IRVING, Texas (SMU) – SMU senior punter Thomas Morstead was selected to the All-Conference USA preseason team, as announced by the league's coaches on Wednesday. Morstead continues to garner preseason honors and has already received similar accolades by both Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook and Phil Steele's College Football Preview.
Morstead led Conference USA and ranked ninth in the nation with a 44.6-yard average and helped SMU rank second nationally in net punting in 2007. His average was the third best in a single season ever on the Hilltop and his current career average (44.3) is best all-time at SMU. Of his 57 punts last season, 21 landed inside the 20, only four were touchbacks and only 18 were returned for positive yardage.
2008 C-USA FOOTBALL COACHES PRESEASON AWARDS
Offensive Player of the Year Damion Fletcher, RB, Southern Miss
Defensive Player of the Year Gerald McRath, LB, Southern Miss
First Team OffenseQB Chase Clement, Sr., Rice RB Tarrion Adams, Sr., Tulsa RB Damion Fletcher, Jr., Southern Miss OL Patrick Brown, Sr., UCF OL Robby Felix, Sr., UTEP OL Ryan McKee, Sr., Southern Miss OL Doug Palmer, Jr., East Carolina OL Brandon Pearce, Sr., Memphis WR Duke Calhoun, Jr., Memphis WR Jarett Dillard, Sr., Rice WR Brennan Marion, Sr., Tulsa WR Jeff Moturi, Jr., UTEP TE Cody Slate, Jr., Marshall
First Team DefenseDL Albert McClellan, Sr., Marshall DL Moton Hopkins, Sr., Tulsa DL Philip Hunt, Sr., Houston DL Zach Slate, Sr., East Carolina DL C.J. Wilson, Jr., East Carolina LB Joe Henderson, Sr., UAB LB Gerald McRath, Jr., Southern Miss LB Brian Raines, Sr., Rice DB Will Dunbar, Sr., UAB DB Kenneth Fontenette, Sr., Houston DB Andrew Sendejo, Jr., Rice DB C.J. Spillman, Sr., Marshall
First Team Special TeamsK Jose Martinez, Sr., UTEP P Thomas Morstead, Sr., SMU KR Darius Marshall, So., Marshall PR Joe Burnett, Sr., UCF