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Sun Belt Conference Names 2008 All-Sun Belt Football Teams


Sun Belt Conference Names 2008 All-Sun Belt Football Teams

Sun Belt Conference Names 2008 All-Sun Belt Football Teams
Written by: Sun Belt Conference

Release: 12/09/2008

December 9, 2009

Sun Belt Conference Names 2008 All-Sun Belt Football Teams

NEW ORLEANS – After a record breaking career Louisiana-Lafayette’s Tyrell Fenroy earned yet another honor Tuesday as the senior running back was named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year.  Fenroy highlights the 2008 All-Sun Belt Conference Football Team which was also released on Tuesday.

A Laplace, La. native, Fenroy rewrote numerous rushing records for ULL and the Sun Belt Conference.  Fenroy became only the seventh player in NCAA history with four 1,000-yard rushing seasons and he shattered the Sun Belt records for career rushing yards and career rushing touchdowns.  He was one of 10 semifinalists for the prestigious Doak Walker Award and was named Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week after his 297-yard three touchdown performance against ULM.

Joining Fenroy on the list of individual award winners is Ragin’ Cajun quarterback Michael Desormeaux, who was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Year.  A dual-threat quarterback, Desormeaux rushed for over 1,000 yards on the season while also passing for nearly 1,900 yards.  Under his guidance the Cajuns topped the Sun Belt in rushing offense, scoring offense, and passing efficiency.

Arkansas State’s Alex Carrington was named the Sun Belt Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year after the junior defensive end posted the a league high 19 tackles for loss.  That number was also good for the sixth highest total in the NCAA this season.  Carrington also posted at least one sack in seven games and multiple sacks in three games, including a career-high 2.5 sacks against ULM

Florida International’s T.Y. Hilton was named the league’s Freshman of the year and the honor came as little surprise as he is widely considered one of the top freshman in the nation.  Hilton has been consistently in the top five in the nation for total all-purpose yards on the season.  The first time Hilton touched the ball as a collegiate football player, he returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown at Kansas in the first game of the season. Hilton also threw a 38-yard pass to Junior Mertile with 2:04 left in the game against Arkansas State on Nov. 8 to give FIU a 22-21 victory.

Rounding out the list of individual award winners are Troy’s Levi Brown, who was named the league’s Newcomer of the Year, and Larry Blakeney, who was bestowed the honor of Sun Belt Coach of the Year.

A transfer from Richmond, Brown helped lead Troy to its first outright Sun Belt Championship since joining the league.  After seeing only limited duty as the third string quarterback for the first five games, Brown threw for an average of 255 yards per game in his six starts.  He set a school-record for completions in a game with 40 against North Texas (in 50 attempts) and set another record with 72 pass attempts against LSU.  His 391 yards passing against North Texas rank as the most ever in a game Blakeney’s 18 seasons at Troy.

Sun Belt Coach of the Year Larry Blakeney guided his team to the outright Sun Belt Conference title and a berth in the New Orleans bowl while notching his 144th career victory. Troy has captured at least a share of three straight league crowns. He is the fourth longest tenured head coach in NCAA FBS Division and this spring will be inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

Player of the Year

Tyrell Fenroy (ULL, Sr., RB #32)

Offensive Player of the Year

Michael Desormeaux (ULL, Sr., QB, #6)

Defensive Player of the Year

Alex Carrington (ASU, Jr., DE, #98)

Newcomer of the Year

Levi Brown (Troy, Jr., QB, #12)

Freshman of the Year

T.Y. Hilton (FIU, Fr., WR/KR/PR, #4)

Coach of the Year

Larry Blakeney (Troy)

First Team All-Conference Offense

Michael Desormeaux (ULL, Sr., QB, #6)

Reggie Arnold (ASU, Jr., RB, #2)

Tyrell Fenroy (ULL, Sr., RB #32)

Casey Fitzgerald (North Texas, Sr., WR, #87)

Jerrel Jernigan (Troy, So., WR, #3)

Zeek Zacharie (ULM, Sr., TE, #15)

Matt Mandich (ASU, Sr., OL, #63)

Brad Bustle (ULL, Jr., OL #75)

Chris Fisher (ULL, Jr., OL #79)

Chris Jamison (Troy, Sr., OT, #65)

Dion Small (Troy, Sr., OT, #74)

First Team All-Conference Defense

Alex Carrington (ASU, Jr., DE, #98)

Jervonte Jackson (FAU, R-Sr, DL, #92)

