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LeFors, Ghent, Russell named first team C-USA

Stefan LeFors, Ronnie Ghent and J.R. Russell were named to the first team all-Conference USA team today. Marcus Jones, Travis Lefew and Jason Spitz were honored on the second team, while Eric Shelton and Robert McCune made the all-C-USA third team. <p> <li><b><a href="http://louisville.theinsiders.com/2/208692.html">Bush heads Louisville trio on All-Freshman team</a></b></p>

Conference USA announced its 2003 All-Conference football teams today, as selected by the league's 11 head coaches and media members in each conference city. C-USA concludes its eighth regular season this weekend when Army faces Navy at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon.

Regular season champion Southern Miss placed a league-high 15 players on the all-conference teams, with eight first team selections. Eight members of the Golden Eagles nationally-ranked defense (including five first team choices) dot the list, led by linebackers Michael Boley and Rod Davis. Boley is third in C-USA in tackles with 138, while Davis is fourth with 137. Boley is tied for the league-high in tackles for loss with 22 and is second in sacks with 10, while Davis has 17 TFL's. With 499 career tackles, Davis has become the conference's all-time leading tackler. USM also produced the first team kick returner and punt returner in John Eubanks and Marvin Young, respectively.

Runner-up TCU produced 11 all-league selections with four players earning a spot on the first team. All-American kicker Nick Browne and DE Bo Schobel headline the Horned Frogs selections. Browne, who is also an academic All-American, has set a new Conference USA single-season record with 27 field goals and has scored 115 points, just one shy of that league mark. Schobel is tied for third in the nation in sacks this season, setting a new school record with 14.

Louisville and Memphis will each go into postseason play armed with eight all-league choices. Stefan LeFors becomes the third straight Cardinal quarterback to earn first team honors, following Dave Ragone and Chris Redman. In his first year as the U of L signal-caller, LeFors completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,921 yards and 15 TDs. One of his favorite targets, J.R. Russell, is listed on the first team after catching 68 passes for 1.069 yards and five scores. Louisville TE Ronnie Ghent became the first player in league history to earn first team all-conference honors in four straight seasons. The Tigers resurgence has been led by sophomore RB DeAngelo Williams, the league's leading rusher. Williams set new school and conference records by rushing for more than 100 yards in 10 consecutive games, finishing the regular season with 1,430 yards, while scoring 10 touchdowns. Defensive end Eric Taylor, who produced 76 tackles and 5.5 sacks, is one of five Memphis defensive players that earned all-league accolades.

Houston and Tulane both have seven All-Conference choices on their rosters. Center Rex Hadnot and wide receiver Brandon Middleton represent the Cougars' first team choices. Hadnot was the key blocker for true freshman QB Kevin Kolb and 1,000-yard rusher Anthony Evans, both third team choices. Middleton set a C-USA single-season record for receiving yardage with 1,225 and scored a league-high 14 touchdowns. First team Green Wave RB Mewelde Moore had his season cut short by three games, but still ran for 915 yards and scored nine TDs. He closes his collegiate career with 23 Tulane records and seven Conference USA marks. Green Wave wideout Roydell Williams, who caught 66 passes for 1,009 yards and nine touchdowns, was named to the first team, while senior QB J.P. Losman, who is tied for fourth in the nation with 33 TD passes, earned a spot on the second team.

Cincinnati, East Carolina and USF all produced six all-league picks. First team defensive end Trent Cole (75 tackles, 17 TFLs and 5.5 sacks) tops the Bearcats selections. ECU offensive lineman Brian Rimpf was chosen to the first team for the third straight season, while Pirate punter Ryan Dougherty was the only freshman to earn first team honors. USF senior J.R. Reed earned first team all-conference accolades at safety and second team honors as a kick returner. 

UAB had three all-league selections, while Army had two. Blazer junior linebacker Zac Woodfin was named to the first team after breaking his won school record for tackles with 149. Army wide receivers Aaron Alexander and William White both grabbed third team honors.

Conference USA will announce its Offensive, Defensive, and Special Teams Players of the Year, as well as the Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year on Thursday, December 4.


