The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

July 17, 2013

Herd’s Cato named preseason C-USA offensive player of year

Hoskins, Shuler, Williams also honored by league

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2013 C-USA FOOTBALL COACHES PRESEASON AWARDS

Offensive Player of the Year

Rakeem Cato, Jr., QB, Marshall

Defensive Player of the Year

Phillip Gaines, Sr., DB, Rice

Special Teams Player of the Year

Cairo Santos, Sr., K, Tulane

First Team Offense

QB Rakeem Cato, Jr., Marshall

RB Vintavious Cooper, Sr., East Carolina

RB Darrin Reaves, Jr., UAB

OL Jake Alexander, Jr., Tulsa

OL Stetson Burnett, Sr., Tulsa

OL Scott Inskeep, Jr., UTSA

OL Nate Richards, Sr., Rice

OL Matt Shepperd, Jr., Louisiana Tech

OL Will Simmons, Sr., East Carolina

WR Justin Hardy, Jr., East Carolina

WR Ryan Grant, Sr., Tulane

WR Tommy Shuler, Jr., Marshall

TE Gator Hoskins, Sr., Marshall

First Team Defense

DL Christian Covington, So., Rice

DL Justin Ellis, Sr., Louisiana Tech

DL Greg Hickman, Sr., FIU

DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches, DL, Southern Miss

LB Shawn Jackson, Sr., Tulsa

LB Derrell Johnson, Sr., East Carolina

LB Andre Kirk, Jr., Florida Atlantic

DB Kevin Byard, So., Middle Tennessee

DB Lorenzo Doss, So., Tulane

DB Phillip Gaines, Sr., Rice

DB Marco Nelson, Sr., Tulsa

First Team Special Teams

K Cairo Santos, Sr., Tulane

P Tyler Williams, So., Marshall

KR Reggie Whatley, Jr., Middle Tennessee

PR Trey Watts, Sr., Tulsa

PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

EAST DIVISION

1. East Carolina (11) 95

2. Marshall (2) 82

3. Middle Tennessee (1) 70

4. UAB 54

5. Southern Miss 40

6. Florida Atlantic 28

7. FIU 23

WEST DIVISION

1. Tulsa (14) 98

2. Rice 76

3. Louisiana Tech 72

4. UTEP 46

5. North Texas 39

6. Tulane 31

7. UTSA 30

(first place votes in parantheses)

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