July 27, 2011
New Orleans - Tulane's Trent Mackey added another award to his preseason list today as the junior linebacker was named to the 2011 Conference USA Football Coaches Preseason First Team, as it was announced today by the league office.
Mackey, a 5-11, 220-pound native of Port Sulphur, La., was recently named a candidate for the Rotary Lombardi Watch List and now takes his place among the top linebackers in the league. He was one of three linebackers named to the All C-USA first team along with Marcus McGraw of Houston, Ja'Gared Davis of SMU and Korey Williams of Southern Miss.
Mackey transferred to Tulane from Duke prior to the 2009 campaign and played his first season for the Green Wave in 2010. In his first with Tulane, Mackey was named to the All-Conference USA second team following a vote by the league's head coaches, was tabbed to the All C-USA first team by Phil Steele publications and was named the Louisiana Football Newcomer of the Year.
A year ago, Mackey was one of the nation's leaders in tackles. He started every game and logged 124 tackles (63 solo), ranking third among C-USA players and 17th nationally. Mackey ranked among the nation's top-20 the entire season, including two weeks at No. 1. He notched 10-plus tackles in eight of 12 games, including a career-best 17 (10 solo, 7 assists) vs. Army, and earned C-USA Defensive Player of the Week honors after tallying 13 stops the first week of the season.
Mackey was the first player to record 100 tackles in a single season since 2005 (Anthony Cannon) and notched the most since 2003 (133 by Tra Boger). He tied for the lead in forced fumbles (3), ranked third in tackles for loss (7.5-17), tied for third in fumble recoveries (1) and had one interception against Rice.
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2011 Conference USA Football Coaches Preseason Awards/Team
Offensive Player of the Year
Case Keenum, Sr., QB, Houston
Defensive Player of the Year
Vinny Curry, Sr., DE, Marshall
Special Teams Player of the Year
Damaris Johnson, Sr., KR/PR, Tulsa
First Team Offense
QB Case Keenum, Sr., Houston
RB Bryce Beall, Sr., Houston
RB Zach Line, Jr., SMU
OL Clint Anderson, Sr., Tulsa
OL Kelvin Beachum, Sr., SMU
OL Matt McCants, Sr., UAB
OL Nick Pieschel, Sr., UCF
OL Chris Thompson, Sr., Houston
WR Patrick Edwards, Sr., Houston
WR Damaris Johnson, Sr., Tulsa
WR Lance Lewis, Sr., East Carolina
TE Adam Nissley, Sr., UCF
First Team Defense
DL Vinny Curry, Sr., Marshall
DL Elliott Henigan, Sr., UAB
DL Cordarro Law, Sr., Southern Miss
DL Taylor Thompson, Sr., SMU
LB Ja'Gared Davis, Jr., SMU
LB Trent Mackey, Jr., Tulane
LB Marcus McGraw, Sr., Houston
LB Korey Williams, Sr., Southern Miss
DB Emanuel Davis, Sr., East Carolina
DB Kemal Ishmael, Jr., UCF
DB Marco Nelson, So., Tulsa
DB Josh Robinson, Jr., UCF
First Team Special Teams
K Danny Hrapmann, Sr., Southern Miss
P Kyle Martens, Sr., Rice
KR Quincy McDuffie, Jr., UCF
PR Patrick Edwards, Sr., Houston
PR Damaris Johnson, Sr., Tulsa