Four Bulldogs named to coaches preseason All-Conference USA team
Louisiana Tech was picked to finish second in its division in the Conference USA media poll released Tuesday.
Defending C-USA champion Florida Atlantic is the prohibitive favorite in the East Division, receiving 22 of a possible 26 first-place votes. Second-place Marshall garnered the remaining four first-place votes. Rounding out the poll are Middle Tennessee, Florida International, Western Kentucky, Old Dominion and Charlotte.
North Texas, which collected 18 first-place votes, is favored in the West. Tech was picked second, followed by Alabama Birmingham, Southern Mississippi and Texas San Antonio. Rice and Texas El Paso share the No. 6 spot.
FAU claimed two of the three individual awards on the preseason All-Conference team in voting conducted by the league's 14 head coaches. Junior running back Devin Singletary is the Offensive Player of the Year while senior linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair is projected as the Defensive Player of the Year.
Southern Miss senior kicker Parker Shaunfield was picked as Special Teams Player of the Year.
Tech landed four players on the preseason All-CUSA team — two on both sides of the ball.
Guard O'Shea Dugas and wide receiver Teddy Veal, a pair of seniors, represent the Bulldogs on offense.
Dugas enters his fourth year as a starter with 32 career starts. A 2016 second-team All-Conference pick, the Lafayette Northside product was limited to 10 games due to injuries.
In his first season with the Bulldogs after transferring from Tulane, Veal was named co-CUSA Newcomer of the Year after catching 74 passes for 950 yards and seven touchdowns.
Senior end Jaylon Ferguson and sophomore cornerback Amik Robertson are the Bulldogs' defensive honorees.
Ferguson, who prepped at West Feliciana, logged 39 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and a team-high seven sacks.
Starting every game as a true freshman out of Thibodaux, Robertson earned freshman All-America honors. He recorded 62 tackles with a team-high five interceptions, including a pick-6 in Tech's 51-10 Frisco Bowl victory over SMU.
Tech opens the season Saturday, Sept. 1 at South Alabama. Kickoff time is 6 p.m. in Mobile.
MEDIA DAY POLL
1. FAU (22)
2. Marshall (4)
3. Middle Tennessee
6. Old Dominion
1. North Texas (18)
2. Louisiana Tech (4)
3. UAB (3)
(first place votes in parentheses)
Offensive Player of the Year
Devin Singletary, Jr., RB, Florida Atlantic
Defensive Player of the Year
Azeez Al-Shaair, Sr., LB, Florida Atlantic
Special Teams Players of the Year
Parker Shaunfield, Sr., K, Southern Miss
QB — Mason Fine, Jr., North Texas
QB — Brent Stockstill, Sr., Middle Tennessee
RB — Spencer Brown, So., UAB
RB — Devin Singletary, Jr., Florida Atlantic
OL — Reggie Bain, Sr., Florida Atlantic
OL — Chandler Brewer, Sr., Middle Tennessee
OL — Jordan Budwig, Sr., FIU
OL — Levi Brown, Jr., Marshall
OL — O'Shea Dugas, Sr., Louisiana Tech
TE — Harrison Bryant, Jr., Florida Atlantic
WR — Tyre Brady, Sr., Marshall
WR — Jalen Guyton, Sr., North Texas
WR — Ty Lee, Jr., Middle Tennessee
WR — Teddy Veal, Sr., Louisiana Tech
DL — Jaylon Ferguson, So., Louisiana Tech
DL — Fermin Silva, Sr., FIU
DL — Kevin Strong, Jr., Sr., UTSA
DL — Oshane Ximines, Jr., Old Dominion
LB — Azeez Al-Shaair, Sr., Florida Atlantic
LB — Khalil Brooks, Jr., Middle Tennessee
LB — Chase Hancock, Sr., Marshall
LB — Josiah Tauaefa, Jr., UTSA
DB — Ben DeLuca, Jr., Charlotte
DB — Malik Grant, Jr., Marshall
DB — Shelton Lewis, Sr., Florida Atlantic
DB — Amik Robertson, So., Louisiana Tech
DB — Jalen Young, Sr., Florida Atlantic
K — Parker Shaunfield, Sr., Southern Miss
P — Jack Fox, Sr., Rice
KR — Isaiah Harper, Sr., Old Dominion
PR — Darrell Brown, Jr., Old Dominion
LS — Matt Beardall, Jr., Marshall