2003 C-USA FOOTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE
Quarterback – Stephan LeFors, Jr., Louisville 
Running Back- Mewelde Moore, Sr., Tulane
Running Back- DeAngelo Williams, So., Memphis 
Offensive Lineman- Anthony Alabi, Jr., TCU
Offensive Lineman- Rex Hadnot, Sr., Houston
Offensive Lineman- Jeremy Parquet, Sr., Southern Miss
Offensive Lineman- Brian Rimpf, Sr., East Carolina
Offensive Lineman- Kyle Takavitz, Jr., Cincinnati
Tight End- Ronnie Ghent, Sr., Louisville 
Wide Receiver- Brandon Middleton, Sr., Houston 
Wide Receiver- J.R. Russell, Jr., Louisville
Wide Receiver- Roydell Williams, Jr., Tulane 

DEFENSE
Defensive Lineman- Trent Cole, Jr., Cincinnati 
Defensive Lineman- Terrell Paul, Sr., Southern Miss
Defensive Lineman- Chad Pugh, Sr., TCU 
Defensive Lineman- Bo Schobel, Sr., TCU 
Linebacker- Michael Boley, Jr., Southern Miss
Linebacker- Rod Davis, Sr., Southern Miss 
Linebacker- Zac Woodfin, Jr., UAB 
Defensive Back- Greg Brooks, Sr., Southern Miss Defensive Back- Etric Pruitt, Sr., Southern Miss
Defensive Back- J.R. Reed, Sr., USF 
Defensive Back- Wesley Smith, So., Memphis 
SPECIAL TEAMS
Placekicker- Nick Browne, Sr., TCU 
Punter- Ryan Dougherty, Fr., East Carolina 
Kick Returner- John Eubanks, So., Southern Miss 
Punt Returner- Marvin Young, Jr., Southern Miss 


SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE
Quarterback – J.P. Losman, Sr., Tulane 
Running Back- Robert Merrill, Fr., TCU 
Running Back- Marvin Townes, Jr., East Carolina 
Offensive Lineman- Jim Hicks, Sr., Southern Miss 
Offensive Lineman- Chase Johnson, Jr., TCU 
Offensive Lineman- Travis Leffew, So., Louisville
Offensive Lineman- Matt Mattox, Sr., Houston 
Offensive Lineman- Jason Spitz, So., Louisville 
Tight End- Terrell Bowden, Sr., Southern Miss 
Wide Receiver- Maurice Avery, So., Memphis
Wide Receiver- Terrance Copper, Jr., East Carolina
Wide Receiver- Reggie Harrell, Jr., TCU 

DEFENSE
Defensive Lineman- Joe Clay, Jr., Houston 
Defensive Lineman- Andre Frazier, Jr., Cincinnati
Defensive Lineman- Marcus Jones, Jr., Louisville
Defensive Lineman- Eric Taylor, Sr., Memphis 
Linebacker- Maurice Jones, Sr., USF 
Linebacker- Chris Moore, So., East Carolina 
Linebacker- Coot Terry, Sr., Memphis 
Defensive Back- Tra Boger, Jr., Tulane 
Defensive Back- Daven Holly, Jr., Cincinnati 
Defensive Back- Zach Norton, Sr., Cincinnati 
Defensive Back- Mark Walker, Jr., TCU 

SPECIAL TEAMS
Placekicker- Nick Hayes, Jr., UAB
Punter- Chris Beckman, Fr., Tulane 
Kick Returner- J.R. Reed, Sr., USF 


THIRD TEAM

OFFENSE
Quarterback – Kevin Kolb, Fr., Houston 
Running Back- Anthony Evans, So., Houston 
Running Back- Eric Shelton, So., Louisville 
Offensive Lineman- Gene Frederic, Jr., Memphis 
Offensive Lineman- Chris McGee, So., Tulane 
Offensive Lineman- Jeremy Rone, Jr., Memphis 
Offensive Lineman- Derrick Sarosi, Jr., USF
Offensive Lineman- Chris White, Jr., Southern Miss
Offensive Lineman- Doug White, Sr., East Carolina
Tight End- Jonathan Pritchett, Sr., Houston 
Wide Receiver- Aaron Alexander, Jr., Army 
Wide Receiver- Roddy White, Jr., UAB 
Wide Receiver- Marvin Young, Jr., Southern Miss 

DEFENSE
Defensive Lineman- Ronald Jones, Sr., Southern Miss 
Defensive Lineman- Robert Pollard, Sr., TCU
Defensive Lineman- Eric Scott, Jr., Southern Miss
Defensive Lineman- Lee Roy Selmon, Sr., USF 
Linebacker- Derrick Ballard, Sr., Memphis
Linebacker- Jamar Enzor, Jr., Cincinnati
Linebacker- Robert McCune, Jr., Louisville 
Defensive Back- Marvin Godbolt, Jr., TCU 
Defensive Back- Sean Lucas, So., Tulane 
Defensive Back- Alex Ray, Sr., Southern Miss 
Defensive Back- Kevin Verpaele, Sr., USF 
Defensive Back- Scott Vogel, Jr., Memphis 

SPECIAL TEAMS
Kick Returner- William White, Jr., Army 
Punt Returner- Cory Rodgers, Fr., TCU


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