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Football Earns Four All-Conference USA First Team Selections

Dec. 8, 2009


IRVING, Texas – Conference USA announced its 2009 All-Conference football teams today, as selected by the league’s 12 head football coaches.  Eleven schools were represented with at least one overall selection, with conference champion East Carolina producing the most first team (seven) and total selections (12).  Marshall and UCF had the second-highest number of first team selections (four), while Houston had the second-most overall selections (eight).

The Pirates first team selections include four starters on their defense.  Defensive lineman Linval Joseph (57 tackles, 12.5 TFL’s) and C.J. Wilson (56 tackles, 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles) are joined by defensive backs Emanuel Davis (64 tackles, 13 pass breakups) and Van Eskridge (93 tackles, six interceptions).  Offensive lineman Sean Allen and punter Matt Dodge (league-high 45.8 avg.) earned first team honors, while junior Dwayne Harris was named first team as a wide receiver (79 receptions, 914 yards, six TDs) and second team as a kick returner (27.4 avg., C-USA-record three kickoff returns for touchdowns).

Marshall’s four first team selections include a pair of special teams performers in kicker Craig Ratanamorn (a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award) and long snapper Sean McClellan, along with tight end Cody Slate (50 receptions, 607 yards) and linebacker Mario Harvey (105 tackles, five sacks).

Three members of UCF’s league-leading defense earned spots on the squad.  Included are defensive lineman Bruce Miller and Jarvis Geathers who rank among the top 10 in the nation in sacks with 12 and 11, respectively.  Linebacker Cory Hogue (team-high 99 tackles, 11.5 TFL’s) is also a first team selection, along with offensive lineman Jah Reid.

Houston’s eight all-conference selections are led by three record-setting first team performers.  Quarterback Case Keenum has set Conference USA single-season records for pass attempts (659) and completions (468), throwing for 5,449 yards (fourth-highest total in FBS history) and 43 touchdowns with just nine interceptions.  Wide receiver James Cleveland had a C-USA single-game record 19 receptions in the conference championship game, giving him 101 for the season, good for 1,182 yards and a league-high 14 touchdowns.  Kick returner Tyron Carrier leads the league with a 27.5 average and has set a new league single-season record with three returns for TDs.

SMU and UTEP each filled three first team spots.  Two of the Mustangs spots are held by Emmanuel Sanders, who gained first team recognition as a wide receiver (91 receptions for 1,215 yards) and a punt returner (C-USA-best 15.4 avg. with one return for a TD).  UTEP’s selections include running back Donald Buckram, who ran for a UTEP single-season record 1,594 yards and scored a league-high 21 touchdowns.  SMU also placed linebacker Chase Kennemer on first team, while UTEP had offensive lineman Mike Aguayo and defensive back Da’mon Cromartie-Smith earn spots.

Southern Miss had a pair of first team choices, while Memphis and UAB each had one.  The Golden Eagles first teamers included offensive lineman Ryan Hebert and defensive back Eddie Hicks (60 tackles, five interceptions).  Memphis placed running back Curtis Steele (1,239 yards and 15 touchdowns in 10 games) on the team, while UAB is represented by offensive lineman Jake Seitz, who helped pave the way for quarterback Joe Webb’s record-breaking campaign.

The league’s individual awards will be released on Wednesday, December 9.  Conference USA will conclude the 2009 season by sending six teams to bowl games for the fourth time in five seasons.


