C-USA Announces Football Coaches All-Conference Teams
Dec. 5, 2006
Conference USA announced its 2006 Coaches All-Conference football teams today, as selected by the 12 head football coaches. Each school was represented with at least four selections, with C-USA Champion Houston producing a league-high 12 total selections, followed by Tulsa with 11 and East Division Champion Southern Miss with 10 players on the squad.
Headlining Houston's all-conference players is senior QB Kevin Kolb. Kolb leads the league and ranks 12th in the nation in passing this season and is UH's all-time leader in passing yards. He is joined on the first team by Cougar senior offensive lineman Sterling Doty, senior linebacker Wade Koehl and senior defensive back Will Gulley.
Tulsa's 11 all-league members include four first team choices. Offensive lineman Jeff Perrett is joined by defensive lineman Robert Latu, linebacker Nick Bunting and defensive back Bobby Blackshire on the first unit.
Southern Miss produced a pair of first team offensive lineman in seniors George Batiste and Travis Cooley. That duo help paved the way for true freshman RB Damion Fletcher, who set new school and conference records for rushing yards by a freshman with 1,335.
UTEP produced nine members on the All-Conference squads, while East Carolina had eight and Rice, SMU and UAB each had six players earn recognition on the teams. Three members of the UTEP special teams earned first team honors, as kicker Reagan Schneider is joined by kick returner Johnnie Lee Higgins and long snapper Aaron King. East Carolina's honorees included offensive lineman Eric Graham, wide receiver Aundrae Allison and kick returner Chris Johnson, all named to the second team. Rice's choices were led by record-setting sophomore wide receiver Jarett Dillard, SMU's included first team defensive lineman Justin Rogers and UAB's were topped by defensive lineman Larry McSwain.
Marshall joined Houston, Southern Miss and Tulsa in garnering four first team choices, led by junior RB Ahmad Bradshaw, the league's leader in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. The Thundering Herd had five total selections. Memphis, Tulane and UCF all four had four total choices. Memphis' picks were led by first team punter Michael Gibson, Tulane listed second team defensive back Israel Route and punter Chris Beckman, while UCF had first team punt returner Joe Burnett and second team running back Kevin Smith.
C-USA will announce the coaches selections for Offensive, Defensive, and Special Teams Players of the Year, as well as the Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year on Wednesday.
Five Conference USA teams will play in bowl games this holiday season. Houston will face South Carolina in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Southern Miss takes on Ohio in the GMAC Bowl, Tulsa tackles Utah in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, East Carolina battles South Florida in the Papajohns.com Bowl and Rice takes on Troy in the R+ L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.
2006 C-USA FOOTBALL COACHES ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
Quarterback - Kevin Kolb, Sr., Houston Running Back- Ahmad Bradshaw, Jr., Marshall Running Back- Damion Fletcher, Fr., Southern Miss Offensive Lineman- George Batiste, Sr., Southern Miss Offensive Lineman- Sterling Doty, Sr., Houston Offensive Lineman- Travis Cooley, Sr., Southern Miss Offensive Lineman- Doug Legursky, Jr., Marshall Offensive Lineman- Jeff Perrett, Sr., Tulsa Tight End- Shawn Nelson, So., Southern Miss Wide Receiver- Jarett Dillard, So., Rice Wide Receiver- Johnnie Lee Higgins, Sr., UTEP Wide Receiver- Mike Walker, Sr., UCF
