Henry, Smith Earn 2013 C-USA First Team Honors; Kirk and Kelly 2nd Team
Conference USA announced its 2013 All-Conference football teams today, as selected by the league's 14 head football coaches. All 14 schools were represented with at least one selection and 10 placed at least one player on the first team. C-USA champion Rice produced the most total selections with 10, while East Division champion Marshall had nine. Rice and North Texas each had the most first team choices with five, followed by Marshall and Tulane with four.
Florida Atlantic Universityís football players Cory Henry (pictured top) and DíJoun Smith earned spots on the Conference USA all-conference first team. The duo is the first to be named to a C-USA football team and they were joined by Andrae Kirk and Sean Kelly, who were named to the second team.
Henry, a senior, completed his four-year FAU career atop C-USA in sacks with seven. He also used the time to become the programís all-time career sacks leader. In 2013, the Owls tallied 32 sacks while the team averaged just one per game a year ago. On Dec. 6, Henry was named the Shula Bowl Player of the Game.
Smith, a junior, set the tone early with seven total tackles and a pass break-up in the season opener at Miami. He was the squadís defensive game ball winner after his efforts versus Middle Tennessee and New Mexico State but it may be his efforts in the Tulane game that he became most known for with three interceptions, as well as providing the jumpstart that FAU needed to begin its four-game win streak. Smith led the nation for two weeks in total interceptions and concluded the regular season ranked No. 2 nationally in interceptions and No. 3 nationally in passes defended. Smith ended the year with 35 tackles, two for a loss, a sack, seven interceptions and two forced fumbles. He garnered Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors twice, won the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week honors and was named FAUís 2013 MVP.
Andrae Kirk, a junior, earned the teamís Defensive MVP award last Friday to go along with his second team C-USA selection. He ended 2013 with a team leading 84 tackles. The linebacker was all over the field in 2013 recording totals in nearly every statistical category. He had three games with double-digit tackles (Middle Tennessee, at Auburn and Tulane). He had a sack at Rice and tackles for loss versus New Mexico State and FIU. Kirk recovered a fumble at East Carolina and had an interception versus Miami. He had a quarterback hurry and a pass break-up versus FIU.
Sophomore Sean Kelly finished 2013 as the league No. 2 punter in average yards. The recipient of FAUís Special Team MVP honor was the only player to record a punt in 2013 and finished the season ranked second in the conference and No. 35 nationally while the team ranked first in C-USA in net punting and No. 45 nationally. Kelly averaged 42.7 yards per punt. He was a three-time FAU game ball winner and was publicly praised by opposing coaches for his ability to flip the field. His longest punt of the season was a 64-yarder versus FIU. He added a 63-yarder at Rice, 62-yard boots at Miami and USF and a 61-yard punt at Auburn. On the year he had 19 punts of 50+ yards, 21 fair caught and more than a third (36 percent) were downed inside the 20, placing him among the nationís leaders.
Honorable mention offensive members included Jaquez Johnson, Mustafa Johnson, Braden Lyons, Nexon Dorvilus, William Dukes and Daniel McKinney. Defensively, Brandin Bryant, Adarius Glanton, Christian Milstead and Damian Parms earned a spot.
The league's individual awards will be released Wednesday, December 11. Conference USA will conclude the 2013 season by sending six teams to bowl games.
2013 C-USA FOOTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
QB - Shane Carden, East Carolina, Jr.
RB - Charles Ross, Rice, Sr.
RB - Trey Watts, Tulsa, Sr.
OL - Stetson Burnett, Tulsa, Sr.
OL - Chris Jasperse, Marshall, Jr.
OL - Cyril Lemon, North Texas, Jr.
OL - Nate Richards, Rice, Sr.
OL - Will Simmons, East Carolina, Sr.
TE - Gator Hoskins, Marshall, Sr.
WR - Justin Hardy, East Carolina, Jr.
WR - Ryan Grant, Tulane, Sr.
