Oct. 13, 2011
CLEVELAND, Ohio-Marshall Football’s Omar Brown, Vinny Curry, Tyson Gale, Delvin Johnson, Andre Booker and Aaron Dobson were among those selected to Phil Steele’s Midseason All-Conference USA Teams, while Curry was named third-team All-America from his defensive end spot.
Curry, who is second nationally with 13.0 total tackles for loss and tied for fourth with 6.0 total sacks, was named first-team all-league. The redshirt senior captain from Neptune, N.J. is also fourth on the team with 33 tackles and has a pair of forced fumble and blocked extra points as well. Curry gained National Player of the Week honors by the College Football Performance Awards (CollegeFootballPerformance.com) after racking up six tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss and three sacks in the 26-20 victory over Southern Miss.
Brown was also named to the first team at safety. He has been all over the field for the Herd, as his 66 total tackles ties him for sixth nationally. The senior captain from Moncks Corner, S.C. also boasts 3.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, two interceptions and two pass breakups.
Gale, a second-team honoree, has made 45 tackles from his linebacker spot this season, good enough for second-highest on the squad. The Alva, Okla. native also has an interception and a pass breakup. He was named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week after he notched seven tackles, a tackle for loss and an interception in Marshall’s 17-13 win at Big East foe Louisville.
Johnson (Woodruff, S.C.) has been a stalwart on the interior of Marshall’s defensive line this season, gaining him second-team honors. He has amassed 20 tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss and a half sack. He also has a pass breakup and a fumble recovery to his credit as well.
Booker (Sarasota, Fla.) was named to the third team at punt returner. He has returned three kicks for an average of 26.7 yards, which includes an 87-yard touchdown return in the season opener at West Virginia.
Dobson (Dunbar, W.Va.), a wide receiver, joined Booker on the third team. He leads the team in catches (24), receiving yards (305) and touchdowns (4).
Marshall (2-4 overall, 1-1 C-USA) hosts Rice (2-3, 1-1) Saturday on Homecoming at 3 p.m. ET.