NEW ORLEANS – Tulane wide receiver Roydell Williams and safety Tra Boger were named to the 2004 preseason All-Conference USA team, the league office announced Monday. The team was selected in a vote by Conference USA coaches.
Williams and Boger both earned all-league honors a year ago as Williams was a first team All-Conference USA choice at wide receiver while Boger was a second team selection after leading Tulane in tackles.
Williams, a senior from LaPlace, La., became the fifth player in Tulane history to gain 1,000 receiving yards in a season with 1,006 yards on 66 catches a year ago. He caught nine touchdown passes and recorded five 100-yard receiving days. He ranked third in the league in receptions and receiving yards per game. He ranks seventh all-time at Tulane in catches and is fifth in receiving yards while his 23 TD catches are tied for fourth on the career charts. He enters the 2004 season having caught a pass in the mopst recent 27 straight games in which he has played.
Boger's career-high 133 tackles in 2003 ranked him fourth in Conference USA while his four forced fumbles were the third-highest average in the league. He also recovered a pair of fumbles, broke up six passes and intercepted three. The Decatur, Ga. senior led Tulane in tackles five times last season.
Memphis' DeAngelo Williams was the coaches' choice as the preseason Offensive Player of the Year while Southern Miss' Michael Boley was tabbed as the preseason Defensive Player of the Year and kick returner John Eubanks of USM got the nod as the Special Teams Player. Louisville (106 votes) edged out Memphis (101 votes) as the preseason choice to win the league title. 2003 champ Southern Miss was third (100 votes) and TCU (99 votes) fourth, despite garnering more first place votes (four) than any other team. The Green Wave was picked to finish ninth by league coaches.
Tulane kicks off the 2004 season Saturday, Sept. 4 at Mississippi State in a game that will be televised by ESPN2. The Green Wave returns to New Orleans Sept. 11 for the home opener versus Florida A&M at 6 p.m. in the Louisiana Superdome before taking on C-USA preseason favorite Louisville at home Sept. 18th.
Season, as well as single game, tickets for the 2004 schedule are on sale now through the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office in the James Wilson Center, or by calling 504-861-WAVE.
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Williams, Boger Named To Preseason All C-USA Team
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