Dec. 6, 2011
New Orleans - The 2011 Conference USA football teams are out following a vote by the league's 12 head football coaches and Tulane is represented with seven players garnering all-conference honors, including junior linebacker Trent Mackey, who was named to the first team, while senior defensive end Dezman Moses and sophomore running back Orleans Darkwa received second team honors and defensive end Michael Pierce, Jr. was named to the All C-USA Freshman Team. Junior cornerback Ryan Travis and senior offensive guard Harris Howard each received honorable mention honors.
A native of Port Sulphur, La., Mackey is a repeat selection to the All C-USA team after receiving second team honors last season. This past year, he began the season as a candidate for the Rotary Lombardi Award and was named to the preseason all-conference team.
Mackey was one of the nation's top defenders, logging 145 (96 solo/49 assists) tackles in 12 games. He led all C-USA players and ranked third nationally with 12.08 stops per game. Mackey finished with double figure tackles in eight of his 12 games, including 18 stops against Syracuse, which remains the 18th-best single game effort in college football this season.
His tackles this past season ranks 10th among the school's single season leaders but is the most by a Tulane player in one season since 1983 when Burnell Dent established the school record of 172 and David Jackson also recorded 163, the fifth-most in one season.
Mackey's totals from this season include 14 tackles for lost yardage, which ranked fifth among conference players, 4.5 sacks, one fumble return and one interception return for a touchdown at UAB. Offensively, he lined up in the backfield in the season opener against Southeastern Louisiana and caught a three-yard touchdown pass.
Darkwa, who began the year as a candidate for the Doak Walker Award, is a repeat selection to the All C-USA second team. A native of Nashville, Tenn., he played in all 13 games and finished the season with 924 yards on 210 carries (4.4 avg.) and 13 touchdowns. His yardage total ranks 10th on the schools single season list, while his carries were the sixth most.
Moses, who hails from Willingboro, N.J., played just two seasons for the Green Wave but carved his name into the TU record books. An honorable mention selection last season, he played in all 13 games and logged 9.5 sacks this season, which ranked third among C-USA players and 17th nationally, and also ranks third on TU's single season chart. Moses completed his career with 15.5 sacks, which is good enough for fourth all-time on the Green Wave's career list.
He also added 52 tackles (33 solo/19 assists), the most among TU's defensive linemen, 12 stops for lost yardage, seven quarterback hurries, five pass breakups and forced three fumbles.
In his first season at Tulane, Pierce played in all 13 games and finished the season with 15 tackles (9 solo/6 assists) and he follows Darkwa, who was named to the league's all-freshman team last season. A native of Daphne, Ga., Pierce finished with a career-best three stops against Tulsa and Rice.
Howard hails from Alpharetta, Ga., and is a first time selection to the All C-USA team. This past season, he started every game, including 10 at left tackle and three at left guard. Howard helped the offense average 126.3 rushing and 214 passing yards per game. He led Tulane to a season-best 540 yards, including 262 on the ground, at UAB on Sept. 17 and helped protect for the Wave to pass for a season-high 377 yards vs. Memphis on Oct. 22.
A native of Plaquemine, La., Travis is another first time member of the all-league team. He started every game this past season and led the team with four interceptions, which ranked eighth in C-USA, and he tied for 17th in passes defensed per game (0.75). Travis completed the season tied for 52nd nationally in picks per contests. He had five pass break-ups, 59 tackles (39 solo, 20 assists) and tied for eighth in tackles for loss (2.0). Travis recorded a career-best 12 tackles with a half tackle for loss and a pass break-up at East Carolina on Oct. 29 and notched 10 tackles and returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown at Duke on Sept. 24.
2011 C-USA FOOTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
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., Rice 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 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, Jr., 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