QB- Case Keenum, Jr., Houston
RB- Curtis Steele, Sr., Memphis
RB- Donald Buckram, Jr., UTEP
OL- Sean Allen, Sr., East Carolina
OL- Ryan Hebert, Sr., Southern Miss
OL- Jake Seitz, Sr., UAB
OL- Jah Reid, Jr., UCF
OL- Mike Aguayo, Jr., UTEP
TE- Cody Slate, Sr., Marshall
WR- Dwayne Harris, Jr., East Carolina
WR- James Cleveland, Jr., Houston
WR- Emmanuel Sanders, Sr., SMU

DL- Linval Joseph, Jr., East Carolina
DL- C.J. Wilson, Sr., East Carolina
DL- Jarvis Geathers, Sr., UCF
DL- Bruce Miller, Jr., UCF
LB- Mario Harvey, Sr., Marshall
LB- Chase Kennemer, Sr., SMU
LB- Cory Hogue, Sr., UCF
DB- Emmanuel Davis, So., East Carolina
DB- Van Eskridge, Sr., East Carolina
DB- Eddie Hicks, Sr., Southern Miss
DB- Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith, Sr., UTEP

K- Craig Ratanamorn, Sr., Marshall
P- Matt Dodge, Sr., East Carolina
KR- Tyron Carrier, So., Houston
PR- Emmanuel Sanders, Sr., SMU
LS- Sean McClellan, Sr., Marshall

QB- Joe Webb, Sr., UAB
RB- Darius Marshall, Jr., Marshall
RB- Damion Fletcher, Sr., Southern Miss
OL- Terence Campbell, Sr., East Carolina
OL- Jarve Dean, Jr., Houston
OL- Daniel Baldridge, Sr., Marshall
OL- Scott Mitchell, Jr., Rice
OL- Kelvin Beachum, So., SMU
TE- Leroy Banks, Sr., Southern Miss
WR-Patrick Edwards, So., Houston
WR- Duke Calhoun, Sr., Memphis
WR- DeAndre Brown, So., Southern Miss
WR- Damaris Johnson, So., Tulsa

DL- Tyrell Graham, Sr., Houston
DL- Albert McClellan, Sr., Marshall
DL- Scott Solomon, Jr., Rice
DL- Torrell Troup, Sr., UCF
LB- Nick Johnson, Sr., East Carolina
LB- Marcus McGraw, So., Houston
LB- Korey Williams, So., Southern Miss
DB- Brandon Brinkley, Sr., Houston
DB- James Lockett, Sr., Tulsa
DB- Hiram Atwater, Jr., UAB
DB- Josh Robinson, Fr., UCF

K- Ben Hartman, Sr., East Carolina
P- Matt Reagan, Sr., Memphis
KR- Dwayne Harris, Jr., East Carolina
PR- Damaris Johnson, So., Tulsa
LS- Cody Tawater, Sr., Southern Miss

(received at least one vote)
QB- Brett Hodges, Sr., UCF
QB- Trevor Vittatoe, Jr., UTEP
RB- Dominique Lindsay, Sr., ECU
RB- Shawnbrey McNeal, Jr., SMU
RB- Andre Anderson, Sr., Tulane
RB- Charles Clay, Jr., Tulsa
RB- Brynn Harvey, So., UCF
OL- D.J. Scott, Jr., ECU
OL- Willie Smith, Jr., ECU
OL- Carl Barnett, Sr., Houston
OL- Chris Thompson, So., Houston
OL- Chad Schofield, Jr., Marshall
OL- Dominik Riley, Jr., Memphis
OL- Davon Allen, So., Rice
OL- Jake Hicks, So., Rice
OL- J.T. Brooks, So., SMU
OL- Josh LeRibeus, So., SMU
OL- Kyle Burkhart, Sr., Southern Miss
OL- Cameron Zipp, Jr., Southern Miss
OL- Nick Landry, Sr., Tulane
OL- Andrew Nierman, Jr., Tulane
OL- Matt McCants, So., UAB
OL- Tanner Cullumber, Jr., UTEP
OL- Rod Huntley, Jr., UTEP
OL- Alex Solot, Jr., UTEP
OL- Cameron Rashcke, Sr., UTEP
TE- Lee Smith, Jr., Marshall
TE- Charles Clay, Jr., Tulsa
TE- Jeffrey Anderson, Jr., UAB
WR- Tyron Carrier, So., Houston
WR- Carlos Singleton, Sr., Memphis
WR- Gerald Baptiste, Sr., Southern Miss
WR- Jeremy Williams, Sr., Tulane
WR- Jeff Moturi, Sr., UTEP