Brandon Lang (Troy, Jr., DE, #91)

Cameron Sheffield (Troy, Jr., DE, #90)

Frantz Joseph (FAU, R-Sr., LB, #56)

Cardia Jackson (ULM, Jr., LB, #51)

Boris Lee (Troy, Jr., LB, #2)

Corey Small (FAU, R-Sr., DB, #26)

Anthony Gaitor (FIU, SO., DB, #7)

Terence Moore (Troy, Sr., DB, #20)

Sherrod Martin (Troy, Sr., DB, #6)

First Team All-Conference Specialists

Josh Arauco (ASU, Jr., K, #89)

Truman Spencer (North Texas, Sr., P, #25)

T.Y. Hilton (FIU, Fr., Return Specialist, #4)

T.Y. Hilton (FIU, Fr., All Purpose, #4)

Second Team All-Conference Offense

Corey Leonard (ASU, Jr., QB, #1)

Charles Pierre (FAU, R-Sr., RB, #20)

DuJuan Harris (Troy, So., RB, #32)

T.Y. Hilton (FIU, FR., WR, #4)

Jason Chery (ULL, Sr., WR, #5)

David Johnson (ASU, Sr., TE, #85)

Jamari Grant (FAU, R-Jr, TE, #87)

Mark Clemons (ASU, Sr., OL, #64)

Nick Paris (FAU, R-Sr, C, #68)

John Rizzo (FAU, Sr, RT, #71)

Brad Serini (FIU, SO., C, #76)

Larry Shappley (ULM, Sr., OL, #76)

Second Team All-Conference Defense

Quentin Newman (FIU, SR., DE, #54)

Trevor Jenkins (MT, Sr., DT, #97)

Aaron Morgan (ULM, Jr., DE, #9)

Dion Gales (Troy, Sr., DT, #98)

Ben Owens (ASU, Sr., LB, #40)

Bear Woods (Troy, Jr., LB, #48)

Tobe Nwigwe (North Texas, Jr., LB, #44)

Derik Keyes (ULL, Sr., DB, #20)

Josh Thompson (ULM, Jr., DB, #28)

Jeremy Kellem (MT, So., S, #20)

Tavares Williams (Troy, Sr., DB, #15)

Second Team All-Conference Specialists

Sam Glusman (Troy, Jr., PK, #38)

Carlos Munera (FIU, JR., P, #34)

Kevin Jones (ASU, Sr., Return Specialist, #6)

Jason Chery (ULL, Sr., All Purpose #5)

Honorable Mention Selections: J.T. Jordan (ASU, Jr., TE, #87), Dominique Williams (ASU, Sr., CB, #8), Scott Bryant (FIU, JR., LB, #44), Paul McCall (FIU, JR., QB, #12), Jonathan Decoster (ULL, So., OL #73), Antwyne Zanders (ULL, Sr., LB #41), Kinsmon Lancaster (ULM, Sr., QB, #7), Anthony McCall (ULM, Fr., WR, #83), Joe Craddock (MT, Sr., QB, #12), Ivon Hickmon (MT, Sr., LB, #27), Cam Montgomery (North Texas, Jr., RB, #26), Craig Robertson (North Texas, So., LB, #42), Kennard Burton (Troy, Sr., WR, #9), Steve McLendon (Troy, Sr., DT, #92)

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Re: Sun Belt Conference Names 2008 All-Sun Belt Football Teams

DOH, you beat me to it!

Florida Atlantic University Owls
2007 Sun Belt Football Champions 2007 New Orleans Bowl Champions 2008 Motor City Bowl Champions 2011 Sun Belt Basketball Champions No Bowls without Owls
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Re: Sun Belt Conference Names 2008 All-Sun Belt Football Teams

Wow! Big difference from last season.

I don't disagree with any of these. I think Frantz maybe could have been considered for Sun-Belt player of the year, he was only # 2 in the NATION in tackles lol.

My two favorite teams are FAU, and who ever is beating FIU!
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Re: Sun Belt Conference Names 2008 All-Sun Belt Football Teams

Jab it may be a trade off Bowl v conference team. Rusty didn't have banner year but cranked it out at the end and not even an honorable mention. Kevin Miller not even a mention. DeIvory, Rose,Clark. Wow need I go on. One more shot to show them on the field
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Re: Sun Belt Conference Names 2008 All-Sun Belt Football Teams

FAU players got the shaft, BIG TIME!

There's no other way to say it
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