Defensive Lineman- Robert Latu, Sr., Tulsa Defensive Lineman- Albert McClellan, So., Marshall Defensive Lineman- Larry McSwain, Sr., UAB Defensive Lineman- Justin Rogers, Sr., SMU Linebacker- Nick Bunting, Sr., Tulsa Linebacker- Troy Collavo, Sr., UTEP Linebacker - Wade Koehl, Sr., Houston Defensive Back- Bobby Blackshire, Sr., Tulsa Defensive Back- Quintin Demps, Jr., UTEP Defensive Back- Will Gulley, Sr., Houston Defensive Back- Curtis Keyes, Sr., Marshall
Placekicker- Reagan Schneider, Sr., UTEP Punter- Michael Gibson, Sr., Memphis Kick Returner- Johnnie Lee Higgins, Sr., UTEP Punt Returner- Joe Burnett, So., UCF Long Snapper- Aaron King, Sr., UTEP
Quarterback - Paul Smith, Jr., Tulsa Running Back- Anthony Alridge, Jr., Houston Running Back- Kevin Smith, So., UCF Offensive Lineman- Jeff Akeroyd, Jr., Houston Offensive Lineman- Aaron Dannenhauer, Sr., Tulsa Offensive Lineman- Eric Graham, Sr., East Carolina Offensive Lineman- Jon Hameister-Ries, Sr., Tulsa Offensive Lineman- Julius Wilson, Sr., UAB Tight End- Ryan Kennedy, Sr., SMU Wide Receiver- Aundrae Allison, Sr., East Carolina Wide Receiver- Vincent Marshall, Sr., Houston Wide Receiver- Idris Moss, Sr., Tulsa
Defensive Lineman- Courtney Gordon, Sr., Rice Defensive Lineman- Adrian Haywood, Sr., SMU Defensive Lineman- Marquay Love, Sr., Houston Defensive Lineman- Martavius Prince, Jr., Southern Miss Linebacker- Nelson Coleman, Jr., Tulsa Linebacker - Orlandus King, Sr., UAB Linebacker- Brian Raines, So., Rice Defensive Back- Willie Gaston, Sr., Houston Defensive Back- Nick Graham, Sr., Tulsa Defensive Back- Israel Route, Sr., Tulane Defensive Back- Joe Sturdivant, Sr., SMU
Placekicker- Darren McCaleb, Sr., Southern Miss Punter- Chris Beckman, Sr., Tulane Kick Returner- Chris Johnson, Jr., East Carolina Punt Returner- Johnnie Lee Higgins, Sr., UTEP Long Snapper- Mike Buscemi, Sr., UCF
Quarterback - Jordan Palmer, Sr., UTEP Running Back- Jackie Battle, Sr., Houston Running Back- Matt Forte, Jr., Tulane Running Back- Quinton Smith, Sr., Rice Offensive Lineman- Blake Butler, Sr., Memphis Offensive Lineman- Chris Clark, Jr., Southern Miss Offensive Lineman- Josh Coffman, Sr., East Carolina Offensive Lineman- Brandon Pearce, So., Memphis Offensive Lineman- Robby Heos, Jr., Rice Tight End- Davon Drew, So., East Carolina Wide Receiver- Donnie Avery, Sr., Houston Wide Receiver- Bobby Chase, Sr., SMU Wide Receiver- Damarcus Davis, Sr., Tulane
Defensive Lineman- Marcus Hands, Jr., East Carolina Defensive Lineman- Robert Henderson, Jr., Southern Miss Defensive Lineman- Phillip Hunt, So., Houston Defensive Lineman- Alex Obomese, Sr., UTEP Linebacker- Reggie Carrington, Sr., SMU Linebacker- Chris Chamberlain, So., Tulsa Linebacker- Quentin Cotton, So., East Carolina Linebacker- Joe Henderson, So., UAB Defensive Back- Will Dunbar, Jr., UAB Defensive Back- Caleb Hendrix, Sr., Southern Miss Defensive Back- Brandon Sumrall, Jr., Southern Miss Defensive Back- Brandon McDonald, Sr., Memphis
Placekicker- Robert Lee, Sr., East Carolina Punter- Ryan Dougherty, Sr., East Carolina Kick Returner- Marculus Elliott, Sr., UAB Punt Returner- Emmanuel Spann, So., Marshall Long Snapper- Drew Clardy, Sr., Rice
Quarterback- James Pinkney, Sr., East Carolina Quarterback- Chase Clement, So., Rice Quarterback- Justin Willis, Fr., SMU Quarterback- Lester Ricard, Sr., Tulane Running Back- Brandon Fractious, Sr., East Carolina Running Back- Joseph Doss, Jr., Memphis Running Back- Tarrion Adams, So., Tulsa Running Back- Courtney Tennial, Jr., Tulsa Running Back- Dan Burks, Sr., UAB Running Back- Corey White, Sr., UAB Offensive Lineman- Dustin Dickinson, Jr., Houston Offensive Lineman- Lute Barber, Jr., Rice Offensive Lineman- Austin Wilkinson, So., Rice Offensive Lineman- Kenard Burley, Jr., SMU Offensive Lineman- Ben