MURFREESBORO – Conference USA announced its 2013 All-Conference teams today, as selected by the league’s 14 head football coaches. Middle Tennessee (8-4; 6-2) had seven players recognized with one first team member, one second team and five honorable mention picks. The Blue Raiders also placed two players on the All-Freshman team.
The Blue Raiders’ lone first team player was linebacker T.T. Barber who has had a monster year. The sophomore from Colquitt, GA, has a personal-best 112 tackles and 10.5 tackles for loss to lead the team. Barber, the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 2, also has three sacks, three interceptions, and two forced fumbles.
Senior Josh Walker brought home second team honors after anchoring an offensive line that produced one of the top rushing attacks in the country. The Blue Raiders average 208 yards on the ground and 236 in conference play. The 2,500 rushing yards are the most by Middle Tennessee since 2002. Walker, from Spring City, TN, has started 24 straight games.
Johnson, a sophomore from Orlando, FL, started all 12 games at left tackle and ranked second on the line in snaps played.
Staten, a senior out of Waycross, GA, battled a knee injury all year but was still productive up front for the Blue Raiders. He ended the regular season with 30 tackles, two hurries and a pass breakup.
Roberts had an impressive senior campaign after suffering with injuries most of his career. The Peach Tree City, GA, product was fourth on the team in tackles with 60 to go with 4.0 tackles for loss, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and two forced fumbles.
Byard, a preseason All-C-USA first team selection, has a career-high 92 tackles, leads the team with five interceptions, and also has five pass breakups, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble. A sophomore out of Lithonia, GA, Byard is the NCAA’s active career leader in interception return yards with 326 and his four for touchdowns is a school record.
Davis, Middle Tennessee’s all-time leader in punting average, has put 55 career punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. In 2013, Davis has a 41.9 average and 16 kicks of 50 or more yards, including a long of 70.
Center Josh Chester and defensive tackles Jimal McBride were voted to the All-Freshman team. Chester started three games for the Blue Raiders, while McBride added 23 tackles, including 5.0 tackles for loss and a sack.
The bowl bound Blue Raiders will get back on the practice field this Friday in preparation for the 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 30.
2013 ALL-CONFERENCE AND ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
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.
QB – Nick Mullens, Southern Miss
RB – Jordan Howard, UAB
RB – Aaron Jones, UTEP
OL – Jordan Budwig, FIU
OL – Josh Chester, Middle Tennessee
OL – Dylan Foxworth, Tulsa
OL – Kaydon Kirby, North Texas
OL – Michael Selby, Marshall
OL – Cameron Tom, Southern Miss
TE – Jonnu Smith, FIU
WR – Isaiah Jones, East Carolina
WR – Tyre’oune Holmes, Southern Miss
DL – Codie Brooks, UTSA
DL – Jimal McBride, Middle Tennessee
DL – Demetri McGill, East Carolina
DL – Gary Thompson, Marshall
LB – Stefan Houston, Marshall
LB – Nico Marley, Tulane
LB – Dayon Pratt, East Carolina
DB – A.J. Leggett, Marshall
DB – Corey Tindal, Marshall
DB – Darnell Walker, Tulsa
DB – Xavier Woods, Louisiana Tech
K – Kyle Fischer, Louisiana Tech
P – Blake Macek, North Texas
KR – Tevin King, Louisiana Tech
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