WR - Tommy Shuler, Marshall, Jr.
DL - Christian Covington, Rice, So.
DL - Cory Henry, Florida Atlantic, Sr.
DL - IK Enemkpali, Louisiana Tech, Sr.
DL - James Rouse, Marshall, Sr.
DL - Julius Warmsley, Tulane, Sr.
LB - T.T. Barber, Middle Tennessee, So.
LB - Shawn Jackson, Tulsa, Sr.
LB - Zach Orr, North Texas, Sr.
DB - Lorenzo Doss, Tulane, So.
DB - Phillip Gaines, Rice, Sr.
DB - D'Joun Smith, Florida Atlantic, Jr.
DB - Marcus Trice, North Texas, Sr.
K - Cairo Santos, Tulane, Sr.
P - Hunter Mullins, UAB, Jr.
KR - Brelan Chancellor, North Texas, Sr.
PR - Brelan Chancellor, North Texas, Sr.
LS - Trevor Gillette, Rice, Sr.
QB - Rakeem Cato, Marshall, Jr.
RB - Vintavious Cooper, East Carolina, Jr.
RB - Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech, So.
OL - Jordan Davis, East Carolina, Sr.
OL - Garrett Scott, Marshall, Sr.
OL - Clint Van Horn, Marshall, So.
OL - Josh Walker, Middle Tennessee, Sr.
OL - Mason Y'Barbo, North Texas, Jr.
OL - Scott Inskeep, UTSA, Jr.
TE - Turner Petersen, Rice, Sr.
WR - Brelan Chancellor, North Texas, Sr.
WR - Jamarcus Nelson, UAB, Jr.
WR - Jordan Taylor, Rice, Jr.
DL - Aaron Bellazin, North Texas, Sr.
DL - Greg Hickman, FIU, Sr.
DL - Lee Pegues, East Carolina, Sr.
DL - Khyri Thornton, Southern Miss, Sr.
LB - Jermaine Holmes, Marshall, Jr.
LB - Derrell Johnson, East Carolina, Sr.
LB - Andrae Kirk, Florida Atlantic, Jr.
LB - Michael Kutzler, Rice, Sr.
DB - Bryce Callahan, Rice, Jr.
DB - Damon Magazu, East Carolina, Sr.
DB - Michael Mudoh, Tulsa, So.
DB - Triston Wade, UTSA, Jr.
K - Chris Boswell, Rice, Sr.
P - Sean Kelly, Florida Atlantic, So.
KR - Autrey Golden, UTEP, So.
PR - Devon Smith, Marshall, Sr.
LS - Josh Cuthbert, Louisiana Tech, Sr.
QB - Jaquez Johnson, Florida Atlantic, So.
QB - Taylor McHargue, Rice, Sr.
QB - Eric Soza, UTSA, Sr.
RB - Brandin Byrd, North Texas, Sr.
RB - Orleans Darkwa, Tulane, Sr.
RB - Jordan Howard, UAB, Fr.
RB - Darrin Reaves, UAB, Jr.
RB - Essray Taliaferro, Marshall, Sr.
OL - Mitchell Bell, Louisiana Tech, Jr.
OL - Sean Donnelly, Tulane, Jr.
OL - Adhem Elsawi, East Carolina, Sr.
OL - Cody Harris, UTSA, Jr.
OL - Kaycee Ike, UAB, Sr.
OL - Mustafa Johnson, Florida Atlantic, Sr.
OL - Braden Lyons, Florida Atlantic, Jr.
OL - Zach Morgan, Tulane, Sr.
OL - Andrew Reue, Rice, So.
OL - Matt Shepperd, Louisiana Tech, Sr.
OL - Darius Johnson, Middle Tennessee, So.
OL - Caleb Williams, Rice, So.
TE - Kennard Backman, UAB, Jr.
TE - Nexon Dorvilus, Florida Atlantic, Sr.
TE - Cole Hubble, UTSA, Jr.