Poynter, Jr., SMU Offensive Lineman- Ryan McKee, So., Southern Miss Offensive Lineman- Donald Madlock, Sr., Tulane Offensive Lineman- Michael Parenton, So., Tulane Offensive Lineman- Derek Rogers, Sr., Tulane Offensive Lineman- Patrick Brown, So., UCF Offensive Lineman- Kyle Smith, Jr., UCF Offensive Lineman- Robby Felix, So., UTEP Offensive Lineman- Tyler Ribitski, So., UTEP Tight Ends- Mark Hafner, So., Houston Tight Ends- Cody Slate, Fr., Marshall Tight Ends- Jerome Landry, Sr., Tulane Tight Ends- LaDarrius Stanley, Sr., UAB Wide Receivers- Phillip Henry, Jr., East Carolina Wide Receivers- Jeron Harvey, Jr., Houston Wide Receivers- Duke Calhoun, Fr., Memphis Wide Receivers- Ryan Scott, Sr., Memphis Wide Receivers- Joel Armstrong, Jr., Rice Wide Receivers- Tommy Henderson, So., Rice Wide Receivers- Emmanuel Sanders, Fr., SMU Wide Receivers- Preston Brown, Sr., Tulane Wide Receivers- Jeremy Williams, Fr., Tulane Wide Receivers- Ryan Bugg, Sr., Tulsa Wide Receivers- Rocky Ross, So., UCF Wide Receivers- Daniel Robinson, Sr., UTEP Defensive Lineman- Mark Robinson, Jr., East Carolina Defensive Lineman- Zach Slate, So., East Carolina Defensive Lineman- Greg Terrell, Fr., Memphis Defensive Lineman- George Chukwu, Jr., Rice Defensive Lineman- DeJuan Cooper, Sr., Rice Defensive Lineman- Will Wood, Sr., Rice Defensive Lineman- Brandon Bonds, Sr., SMU Defensive Lineman- Cory Muse, Jr., SMU Defensive Lineman- Matthew Chatelain, Sr., Southern Miss Defensive Lineman- Antonio Harris, Jr., Tulane Defensive Lineman- Frank Morton, Jr., Tulane Defensive Lineman- Moton Hopkins, So., Tulsa Defensive Lineman- Terrel Nemons, So., Tulsa Defensive Lineman- Jermaine McElveen, Sr., UAB Defensive Lineman- Leger Douzable, Jr., UCF Defensive Lineman- Chris Welsh, Sr., UCF Defensive Lineman- Justin Hanel, Sr., UTEP Defensive Lineman- Zach West, Sr., UTEP Linebacker- Pierre Bell, So., East Carolina Linebacker - Van Eskridge, Fr., East Carolina Linebacker - Fred Wilson, Jr., East Carolina Linebacker - Trent Allen, Jr., Houston Linebacker - Matt Couch, Jr., Marshall Linebacker - Josh Johnson, So., Marshall Linebacker - Marcus Rucker, Sr., Rice Linebacker - Wilton McCray, Jr., SMU Linebacker - Gerald McRath, Fr., Southern Miss Linebacker - Evan Lee, So., Tulane Linebacker - Joe Goosby, Jr., Tulane Linebacker - Alain Karatepeyan, Jr., Tulsa Linebacker - Mastaki Smith, Sr., UAB Defensive Back - Jamar Flournoy, Sr., East Carolina Defensive Back - Pierre Parker, Sr., East Carolina Defensive Back - Kasey Ross, Sr., East Carolina Defensive Back - Travis Williams, Jr., East Carolina Defensive Back - Kenneth Fontenette, So., Houston Defensive Back - Andray Downs, Sr., Rice Defensive Back - Brandon King, So., Rice Defensive Back - Ja'Corey Shepherd, So., Rice Defensive Back - Chad Price, Sr., Rice Defensive Back - Jasper Faulk, Sr., Southern Miss Defensive Back - David Skehan, Jr., Tulane Defensive Back - Sha'Reff Rashad, Jr., UCF Defensive Back - Josh Ferguson, Jr., UTEP Defensive Back - Joe Fleskoski, Sr., UTEP Defensive Back - Bryant Tisdale, Sr., UTEP Kicker - Ben Bell, So., Houston Kicker- Clark Fangmeier, Fr., Rice Kicker-Jarod Tracy, Jr., Tulsa Punter-Jared Scruggs, Sr., Rice Punter-Thomas Morstead, So., SMU Kick Returner- Anthony Alridge, Jr., Houston Kick Returner- Michael Grandberry, So., Memphis Kick Returner- Jessie Henderson, So., SMU Punt Returner- Brandon McDonald, Sr., Memphis Punt Returner- Blake Warren, Sr., SMU Punt Returner- Jasper Faulk, Sr., Southern Miss Long Snapper- Wilson Raynor, So., East Carolina Long Snapper- Rusty Clayton, Sr., Memphis Long Snapper- Jackson Taylor, So., SMU Long Snapper- Stephen Daigle, Sr., Southern Miss Long Snapper- Craig Gelhardt, So., Tulane Long Snapper- John Warren, So., Tulsa