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D'Joun Smith & Andrae Kirk 2014 Preseason 1st Team All C-USA; Owls Picked 3rd in East

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Seniors Andrae Kirk and DíJoun Smith were named to the defensive team, as announced by the league office today.
Kirk (photo left), a second team C-USA 2013 post-season selection, tallied a team leading 84 tackles and had input in nearly every defensive statistical category. The 2013 Owl Defensive MVP had three games with double-digit tackles (Middle Tennessee, Auburn and Tulane). Earlier this week, Kirk was named to the Lombardi Watch List along with teammates Braden Lyons and Brandin Bryant.

Smith (photo right center) was a 2013 C-USA first team member after posting seven interceptions which ranked Smith No. 2 nationally. He also ended his junior campaign No. 3 in pass break-ups. Smith was named to the Jim Thorpe Award watch list earlier this month.

The duo were a part of an FAU defense that finished 2013 season ranked No. 11 nationally in total defense. Both joined the Owls in 2011 as true freshmen and were members of the first team to play in FAUís on-campus stadium. Since that time, FAU has improved its record from a team that won just one game to a team that was bowl eligible in 2013 and ended on a four-game win streak.

The Owls were picked to finish third in the eastern division.

First Team Offense
QB   Rakeem Cato, Sr., Marshall
RB   Kenneth Dixon, Jr., Louisiana Tech
RB   Aaron Jones, So., UTEP
OL   Scott Inskeep, Sr., UTSA
OL   Chris Jasperse, Sr., Marshall
OL   Cyril Lemon, Sr., North Texas
OL   Clint Van Horn, Jr., Marshall
OL   Mason Y'Barbo, Sr., North Texas
WR   Jamarcus Nelson, Sr., UAB
WR   Tommy Shuler, Sr., Marshall
WR   Jordan Taylor., Sr., Rice
TE   Eric Tomlinson, Sr., UTEP

First Team Defense
DL   Vernon Butler, Jr., Louisiana Tech
DL   Christian Covington, Jr., Rice
DL   Ra'Shawde Myers, Sr., Marshall
DL   James Rouse, Sr., Marshall
LB   T.T. Barber, Sr., Middle Tennessee
LB   Evan McKelvey, Sr., Marshall
LB   Andrae Kirk, Jr., Florida Atlantic
DB   Kevin Byard, Jr., Middle Tennessee
DB   Bryce Callahan, Sr., Rice
DB   D'Joun Smith, Sr., Florida Atlantic
DB   Triston Wade, Sr., UTSA

First Team Special Teams
K   Sean Ianno, Sr., UTSA
P   Hunter Mullins, Sr., UAB
KR   Autrey Golden, Jr., UTEP
PR   Kenny Harrison, Sr., UTSA
LS   Jesse Medrano, Sr., UTSA


1. Marshall         91
2. Middle Tennessee   73
3. Florida Atlantic   60
4. WKU                   57
5. Old Dominion      33
6. UAB                   31
7. FIU                   19

1. North Texas           66
2. Rice                   65
3. UTSA                   62
4. Louisiana Tech   38
5. Southern Miss   24
6. UTEP                   18
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