr., Tulsa OL- Jared Grigg, Sr., Tulsa OL- Chris Hubbard, Sr., UAB OL- Jordan Rae, Sr., UCF TE- Vance McDonald, Sr., Rice WR- Ryan Grant, Jr., Tulane WR- Justin Hardy, So., East Carolina WR- Tommy Shuler, So., Marshall

DEFENSE DL- Jamie Collins, Sr., Southern Miss DL- Troy Davis, Sr., UCF DL- Cory Dorris, Sr., Tulsa DL- Margus Hunt, Sr., SMU LB- DeAundre Brown, Sr., Tulsa LB- Ja'Gared Davis, Sr., SMU LB- Phillip Steward, Sr., Houston DB- Phillip Gaines, Jr., Rice DB- D.J. Hayden, Sr., Houston DB- Kemal Ishmael, Sr., UCF DB- Dexter McCoil, Sr., Tulsa

SPECIAL TEAMS K- Cairo Santos, Jr., Tulane P- Richie Leone, Jr., Houston KR- Quincy McDuffie, Sr., UCF PR- J.J. Worton, So., UCF LS- Billy Johnson, Gr., Tulane



QB- Blake Bortles, So., UCF
RB- Vintavious Cooper, Jr., East Carolina
RB- Charles Sims, Jr., Houston
OL- Bryan Collins, Sr., SMU
OL- Jordan Devey, Sr., Memphis
OL- Trent Dupy, Sr., Tulsa
OL- Will Simmons, Jr., East Carolina
OL- Torrian Wilson, So., UCF
TE- Gator Hoskins, Jr., Marshall
WR- Aaron Dobson, Sr., Marshall
WR- Keyarris Garrett, So., Tulsa
WR- Darius Johnson, Sr., SMU

DEFENSE DL- Michael Brooks, Sr., East Carolina DL- Johnnie Farms, Jr., Memphis DL- Martin Ifedi, So., Memphis DL- Jared St. John, Sr., Tulsa LB- Marvin Burdette, Sr., UAB LB- Derrell Johnson, Jr., East Carolina LB- Taylor Reed, Sr., SMU DB- Kenneth Acker, Jr., SMU DB- A.J. Bouye, Sr., UCF DB- Dominick LeGrande, Gr., Marshall DB- Marco Nelson, Jr., Tulsa

SPECIAL TEAMS K- Chris Boswell, Jr., Rice P- Ian Campbell, Sr., UTEP KR- Trey Watts, Jr., Tulsa PR- Justin Hardy, So., East Carolina LS- Brandon Hartson, Sr., Houston



QB- Shane Carden, So., East Carolina
QB- Cody Green, Jr., Tulsa
QB- Ryan Griffin, Sr., Tulane
QB- Taylor McHargue, Jr., Rice
RB- Nathan Jeffery, So., UTEP
RB- Alex Singleton, Sr., Tulsa
RB- Trey Watts, Jr., Tulsa
OL- Eloy Atkinson, Sr., UTEP
OL- Drew Carroll, So., Rice
OL- Adhem Elsawi, Jr., East Carolina
OL- Jordan Free, Sr., SMU
OL- Chris Jasperse, So., Marshall
OL- Jordan Jeffries, Jr., Marshall
OL- Eric Jones, Sr., Tulane
OL- Jordan McCray, Jr., UCF
OL- James Nelson, Sr., UTEP
OL- Austin Quattrochi, Sr., Southern Miss
OL- Bryce Redman, So., Houston
OL- Alex Schooler, Jr., Marshall
OL- Jason Weaver, Sr., Southern Miss
OL- Caleb Williams, Fr., Rice
TE- Kennard Backman, So., UAB
TE- Justin Tukes, So., UCF
TE- Craig Wenrick, Jr., UTEP
TE- Luke Willson, Sr., Rice
WR- Mike Edwards, Sr., UTEP
WR- Rannell Hall, So., UCF
WR- Jordan James, Jr., Tulsa
WR- Jeremy Johnson, Jr., SMU
WR- Sam McGuffie, Sr., Rice
WR- Marcus Rucker, Sr., Memphis
WR- Jackie Williams, Jr., UAB
WR- Antavious Wilson, Sr., Marshall

DEFENSE DL- Marcus Bagley, Jr., UTEP DL- Alex Bazzie, Jr., Marshall DL- Cody Bauer, Jr., Rice DL- Christian Covington, Fr., Rice DL- Austen Jacks, Sr., Tulane DL- Derrick Jackson, Sr., Tulsa DL- Horace Miller, Jr., UTEP DL- Lee Pegues, Jr., East Carolina DL- Torlan Pittman, Sr., SMU DL- Terry Redden, So., Memphis DL- Hosam Shahin, Jr., Rice DL- Brandon Sparrow, Jr., Marshall DL- Rakeem Nunez-Roches, So., Southern Miss DL- Julius Warmsley, Jr., Tulane DL- Greg Watkins, Sr., UTEP LB- Anthony Brown, Jr., Memphis LB- Jeremy Grove, So., East Carolina LB- Shawn Jackson, Jr., Tulsa LB- Tank Jakes, So., Memphis LB- Derrick Mathews, So., Houston LB- Cameron Nwosu, Jr., Rice LB- Josh Fely, Sr., UTEP DB- Lonnie Ballentine, Jr., Memphis DB- Jordan Batiste, Fr., Tulane DB- Lorenzo Doss, Fr., Tulane DB- DeShawn Grayson, Sr., UTEP DB- Calvin Jones, Jr., UAB DB- Damon Magazu, Jr., East Carolina DB- Zach McMillian, Jr., Houston DB- Okechukwu Okoroha, Gr., Marshall DB- Paul Porras, Jr., Rice DB- Lowell Rose, Sr., Tulsa DB- Deron Wilson, Sr., Southern Miss DB- Darren Woodard, Sr., UTEP

SPECIAL TEAMS K- Justin Haig, So., Marshall K- Warren Harvey, So., East Carolina K- Matt Hogan, Sr., Houston K- Ty Long, So.., UAB P- Tom Hornsey, Jr.., Memphis P- Mike Loftus, So., SMU P- Hunter Mullins, So., UAB P- Trent Tignor, Jr., East Carolina KR- Autrey Golden, Fr., UTEP KR- Bobby McCain, So., Memphis PR- Mike Edwards, Sr., UTEP LS- Nick Dooley, Fr., UTEP LS- Trevor Gillette, Jr., Rice LS- Taylor Klein, Sr., UAB



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