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SAN ANTONIO – Conference USA has put together its All-Conference team, voted by its 14 head coaches. The UTSA Roadrunners nailed six players on the team.

The Roadrunners went 6-5 during the regular season led by its NFL-hopefull defensive end Marcus Davenport.

It is the third time Davenport, from San Antonio Stevens High School, has been named to the all-conference team. With it, he becomes the third Roadrunner to earn first-team all-conference honors. The other two he is joining  are Josiah Tauaefa (2016 C-USA) and Triston Wade (2012 WAC).

Davenport gathered 55 tackles and set school records with 17.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks in 2017. Davenport has  accepted an invitation to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl on Jan. 27.

Roadrunner defensive lineman Kevin Strong Jr., also made the list on the second-team for the first time in his career. Strong Jr., made 27 tackles this year, seven of those for a loss and three sacks. His best game came against Texas State, when with 2.5 tackles for loss.

Three players, La’kel Bass, Nate Gaines and Jared Sackett, all received honorable mention.

Bass led UTSA with 68 tackles. The senior from St. Louis, Mo., had 56 of those, five TFLs and two fumble recoveries in conference play.

Gaines posted 41 tackles,and had a team-leading four interceptions, which tied the program’s single-season record. In Conference-USA play, he had three of those interceptions and 80 percent of his tackles.

Sackett, a walk-on, played admirably down the stretch. He helped UTSA in wins and even scored all of its points in a 9-7 win over Marshall.

The freshman was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award semifinalist and was also was voted to the C-USA All-Freshman Team. His 19 made field goals on 86.4 percent was a school-record.

No UTSA offensive players were chosen, not a surprise there but its defense was one of the best around. In 11 games, it allowed just 287.8 yards total and 17 points a game.

Longsnapper Matt Bayliss was also named to the second-team for the second time in his career. Last year, Bayliss was named to the honorable mention team. This year, he played more than 90 snaps and had no mistakes.

Below is the list of the teams. In bold are UTSA and other Texas school players.

2017 C-USA FOOTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

QB – Mason Fine, So., North Texas

RB – Devin Singletary, So., Florida Atlantic

RB – Ito Smith, Sr., Southern Miss

OL – Reggie Bain, R-Jr., Florida Atlantic

OL – Roman Fernandez, R-Sr., Florida Atlantic

OL – Antonyo Woods, Sr., Florida Atlantic

OL – Will Hernandez, Sr., UTEP

OL – Brandon Ray, R-Sr., WKU

TE – Ryan Yurachek, Sr., Marshall

WR – Thomas Owens, Sr., FIU

WR – Tyre Brady, R-Jr., Marshall

WR – Korey Robertson, Jr., Southern Miss

 

DEFENSE

DL – Jaylon Ferguson, Jr., Louisiana Tech

DL – Oshane Ximines, Jr., Old Dominion

DL – Brian Womac, Sr., Rice

DL – Marcus Davenport, Sr., UTSA

LB – Azeez Al-Shaair, Jr., Florida Atlantic

LB – Emmanuel Ellerbee, Sr., Rice

LB – Joel Iyiegbuniwe, Jr., WKU

DB – Jalen Young, Jr., Florida Atlantic

DB – Shelton Lewis, Jr., Florida Atlantic

DB – Secdrick Cooper, Sr., Louisiana Tech

DB – Darious Williams, R-Jr., UAB

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

K – Parker Shaunfield, Jr., Southern Miss

P – Kaare Vedvik, R-Sr., Marshall

KR – Isaiah Harper, Jr., Old Dominion

PR – Darrell Brown, So., Old Dominion

LS – Cameron Linck, GS, Louisiana Tech

 

 

SECOND TEAM

 

OFFENSE

QB – Mike White, Gr-Sr., WKU

RB – Jeffery Wilson, Sr., North Texas

RB – Spencer Brown, Fr., UAB

OL – Jordan Budwig, Sr., FIU

OL – O’Shea Dugas, Jr., Louisiana Tech

OL – Levi Brown, R-So., Marshall

OL – Devin Farrior, Sr., Southern Miss

OL – Chris Schleuger, R-Sr., UAB

TE – Harrison Bryant, So., Florida Atlantic

WR – Teddy Veal, R-Jr., Louisiana Tech

WR – Ty Lee, So., Middle Tennessee

WR – Jalen Guyton, R-So., North Texas

 

DEFENSE

DL – Fermin Silva, Jr., FIU

DL – Ryan Bee, Sr., Marshall

DL – Xavier Thigpen, Sr., Southern Miss

DL – Kevin Strong Jr, Jr., UTSA

LB – Anthony Wint, Sr., FIU

LB – Chase Hancock, R-Jr., Marshall

LB – Khalil Brooks, R-So., Middle Tennessee

DB – Brad Muhammad, Sr., FIU

DB – Amik Robertson, Fr., LA Tech

DB – Malik Gant, R-So., Marshall

DB – Curtis Mikell, Sr., Southern Miss

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

K – Trevor Moore, Sr., North Texas

P – Jack Fox, Jr., Rice

KR – Keion Davis, R-Jr., Marshall

PR – Austin Trammell, Fr., Rice

LS – Matt Bayliss, Sr. UTSA

 

 

HONORABLE MENTION (UTSA players only)

 

DEFENSE

LB – La’Kel Bass, Sr., UTSA

DB – Nate Gaines, Sr., UTSA

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

K – Jared Sackett, Fr., UTSA

 

Gerald Tracy is an assistant editor of Texas football for TexasHSFootball, covering prep football in the San Antonio region. Follow Gerald on Twitter, @GTracySports, and read more of his content here.

 

 

 

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