DL- Scotty Robinson, Sr., East Carolina
DL- Jay Ross, Sr., East Carolina
DL- Vinny Curry, Jr., Marshall
DL- Michael Janac, Jr., Marshall

DL- Cheta Ozougwu, Jr., Rice
DL- Marquis Frazier, Jr., SMU
DL- Margus Hunt, Fr., SMU
DL- Taylor Thompson, So., SMU
DL- Terrance Conner, Sr., Southern Miss
DL- Anthony Gray, Jr., Southern Miss
DL- Cordarro Law, So., Southern Miss
DL- Adam Kwentua, Jr., Tulane
DL- Cory Dorris, Fr., Tulsa
DL- Wilson Garrison, Sr., Tulsa
DL- Bryant Turner, Jr., UAB
DL- Steve Riddick, Sr., UTEP
DL- Aaron King, Sr., UTEP
DL- Robert Soleyjacks, Jr., UTEP
LB- Jeremy Chambliss, Sr., East Carolina
LB- Youri Yenga, Jr., SMU
LB- Pete Fleps, Jr., SMU
LB- Ronnie Thornton, So., Southern Miss
LB- Travis Burks, Sr., Tulane
LB- Mike Bryan, Sr., Tulsa
LB- Derrick Hallman, Jr., UCF
LB- Lawrence Young, Jr., UCF
DB- Levin Neal, Sr., East Carolina
DB- Travis Simmons, Jr., East Carolina
DB- DeQuan Bembry, So., Marshall
DB- Ashton Hall, Sr., Marshall
DB- Travis Bradshaw, So., Rice
DB- Andrew Sendejo, Sr., Rice
DB- Rock Dennis, Sr., SMU
DB- Bryan McCann, Sr., SMU
DB- C.J. Bailey, Jr., Southern Miss
DB- Chinonso Echebelm, Sr., Tulane
DB- Cornelius Brown, Sr., UTEP
DB- Braxton Amy, Jr., UTEP
DB- Clarence Ward, Sr., UTEP

K- Matt Reagan, Sr., Memphis
K- Matt Syzmanski, Jr., SMU
K- Kevin Fitzpatrick, So., Tulsa
P- Michael Such, Jr., Tulsa
P- Greg Hiett, Sr., UTEP
KR- Bryce McCann, Sr., SMU
KR- Freddie Parham, Sr., Southern Miss
KR- Damaris Johnson, So., Tulsa
PR- Tracy Lampley, Fr., Southern Miss
PR- Jeff Moturi, Sr., UTEP
LS- William Smith, So., East Carolina
LS- Keenan Bratcher, Jr., Memphis
LS- Charley Hughlett, So., UCF



QB- Kyle Padron, SMU
RB- Charles Sims, Houston
RB- Charles Ross, Rice
OL- Jamie McCoy, Memphis
OL- Zack Morgan, Tulane
OL- Trent Dupy, Tulsa
OL- Chris Hubbard, UAB
OL- Theo Goins, UCF
TE- Vance McDonald, Rice
WR- Antavious Wilson, Marshall
WR- Darius Johnson, SMU
WR-  Ricky Johnson, Tulsa

DL- Michael Brooks, East Carolina
DL- Zeke Riser, Houston
DL- Dontari Poe, Memphis
DL- Cory Dorris, Tulsa
LB- Phillip Steward, Houston
LB- Taylor Reed, SMU
LB- Shakiel Smith, Tulane
LB- Daniel White, UAB
DB- Kevin Gaddis, Rice
DB- Dexter McCoil, Tulsa
DB- Josh Robinson, UCF
DB- Deshawn Grayson, UTEP

K- Matt Hogan, Houston
P- Peter Boehme, Southern Miss
KR- Marlon McClure, UTEP
PR- Tracy Lampley, Southern Miss
LS- Taylor Klein, UAB