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    Dec. 6, 2011

    HOUSTON - The Houston Cougars dominated the 2011 Conference USA All-Conference football teams on Tuesday, as UH players filled 12 spots on the first and second teams. Houston also had four players receive honorable mention accolades and three players named to the All-Freshman squad.

    Houston placed six members on the first team, with five coming on offense. Senior quarterback Case Keenum led the list, which also included senior center Chris Thompson, tight end Justin Johnson, running back Charles Sims and wide receiver Patrick Edwards. The UH offense was tops in college football this season, averaging 50.8 points and 599.0 yards per game.

    Keenum was the country's top passer this season, throwing for 5,099 yards and 45 touchdowns. His yardage and TD totals led the country, while his completion percentage (71.7) and passing efficiency (177.9) ranked among the top six in America.

    Thompson was named a first team All-Conference USA choice in 2010 as a guard, but made a smooth transition to center in 2011. He led an offensive line that blocked for the country's most productive offense and allowed just 16 total sacks in 13 games.

    Sims had a breakout sophomore season, rushing for a team high 782 yards and nine scores. The versatile running back averaged a team-best 7.5 yards per carry and caught 46 passes for 545 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games.

    Edwards and Johnson were named first team picks as pass-catchers. Edwards led the country with 18 receiving touchdowns. He also ranked among national leaders with 1,524 yards and 19.3 yards per reception. He owns the nation's top receiving day with his seven catches for 318 yards and five touchdowns vs. Rice. Johnson, named to the all-league squad as a tight end, was one of the conference's more versatile players, lining up all over the field (backfield, tight end and wide receiver) to create match-up nightmares for opposing coaches. Johnson registered career highs in receptions (75), yards (1,081) and touchdowns (11) this season and the combination of Edwards and Johnson had more receiving scores (29) than any duo in America.

     

     

    Houston also placed one defender on the first team defense, senior linebacker Sammy Brown. Few players in college football were as disruptive as Brown this season. He leads the country with 28 tackles for loss and ranks among the top five nationally with 12.5 sacks. His 28 TFLs set the school record and he could break the all-time single-season sacks mark with two more sacks in the 2012TicketCity Bowl.

    Four Cougars were named to the C-USA Second Team. Jacolby Ashworth earned a second team nod at left tackle, while Tyron Carrier was named second team for both his work as a wide receiver and as a kick returner. Carrier ranked among national leaders with 87 catches for 914 yards and five TDs, while he also tied an NCAA record with his seventh career kickoff return for a score in the Oct. 27 victory against Rice. Edwards was named C-USA's second team punt returner in addition to his first team pick at wide receiver.

    Marcus McGraw and D.J. Hayden were named all-second team defenders. McGraw led Houston for a fourth consecutive year in tackles, recording 131 stops and 13.5 tackles for loss in 13 games. McGraw (500 career tackles) is the UH career leader in assisted tackles and needs eight tackles in the TicketCity Bowl to surpass Ryan McCoy (1990-93) as the school's all-time leader for total tackles.

    Hayden has been one of the country's most valuable newcomers. The junior college transfer ranks sixth on the team with 62 tackles and has been outstanding in coverage, defending 11 passes, breaking up nine and recording two interceptions. Hayden has also recovered two fumbles, forced four and boasts six tackles for loss from his cornerback position.

    Senior running back Michael Hayes an sophomore offensive guard Kevin Forsch were named honorable mention picks on offense, while junior place kicker Matt Hogan and sophomore punter Richie Leone made the list on special teams.

    Houston had three players named to the All-Freshman Team today as well. Rowdy Harper started all-13 games at right tackle to earn a spot, while Derrick Mathews and Eric Braswell won nods at linebacker and defensive end. Mathews was second on the team with 97 total tackles and was third with nine tackles for loss, including a sack. The Houston native picked off three passes in his 13 starts, including a pass vs. Marshall, which he returned for a score. Braswell improved each week at defensive end and finished with 43 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss in 10 starts.



    CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM
    OFFENSE
    QB- Case Keenum, Sr., Houston
    RB- Zach Line, Jr., SMU
    RB- Charles Sims, So., Houston
    OL- Clint Anderson, Sr., Tulsa
    OL- Kelvin Beachum, Sr., SMU
    OL- Lamar Holmes, Sr., Southern Miss
    OL- Matt McCants, Sr., UAB
    OL- Chris Thompson, Sr., Houston
    TE- Justin Johnson, Sr., Houston
    WR- Cole Beasley, Sr., SMU
    WR- Patrick Edwards, Sr., Houston
    WR- Darius Johnson, Jr., SMU

    DEFENSE
    DL- Vinny Curry, Sr., Marshall
    DL- Tyrunn Walker, Sr., Tulsa
    DL- Cordarro Law, Sr., Southern Miss
    DL- Taylor Thompson, Sr., SMU
    LB- Curnelius Arnick, Sr., Tulsa
    LB- Sammy Brown, Sr., Houston
    LB- Trent Mackey, Jr., Tulane
    DB- Omar Brown, Sr., Marshall
    DB- Richard Crawford, Sr., SMU
    DB- Marquese Wheaton, Sr., Southern Miss
    DB- Josh Robinson, Jr., UCF

    SPECIAL TEAMS
    K- Kevin Fitzpatrick, Sr., Tulsa
    P- Kyle Martens, Sr., Rice
    KR- Rannell Hall, Fr., UCF
    PR- Tracy Lampley, Sr., Southern Miss
    LS- Matt Camilli, Sr., UTEP

