C-USA concluded its 10th regular season this past weekend and first under the new alignment that will feature the Conference USA Inaugural Championship Game, sponsored by Xbox 360, on Dec. 3 at Noon, between UCF and Tulsa at the Florida Citrus Bowl. The game is one of four games on "Championship Saturday," that will include title games for the ACC, SEC and Big XII (all on ABC television), and the C-USA game is televised by ESPN.
Bradshaw finishes his sophomore season with just under 1,000 yards rushing (997) to lead the Herd. He now has 1,459 career rushing yards with 89 yards against Memphis in the Herd's final game, which moved him past former Herd fullback Andy Socha (1,399 yards, 1964-66) and into 16th all-time in rushing at Marshall. Chris Parker holds the all-time MU record with 5,924 yards (1992-95).
Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 997 yards in 2005 and is second team All-Conference USA.
Bradshaw also led MU in scoring with 10 touchdowns and in receiving with 56 catches. He was third on the team in receiving yards with 381 yards and led the Herd in all-purpose yards with 125.6 yards per game. His 1,382 all-purpose yards in a season is the 20th best season of all-time for a Marshall player. His two-year all-purpose yards per game average of 117.2 yards per game and is fifth-best all-time at Marshall, training only the Oakland Raiders' Randy Moss (the leader at 167.7 all-purpose yards per game over his two seasons for the Herd, 1996-97), the New England Patriots' Troy Brown (1991-92), Parker, who spent parts of three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and former MU running back Ron Darby (1986-89).
Legursky started 10 of 11 games this year, splitting time at center and guard early in the year until settling in at center, where he was a pre-season member of the Rimington Award Watch List for College Center of the Year. He has appeared in all 23 games for the Herd in two seasons and has 12 starts in that time. Hawkins, a transfer who played three seasons at North Carolina before starting for the Herd as a senior, had 28 tackles, 19 of which where solo. The cornerback had one tackle-for-loss (-3), forced one fumble and was second on the team in passes broken up with seven. He was also second on the team with a 19.7 kickoff return average and had a long return of 41 yards against Kansas State.
Marshall officials expect two more members of the Herd football team to be honored when the Conference USA All-Freshman team is released later this week. According to Herdzone.com, both punter Marty Biagi, who averaged 38.4 yards per punt in 2005, and Albert McClellan are expected to be members of the all-frosh squad. McClellan started the final four games of 2005, played in six, and had 40 tackles, 26 solo, seven tackles-for-loss (-26 yards), had three sacks (third on squad), recorded a pair of passes broken up, had a forced fumble and he recovered a fumble.
Albert McClellan is expected to be named to All-Conference USA Freshman Team later this week by league coaches and media.
Memphis senior DeAngelo Williams found his name in a familiar spot as he earned first-team running back honors for a league record third-consecutive season. Williams leads the nation in rushing yards per game at 172.6 and is second nationally with 1,726 yards. For his career, Williams sits fourth on the NCAA list with 5,788 yards and holds the NCAA record for career all-purpose yardage at 7,337.
Southern Miss had a pair of first-team defensive players, and they are brothers to boot. Senior LB Kevis Coley led the league in tackles with 144, including a league-high 78 solo stops and was joined on the defensive unit by his twin brother Trevis, a defensive back who was sixth in the league with 99 tackles. USM Senior John Eubanks shared first-team kick returner honors with Tulsa's Ashlan Davis. Eubanks' first-team honor is his third consecutive. Davis tied a 31-year old NCAA record with his sixth kickoff return for a touchdown this season. Senior Luke Johnson was the first-team punter after leading the league with a 46.5 yards per punt average.
Joining Davis on the first-team from the Golden Hurricane were senior TE Garrett Mills, senior OL Jesse Stoneman and junior DB Bobby Blackshire. Mills became the first tight end in league history to register a 1,000-yard receiving season. Mills led all tight ends nationally with 75 catches, 1,031 yards and eight touchdowns. Blackshire was second on the Golden Hurricane in tackles with 90 this season. Tulsa and Southern Miss each placed 10 players on the three all-conference teams, which was the second-most among league schools. For UCF, freshman Joe Burnett found his name in two spots on the All-C-USA first team as the rookie earned defensive back and punt returner honors. Burnett tied for the league-lead with five interceptions and led C-USA with a 14.7 punt return average, which included a 60-yard return for a score against Rice on Nov. 19. Joining Burnett from the Golden Knights on the first-team unit were junior OL Cedric Gagne-Marcoux and senior DE Paul Carrington, who tied for the league-lead with seven sacks.
