IRVING, Texas — Beckley native Doug Legursky had yet another preseason honor bestowed upon him.

Marshall’s center was named to the Conference USA preseason team as voted by the league’s 12 coaches, it was announced Tuesday. Legursky was joined on the team by Thundering Herd defensive end Albert McClellan, who was tabbed the conference’s preseason defensive player of the year.

Legursky, a 6-foot-3, 311-pound senior, has played in all 35 games of his college career, which began when he was a true freshman in 2004. He started every game of his sophomore and junior seasons. He was a first-team all-conference pick last year.

Legursky is on the preseason watch lists for the Rimington and Outland trophies as well as the Lombardi Award. In 2004, he was named the Hunt Award winner at Woodrow Wilson as the state’s top lineman.

McClellan is coming off a big sophomore season in which he was named the league’s defensive player of the year. A 6-2, 225-pound junior, McClellan led C-USA with 11 sacks and 19 tackles for loss. He totaled 77 tackles on the year.

He joins Legursky on the Lombardi watch list, and is also a candidate for Bronko Nagurski Trophy.

The Thundering Herd, 5-7 last year, was picked to finish fourth in the East division. Southern Miss was selected to win the division, followed by East Carolina and Central Florida. Memphis and Alabama-Birmingham follow Marshall.

Houston was tabbed as the West champion, followed by Tulsa, Southern Methodist, Texas El-Paso, Rice and Tulane.

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