    SECOND TEAM
    OFFENSE
    QB- Austin Davis, Sr., Southern Miss
    QB- G.J. Kinne, Sr., Tulsa
    RB- Orleans Darkwa, So., Tulane
    RB- Ja'Terian Douglas, So., Tulsa
    OL- Jacoby Ashworth, Jr., Houston
    OL- Joe Duhon, Jr., Southern Miss
    OL- Ron Leary, Sr., Memphis
    OL- Nick Pieschel, Sr., UCF
    OL- Jason Weaver, Sr., Southern Miss
    TE- Clay Sears, Sr., Tulsa
    WR-Tyron Carrier, Sr., Houston
    WR-Willie Carter, Jr., Tulsa
    WR-Lance Lewis, Sr., East Carolina

    DEFENSE
    DL- Marquis Frazier, Sr., SMU
    DL- Dezman Moses, Sr., Tulane
    DL- Dontari Poe, Jr., Memphis
    DL- Scott Solomon, Sr., Rice
    LB- Ja'Gared Davis, Sr., SMU
    LB- Marcus McGraw, Sr., Houston
    LB- Taylor Reed, Jr., SMU
    DB- Jamie Bender, Sr., UAB
    DB- Emanuel Davis, Jr., East Carolina
    DB- D.J. Hayden, Jr., Houston
    DB- Dexter McCoil, Jr., Tulsa

    SPECIAL TEAMS
    K- Danny Hrapmann, Sr., Southern Miss
    P- Ian Campbell, Jr., UTEP
    KR- Tyron Carrier, Sr., Houston
    PR- Patrick Edwards, Sr., Houston
    LS- Charley Hughlett, Sr., UCF


    HONORABLE MENTION

    OFFENSE
    RB- Michael Hayes, Sr., Houston
    RB- Tyler Smith, Sr., Rice
    RB- Trey Watts, So., Tulsa
    RB- Joe Banyard, Sr., UTEP
    OL- Kevin Forsch, So., Houston
    OL- Ryan Tillman, Sr., Marshall
    OL- Bryce Tennison, Sr., SMU
    OL- Kelly Turner, Sr., SMU
    OL- Harris Howard, Sr., Tulane
    OL- Tyler Holmes, Sr., Tulsa
    OL- Chris Hubbard, Jr., UAB
    OL- Theo Goins, Jr., UCF
    OL- Jordan Rae, Jr., UCF
    OL- Nathan McCage, Sr., UTEP
    OL- Eloy Atkinson, Jr., UTEP
    TE- Luke Willson, Jr., Tulane
    TE- Adam Nissley, Sr., UCF
    WR- Aaron Dobson, Jr., Marshall
    WR- Tanner Rehrer, Sr., Memphis
    WR- Ryan Balentine, Sr., Southern Miss
    WR- Kelvin Bolden, Sr., Southern Miss
    WR- Tracy Lampley, Sr., Southern Miss
    WR- Jackie Williams, So., UAB

    DEFENSE
    DL- Frank Trotter, Sr., Memphis
    DL- Torian Pittman, Jr., SMU
    DL- Margus Hunt, Jr., SMU
    DL- Cory Dorris, Jr., Tulsa
    DL- Elliott Henigan, Sr., UAB
    DL- Victor Gray, So., UCF
    DL- Bernard Obi, Sr., UTEP
    LB- Jeremy Grove, Fr., East Carolina
    LB- Cameron Nwosu, So., Rice
    LB- Jamie Collins, Jr., Southern Miss
    LB- Ronnie Thornton, Sr., Southern Miss
    LB- Shawn Jackson, So., Tulsa
    LB- Isaiah Carter, Sr., UTEP
    DB- Paul Porras, So., Rice
    DB- Bryce Callahan, Fr., Rice
    DB- Chris Banjo, Sr., SMU
    DB- Kendrick Presley, Sr., Southern Miss
    DB- Ryan Travis, Jr., Tulane
    DB- Milton Howell, Sr., Tulsa
    DB- Marco Nelson, So., Tulsa
    DB- Kemal Ishmael, Jr., UCF
    DB- Antwon Blake, Sr., UTEP

    SPECIAL TEAMS
    K- Matt Hogan, Jr., Houston
    K- Chris Boswell, So., Rice
    K- Ty Long, Fr., UAB
    P- Richie Leone, So., Houston
    P- Tom Hornsey, So., Memphis
    KR- Vernon Frazier, Sr., UTEP
    PR- Richard Crawford, Sr., SMU
    PR- Derrick Strozier, So., Tulane
    LS- Tyson Gale, Sr., Marshall
    LS- Creighton Nelms, Sr., Southern Miss
    LS- Bo Abbott, Sr., Tulsa


    2011 C-USA FOOTBALL ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

    Offense
    QB Blake Bortles UCF
    RB Travon Van Marshall
    RB Jamal Woodyard Southern Miss
    OL Rowdy Harper Houston
    OL Chris Jasperse Marshall
    OL Drew Carroll Rice
    OL Torrian Wilson UCF
    OL Jarel Watkins UTEP
    TE Eric Tomlinson UTEP
    WR Justin Hardy East Carolina
    WR J.J. Worton UCF
    Defense
    DL Eric Braswell Houston
    DL Rakeem Nunez Southern Miss
    DL Michael Pierce Tulane
    DL Brentom Todd Tulsa
    LB Jeremy Grove East Carolina
    LB Derrick Mathews Houston
    LB Troy Gray UCF
    DB Bryce Callahan Rice
    DB Tray Becton-Martin Southern Miss
    DB Kwame Sexton Tulsa
    DB Clayton Geathers UCF

    Special Teams
    K Ty Long UAB
    P Cole Way Tulsa
    KR Rannell Hall UCF
    PR Mario Hull Rice

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