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All-Conference USA teams: who returns in ’13

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Here, we adjust the teams to (a) remove all seniors and (b) remove the 4 immediately departing teams — Memphis, Central Florida, Houston, SMU. Below is the all-freshman team, minus the 4 teams.

The message I get here: The floor is wide open for players to step into first-team status. This really will be a new era of Conference USA, for better or worse.



QB- Rakeem Cato, So., Marshall

RB- Darrin Reaves, So., UAB

WR- Ryan Grant, Jr., Tulane

WR- Justin Hardy, So., East Carolina

WR- Tommy Shuler, So., Marshall


DB- Phillip Gaines, Jr., Rice


K- Cairo Santos, Jr., Tulane



RB- Vintavious Cooper, Jr., East Carolina

OL- Will Simmons, Jr., East Carolina

TE- Gator Hoskins, Jr., Marshall

WR- Keyarris Garrett, So., Tulsa


LB- Derrell Johnson, Jr., East Carolina

DB- Marco Nelson, Jr., Tulsa


K- Chris Boswell, Jr., Rice

KR- Trey Watts, Jr., Tulsa

PR- Justin Hardy, So., East Carolina




QB- Shane Carden, So., East Carolina

QB- Cody Green, Jr., Tulsa

QB- Taylor McHargue, Jr., Rice

RB- Nathan Jeffery, So., UTEP

RB- Trey Watts, Jr., Tulsa

OL- Drew Carroll, So., Rice

OL- Adhem Elsawi, Jr., East Carolina

OL- Chris Jasperse, So., Marshall

OL- Jordan Jeffries, Jr., Marshall

OL- Alex Schooler, Jr., Marshall

OL- Caleb Williams, Fr., Rice

TE- Kennard Backman, So., UAB

TE- Craig Wenrick, Jr., UTEP

WR- Jordan James, Jr., Tulsa

WR- Jeremy Johnson, Jr., SMU

WR- Jackie Williams, Jr., UAB


DL- Marcus Bagley, Jr., UTEP

DL- Alex Bazzie, Jr., Marshall

DL- Cody Bauer, Jr., Rice

DL- Christian Covington, Fr., Rice

DL- Horace Miller, Jr., UTEP

DL- Lee Pegues, Jr., East Carolina

DL- Hosam Shahin, Jr., Rice

DL- Brandon Sparrow, Jr., Marshall

DL- Rakeem Nunez-Roches, So., Southern Miss

DL- Julius Warmsley, Jr., Tulane

LB- Jeremy Grove, So., East Carolina




  • QB       Austin Brown, UAB
  • RB        Kevin Grooms, Marshall
  • RB        Luke Turner, Rice
  • OL        Cameron Dees, Marshall
  • OL        Caleb Williams, Rice
  • OL        Cameron Blankenship, UAB


  • DL        Christian Covington, Rice
  • DL        Derrick Alexander, Tulsa
  • LB        Montese Overton, East Carolina
  • LB        D.J. Hunter, Marshall
  • LB        Trent Martin, Tulsa
  • DB       Darion Monroe, Tulane
  • DB       Lorenzo Doss, Tulane

Special Teams

  • K          Daniel Schwarz, Tulsa
  • P          Tyler Williams, Marshall
  • KR        Autrey Golden, UTEP
  • PR        Dennis Parks, Rice
  • LS        Rey Higuera, Tulsa