Marshall Has 4 On C-USA All-Freshman Football Team for 2016


HUNTINGTON — Conference USA has announced its 2016 All-Freshman football team, as selected by the league’s 13 head football coaches.  Marshall, Old Dominion and UTEP produced a league-high four players on the team, while Florida Atlantic and C-USA West Division champ Louisiana Tech each had three players selected to the league’s freshman team. All told, 12 C-USA teams were represented on the all-freshman squad.

Marshall’s four selections were spread across all three phases, with one offensive, two defensive and one special teams player named to the team.  Center Levi Brown (11 starts from game 1-11), defensive end Ty Tyler (20 tackles, 7 TFL – 3rd on team, 2.5 QBS, 2 FR and 1 FF), cornerback Chris Jackson (37 tackles, 4.0 TFL, 1.5 QBS, 6 PBU and 2 INT) and long snapper Matt Beardall (took over in game 4, nine straight games started) are the four Thundering Herd standouts named to the squad.

Three of Old Dominion’s four selections came on special teams.  Placekicker Brad Davis (9-of-10 in field goal attempts),  punter Bailey Cate and punt returner Darrell Brown represent the Monarchs, along with offensive lineman Devin Hannan.

UTEP placed three defensive players on the rookie squad, along with one offensive lineman.  The Miners are represented by defensive lineman Chris Richardson, linebacker Jayson VanHook (36 tackles, 5.5 TFL’s) and defensive back Justin Rogers, along with offensive lineman Greg Long.

Two skill position players and a special teams member represent Florida Atlantic on the team.  Running back Devin Singletary (1,021 yards, 12 touchdowns) and tight end Harrison Bryant are joined by Owls kick returner Kerrith Whyte.

Louisiana Tech is represented by offensive lineman Ethan Reed, defensive linemanEric Kendzior and defensive back Ephraim Kitchen (31 tackles and 4 pass breakups in eight games).

Charlotte and North Texas each had two players votes to the team, with linebackerTyriq Harris and defensive back Ben DeLuca (third on the team with 68 tackles) representing the 49ers, and quarterback Mason Fine (1,572 passing yards, 6 passing TDs, 2 rushing TDs) and defensive lineman LaDarius Hamilton being named from the Mean Green.

Middle Tennessee defensive lineman Tyshun Render, Southern Miss offensive lineman Ty Pollard, UTSA linebacker Josiah Tauaefa (team-leading 104 tackles, 5 sacks) and WKU running back Quinton Baker (533 yards, 4 TDs) round out the All-Freshman selections.

The league’s individual awards will be released Wednesday, December 7.  Conference USA will conclude the 2016 season by sending a record seven teams to bowl games.


Chris Jackson dives for end zone on interception return, and was a C-USA All-Freshman team member, 1-of-4 for the Herd. (HI photo by Greg Perry)


QB – Mason Fine, North Texas
RB – Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic
RB – Quinton Baker, WKU
OL – Ethan Reed, Louisiana Tech
OL – Levi Brown, Marshall
OL – Devin Hannan, Old Dominion
OL – Ty Pollard, Southern Miss
OL – Greg Long, UTEP
TE – Harrison Bryant, Florida Atlantic
WR – Stantley Thomas, FIU
WR – Ty Lee, Middle Tennessee


Tony Pittman leaps for open space behind block by 61, center Levi Brown, who was named to the All-Frosh team for C-USA. Other linemen in photo include Jordan Dowrey (58), Michael Selby (54) and AJ Addison (74). (HI photo by Greg Perry)

DL – Eric Kendzior, Louisiana Tech
DL – Ty Tyler, Marshall
DL – Tyshun Render, Middle Tennessee
DL – LaDarius Hamilton, North Texas
DL – Chris Richardson, UTEP
LB – Tyriq Harris, Charlotte
LB – Jayson VanHook, UTEP
LB – Josiah Tauaefa, UTSA
DB – Ben DeLuca, Charlotte
DB – Ephraim Kitchen, Louisiana Tech
DB – Chris Jackson, Marshall
DB – Justin Rogers, UTEP

K – Brad Davis, Old Dominion
P – Bailey Cate, Old Dominion
KR – Kerrith Whyte, Florida Atlantic
PR – Darrell Brown, Old Dominion
LS – Matt Beardall, Marshall

About Woody Woodrum

Senior Editor and columnist/writer for Herd Insider since 2003, with Kindred Communications on radio for Marshall football/men's basketball pregame and postgame shows since 1996 and with First Sentry Bank Sportsline (Also Scott on Sports, Sideline Sports and Herd Insider Sportsline) since 1997. Married to Liz (12-22-1990) and one son, Tre' (11-7-1997). National Sportswriters & Sportscasters West Virginia Broadcaster of the Year winner for radio, 2000; won W.Va. Broadcasters Best Talk Show in 2013 with co-host Paul Swann and W.Va. Broadcasters Best Play-by-Play in 2015 with Jason Toy (Huntington at South Charleston, state AAA semifinals). Member of (College) Football Writers Association of America, (College) Basketball Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Color commentator for Marshall football (1999-2000), for Marshall basketball (2004-2016) and Marshall baseball (2004-2016). Color for high school football at Spring Valley (1999-2008), Cabell Midland (2009-2012) and Huntington (W.Va.) High School (2013-2016).

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