WKU with four on preseason All C-USA Team

Four Hilltoppers were selected to the 2015 Conference USA preseason All-Conference team, highlighted by quarterback Brandon Doughty being chosen as the preseason Offensive Player of the Year

Entering its second season in Conference USA and expected to compete for the title this fall, Western Kentucky saw four of its players named to the leagues preseason team on Tuesday.

The selections were highlighted by the naming of senior quarterback Brandon Doughty as the preseason C-USA Offensive Player of the Year. Joining him on the preseason team are three fellow seniors, running back Leon Allen, wide receiver Jared Dangerfield and defensive back Wonderful Terry.

Doughty, the reigning Conference USA MVP, became the first Hilltopper to garner preseason Player of the Year honors. Former WKU linebacker Andrew Jackson was chosen as the Sun Belt Conference’s Preseason Defensive Player of the Year prior to the 2013 season.

A Maxwell Award Watch List member, Doughty led the nation with 4,830 passing yards and 49 touchdowns in 2014 while leading the Hilltoppers to an 8-5 record and their first FBS bowl win in program history.

One of Doughty's favorite targets, Jared Dangerfield set new WKU single-season records with 69 receptions and 11 touchdowns in his first season in Bowling Green. He started all 13 games and finished the year with a team-high 825 yards, which included a pair of 100-yard outings, earning Second Team All C-USA honors.

Leon Allen became the fifth consecutive WKU running back to eclipse the 1,500 yards mark when he rushed for 1,542 yards last fall, a total that ranked 18th best in the nation. Also a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield, Allen registered 2,018 yards from a scrimmage, a total that led C-USA and ranked seventh nationally. He was a Second Team All C-USA selection in 2014.

Like Dangerfield, Wonderful Terry also made a big impact during his first year at WKU. Terry, a Second Team All C-USA choice last fall, recorded three defensive touchdowns, two of which came in game-sealing or game-winning fashion. He totaled two interceptions and had three tackles for a loss.

Entire Team

Offensive Player of the Year
Brandon Doughty, Sr., QB, WKU

 

Defensive Player of the Year
Richard Leonard, Sr., DB, FIU

 

Special Teams Player of the Year
Autrey Golden, Sr., KR, UTEP

 

First Team Offense
QB          Brandon Doughty, Sr., WKU
RB          Leon Allen, Sr., WKU
RB          Kenneth Dixon, Sr., Louisiana Tech
RB          Devon Johnson, Sr., Marshall
RB          Aaron Jones, Jr., UTEP
OL          Jordan Budwig, Jr., FIU
OL          Darius Johnson, Sr., Middle Tennessee
OL          Kaydon Kirby, Jr., North Texas
OL          Andrew Reue,  Sr., Rice
OL          Clint Van Horn, Jr., Marshall
WR         Jared Dangerfield, Sr., WKU
WR         Carlos Harris, Sr., North Texas
WR         Zach Pascal, Jr., Old Dominion
WR         Trent Taylor, Jr., Louisiana Tech
TE          Jonnu Smith, Jr., FIU

 

First Team Defense
DL          Vernon Butler, Sr., Louisiana Tech
DL          Jason Neill, Sr., UTSA
DL          Jarquez Samuel, Sr., Marshall
DL          Michael Smith, Sr., Southern Miss
DL          Michael Wakefield, Sr., FIU
LB           T.T. Barber, Sr., Middle Tennessee
LB           Drew Douglas, UTSA
LB           D.J. Hunter, Sr., Marshall
DB          Kevin Byard, Sr., Middle Tennessee
DB          Crevon Leblanc, Florida Atlantic
DB          Richard Leonard, Sr., FIU
DB          Bennett Okotcha, Sr., UTSA
DB          Wonderful Terry, Sr., WKU
DB          Xavier Woods, Jr., Louisiana Tech

 

First Team Special Teams
K             Trevor Moore, So., North Texas
P             Tyler Williams,, Sr., Marshall

KR          Autrey Golden, Jr., UTEP PR          Richard Leonard, Sr., FIU LS           Matt Cincotta, Sr., Marshall


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