Houston and East Carolina each had two players on the first team, while Rice and Tulane were both represented by one member. UTEP led the league with 11 selections on the three-team squad, placing eight on the second team and three on the third team.
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 Wednesday, November 30.
2005 C-USA FOOTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
Quarterback - Darrell Hackney, Sr., UAB
Running Backs- DeAngelo Williams, Sr., Memphis and Ryan Gilbert, Sr., Houston
Offensive Linemen- Andrew Handy, Sr., Memphis, George Batiste, Jr., Southern Miss, Jesse Stoneham, Sr., Tulsa, Matt Batusic, Sr., UAB and Cedric Gagne-Marcoux, Jr., UCF
Tight End- Garrett Mills, Sr., Tulsa
Wide Receiver- Aundrae Allison, Jr., East Carolina, Vincent Marshall, Sr., Houston and Reggie Lindsey, Sr., UAB
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
Defensive Linemen- Marcus West, Sr., Memphis, John Syptak, Sr., Rice, Larry McSwain, Jr., UAB and Paul Carrington, Sr., UCF
Linebackers- Chris Moore, Sr., East Carolina, Kevis Coley, Sr., Southern Miss and Anthony Cannon, Sr., Tulane
Defensive Backs- Wesley Smith, Jr., Memphis, Trevis Coley, Sr., Southern Miss, Bobby Blackshire, Jr., Tulsa and Joe Burnett, Fr., UCF
FIRST TEAM SPECIAL TEAMS
Placekicker- Stephen Gostkowski, Sr., Memphis
Punter- Luke Johnson, Sr., Southern Miss
Kick Returner- Ashlan Davis, Sr., Tulsa and John Eubanks, Sr., Southern Miss
Punt Returner- Joe Burnett, Fr., UCF
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
Quarterback - Jordan Palmer, Jr. UTEP
Running Backs- Ahmad Bradshaw, So., Marshall, Kevin Smith, Fr., UCF and Quinton Smith, Jr., Rice
Offensive Linemen- Doug Legursky, So., Marshall, Travis Cooley, Jr., Southern Miss, Chris McGee, Sr., Tulane, Josh House, Sr., UTEP and Jose Garcia, Sr., UTEP
Tight End- Darcy Johnson, Sr., UCF
Wide Receivers- Brandon Marshall, Sr., UCF, Mike Walker, Jr., UCF and Johnnie Lee Higgins, Jr., UTEP
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
Defensive Linemen- Kade Lane, Sr, Houston, Justin Rogers, Jr., SMU, Tom Johnson, Sr., Southern Miss and Alex Obemese, Jr., UTEP Linebackers- Nelson Coleman, So., Tulsa, Thomas Howard, Sr., UTEP and Jeremy Jones, Sr., UTEP
Defensive Backs- Chris Hawkins, Sr., Marshall, Joe Sturdivant, Jr., SMU, Brandon Sumrall, So., Southern Miss and Nick Graham, Jr., Tulsa
SECOND TEAM SPECIAL TEAMS
Placekicker- Darren McCaleb, Jr., Southern Miss
Punter- Michael Gibson, Jr., Memphis
Punt Returner - Johnnie Lee Higgins, Jr., UTEP
THIRD TEAM OFFENSE
Quarterback - Kevin Kolb, Jr., Houston
Running Backs- Uril Parrish, Sr., Tulsa and Tyler Ebell, Sr., UTEP
Offensive Linemen- Sir Vincent Rogers, So., Houston, David Douglas, Sr., Houston, Matt Traina, Sr., Tulane, Jeff Perrett, Jr., Tulsa and Julius Wilson, Jr., UAB
Tight End- Shawn Nelson, Fr., Southern Miss
Wide Receivers- Bobby Chase, Jr., SMU, Preston Brown, Jr., Tulane and Chris Francies, Sr., UTEP
THIRD TEAM DEFENSE
Defensive Linemen- Marcus Hands, So., East Carolina, Adrian Haywood, Fr., SMU, Brandon Lohr, Sr., Tulsa and Ernest Respress, Sr., UAB
Linebackers- Wade Koehl, Jr., Houston, Nick Bunting, Sr., Tulsa and Troy Collavo, Jr., UTEP
Defensive Backs- Rocky Schwartz, So., Houston and Jamey Harper, Sr., SMU, Dominique Cosper, Sr., UAB and Rolando Humphrey, Sr., SMU
THIRD TEAM SPECIAL TEAMS
Kick Returner- Jessie Henderson, Fr., SMU
Punt Returner- Vincent Marshall, Jr., Houston