From Conference USA’s press release:
Conference USA announced its 2011 Players of the Year today, as selected by the league's 12 head football coaches. C-USA is completing its 16th football campaign by sending five teams to bowl games, including two that are ranked in the top 20.
Defensive recognition went to Marshall senior DE Vinny Curry, who becomes the second Thundering Herd player to win that honor, joining DE Albert McClellan in 2006. A finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award, Curry is second nationally with 21.5 tackles for loss, tied for second nationally with six forced fumbles and tied for fifth with 11 sacks. His 48.0 career tackles for loss is also tops among all active FBS student-athletes, while his 26.5 sacks rank him seventh. The senior captain also has 72 tackles on the season, one fumble recovery, three blocked extra points and one tackle for safety. Curry, who was also selected to the 2012 Senior Bowl, was named Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week following his 4.0 TFL, 3.5 sack performance in the 24-20 homecoming win over Rice on Oct. 15.
See the full press release here.