Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Marshall Football: C-USA Announces Preseason Awards

Voted on by the leagues football coaches, Conference USA announced its preseason all conference teams, players of the year, and predicted order of finish in both divisions earlier today.

Marshall’s Rakeem Cato, C-USA’s reigning MVP, was named the league’s preseason offensive player of the year and first team quarterback. Last season Cato lead the nation in passing, throwing for 4,201 yards and 37 touchdowns. Tight end Gator Hoskins and wide receiver Tommy Shuler joined Cato as first team selections on offense.

Marshall did not garner any selections on defense but, Tyler Williams was selected as the first team punter.

The Thundering Herd was picked to finish second in the East division behind ECU. Last year’s Western division champion Tulsa was selected to finish first again in 2013.


Offensive Player of the Year
Rakeem Cato, Jr., QB, Marshall

Defensive Player of the Year
Phillip Gaines, Sr., DB, Rice

Special Teams Player of the Year
Cairo Santos, Sr., K, Tulane

First Team Offense
QB          Rakeem Cato, Jr., Marshall
RB           Vintavious Cooper, Sr., East Carolina
RB           Darrin Reaves, Jr., UAB
OL           Jake Alexander, Jr., Tulsa
OL           Stetson Burnett, Sr., Tulsa
OL           Scott Inskeep, Jr., UTSA
OL           Nate Richards, Sr., Rice
OL           Matt Shepperd, Jr., Louisiana Tech
OL           Will Simmons, Sr., East Carolina
WR          Justin Hardy, Jr., East Carolina
WR          Ryan Grant, Sr., Tulane
WR          Tommy Shuler, Jr., Marshall
TE           Gator Hoskins, Sr., Marshall

First Team Defense
DL           Christian Covington, So., Rice
DL           Justin Ellis, Sr., Louisiana Tech
DL           Greg Hickman, Sr., FIU
DL           Rakeem Nunez-Roches, DL, Southern Miss
LB           Shawn Jackson, Sr., Tulsa
LB           Derrell Johnson, Sr., East Carolina
LB           Andre Kirk, Jr., Florida Atlantic
DB           Kevin Byard, So., Middle Tennessee
DB           Lorenzo Doss, So., Tulane
DB           Phillip Gaines, Sr., Rice
DB           Marco Nelson, Sr., Tulsa

First Team Special Teams
K             Cairo Santos, Sr., Tulane
P             Tyler Williams, So., Marshall
KR           Reggie Whatley, Jr., Middle Tennessee
PR           Trey Watts, Sr., Tulsa


EAST DIVISION            
1. East Carolina
2. Marshall
3. Middle Tennessee
4. UAB                   
5. Southern Miss   
6. Florida Atlantic 
7. FIU                     

1. Tulsa
2. Rice                   
3. Louisiana Tech  
4. UTEP                  
5. North Texas              
6. Tulane                       

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