TE - Jonnu Smith, FIU, Fr.
TE - Eric Tomlinson, UTEP, Jr.
TE - Bryce Williams, East Carolina, So.
WR - William Dukes, Florida Atlantic, Jr.
WR - Tyre'oune Holmes, Southern Miss, Fr.
WR - Kam Jones, UTSA, Jr.
WR - Jordan Leslie, UTEP, Jr.
WR - Daniel McKinney, Florida Atlantic, Sr.
WR - Lance Ray, East Carolina, Sr.
WR - Darnell Smith, North Texas, Sr.
WR - Reese Wiggins, East Carolina, Sr.
DL - Richard Abbe, North Texas, Sr.
DL - Cody Bauer, Rice, Sr.
DL - Alex Bazzie, Marshall, Sr.
DL - Codie Brooks, UTSA, Fr.
DL - Brandin Bryant, Florida Atlantic, So.
DL - Chris Davenport, Tulane, Sr.
DL - Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech, Sr.
DL - Isame Faciane, FIU, Sr.
DL - Royce LaFrance, Tulane, So.
DL - Ashaad Mabry, UTSA, Jr.
DL - Ra'Shawde Myers, Marshall, Jr.
DL - Chrishon Rose, East Carolina, Jr.
DL - Robert Singletary, UTSA, Jr.
DL - Terrell Stanley, East Carolina, So.
DL - Jimmy Staten, Middle Tennessee, Sr.
DL - Diaheem Watkins, UAB, Jr.
LB - Derek Akunne, North Texas, Jr.
LB - Zeek Bigger, East Carolina, So.
LB - Daniel Cobb, Louisiana Tech, Sr.
LB - Adarius Glanton, Florida Atlantic, Sr.
LB - Steven Kurfehs, UTSA, Sr.
LB - Evan McKelvey, Marshall, Jr.
LB - Stephen Roberts, Middle Tennessee, Sr.
LB - Kyle Tudor, East Carolina, Sr.
LB - Gabe Woullard, East Carolina, Sr.
DB - Adonis Armstrong, East Carolina, Sr.
DB - Adairius Barnes, Louisiana Tech, So.
DB - Jordan Batiste, Tulane, So.
DB - Kenny Buyers, North Texas, So.
DB - Kevin Byard, Middle Tennessee, So.
DB - Jake Ganus, UAB, So.
DB - Justin Halley, FIU, Jr.
DB - Emmanuel Johnson, Southern Miss, Jr.
DB - Nic Johnston, UTSA, Jr.
DB - Lairamie Lee, North Texas, Jr.
DB - Le'Vander Liggins, Louisiana Tech, Jr.
DB - Monterius Lovett, Marshall, Jr.
DB - Christian Milstead, Florida Atlantic, Jr.
DB - Darion Monroe, Tulane, So.
DB - Bennett Okotcha, UTSA, So.
DB - Daryl Roberts, Marshall, Jr.
DB - Damian Parms, Florida Atlantic, Jr.
DB - Paul Porras, Rice, Sr.
DB - Chip Thompson, East Carolina, Sr.
DB - Corey Tindal, Marshall, Fr.
DB - Xavier Woods, Louisiana Tech, Fr.
K - Kyle Fischler, Louisiana Tech, Fr.
K - Carl Salazar, Tulsa, Jr.
K - Ty Long, UAB, Jr.
P - Trent Tignor, East Carolina, Sr.
P - Josh Davis, Middle Tennessee, Sr.
P - Kristian Stern, UTSA, Jr.
KR - Jamarcus Nelson, UAB, Jr.
PR - Trey Watts, Tulsa
LS - Charlie Coggins, East Carolina, Jr.
Two (2) 1st teamers and one (1) second teamer on the NO. 2 pass D IN THE NATION (following ONLY FSU!).
And Kelly 2nd team punter behind the UAB punter. NOBODY was a more important punter to their team than Sean regarding impacting the games with field position, NOBODY!