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December 11, 2013

TU players earn All-Conference honors




University of Tulsa senior football players Stetson Burnett, Shawn Jackson and Trey Watts earned first-team all-Conference USA honors as selected by the league's 14 coaches. Sophomore defensive back Michael Mudoh earned second team honors for the Golden Hurricane. Red-shirt freshmen Dylan Foxworth and Darnell Walker Jr. earned C-USA all-freshman team accolades.

Stetson Burnett, a 6'5", 314-pound offensive lineman from Lawton, Okla., played both guard and tackle while paving the way for the Hurricane rushing attack this season. Despite missing two games with an injury, Burnett played 663 snaps and graded over 85-percent in all 10 games this year. He had high grades against Big 12 opponents Iowa State and Oklahoma with 97 and 95-percent grades, respectively.

Shawn Jackson is a 6'0", 255-pound senior from Tulsa's McLain High School. He finished his senior season with 124 tackles to rank second in the league, including 76 solos, 18.5 tackles for -68 lost yards and 5.5 sacks for -33 yards.

Jackson also totaled a team-best five interceptions has and three fumble recoveries. The linebacker ranks seventh in the nation for solo tackles, 11th for TFLs, 12th for total tackles, 18th for interceptions and 22nd for fumble recoveries. He totaled eight double-digit tackle games on the season and 15 for his career. Jackson set school career records for sacks (23.5), TFLs (55.5) and fumble recoveries (6).

A senior running back from Fairfax, Va., Trey Watts (5'11", 200) led Tulsa in rushing and had the most rushing yards in Conference USA with 1,329 yards in 12 games. It was the second straight 1,000-yard rushing season for Watts, making him only the fourth player in school history with 1,000 yards in two separate seasons.

Watts concluded the season with five straight 100+ rushing games and totaled eight 100-yard rushing performances this season. He ranks seventh in the country for all-purpose yards, 16th for rushing yards and 18th for rushing yards per game. Watts leads C-USA in all-purpose yards with his 171.4-yard average per game.

Second-team selection Michael Mudoh (5'10", 195), a sophomore safety from Houston, Texas, led Tulsa and Conference USA in tackles with 133 stops, while he ranked seventh in the country. Mudoh totaled eight double-figure tackle games, including a season-high 17 stops in the season opener against Bowling Green.

Tulsa had two all-freshmen selections as red-shirt freshmen Dylan Foxworth and Darnell Walker Jr. were recognized. Foxworth, a 6'2", 275-pound from Claremore, Okla., started eight games as center for the Hurricane and graded over 85-percent in all eight starting assignments. Walker (5'11", 175), from Bolivar, Mo., played 11 games for the Hurricane, starting seven contests at cornerback and one game at safety. Walker collected 52 tackles, including nine solos, and added eight pass break-ups and four interceptions.

Tulsa place-kicker Carl Salazar (5'7", 161) and Watts, as a kick returner, also earned honorable mention all-Conference USA honors.

2013 C-USA ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

QB - Shane Carden, East Carolina, Jr.
RB - Charles Ross, Rice, Sr.
RB - Trey Watts, Tulsa, Sr.
OL - Stetson Burnett, Tulsa, Sr.
OL - Chris Jasperse, Marshall, Jr.
OL - Cyril Lemon, North Texas, Jr.
OL - Nate Richards, Rice, Sr.
OL - Will Simmons, East Carolina, Sr.
TE - Gator Hoskins, Marshall, Sr.
WR - Justin Hardy, East Carolina, Jr.
WR - Ryan Grant, Tulane, Sr.
WR - Tommy Shuler, Marshall, Jr.

DEFENSE
DL - Christian Covington, Rice, So.
DL - Cory Henry, Florida Atlantic, Sr.
DL - IK Enemkpali, Louisiana Tech, Sr.
DL - James Rouse, Marshall, Sr.
DL - Julius Warmsley, Tulane, Sr.
LB - T.T. Barber, Middle Tennessee, So.
LB - Shawn Jackson, Tulsa, Sr.
LB - Zach Orr, North Texas, Sr.
DB - Lorenzo Doss, Tulane, So.
DB - Phillip Gaines, Rice, Sr.
DB - D'Joun Smith, Florida Atlantic, Jr.
DB - Marcus Trice, North Texas, Sr.

SPECIAL TEAMS
K - Cairo Santos, Tulane, Sr.
P - Hunter Mullins, UAB, Jr.
KR - Brelan Chancellor, North Texas, Sr.
PR - Brelan Chancellor, North Texas, Sr.
LS - Trevor Gillette, Rice, Sr.

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE
QB - Rakeem Cato, Marshall, Jr.
RB - Vintavious Cooper, East Carolina, Jr.
RB - Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech, So.
OL - Jordan Davis, East Carolina, Sr.
OL - Garrett Scott, Marshall, Sr.
OL - Clint Van Horn, Marshall, So.
OL - Josh Walker, Middle Tennessee, Sr.
OL - Mason Y'Barbo, North Texas, Jr.
OL - Scott Inskeep, UTSA, Jr.
TE - Turner Petersen, Rice, Sr.
WR - Brelan Chancellor, North Texas, Sr.
WR - Jamarcus Nelson, UAB, Jr.
WR - Jordan Taylor, Rice, Jr.

DEFENSE
DL - Aaron Bellazin, North Texas, Sr.
DL - Greg Hickman, FIU, Sr.
DL - Lee Pegues, East Carolina, Sr.
DL - Khyri Thornton, Southern Miss, Sr.
LB - Jermaine Holmes, Marshall, Jr.
LB - Derrell Johnson, East Carolina, Sr.
LB - Andrae Kirk, Florida Atlantic, Jr.
LB - Michael Kutzler, Rice, Sr.
DB - Bryce Callahan, Rice, Jr.
DB - Damon Magazu, East Carolina, Sr.
DB - Michael Mudoh, Tulsa, So.
DB - Triston Wade, UTSA, Jr.

SPECIAL TEAMS
K - Chris Boswell, Rice, Sr.
P - Sean Kelly, Florida Atlantic, So.
KR - Autrey Golden, UTEP, So.
PR - Devon Smith, Marshall, Sr.
LS - Josh Cuthbert, Louisiana Tech, Sr.

2013 C-USA ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

OFFENSE
QB - Nick Mullens, Southern Miss
RB - Jordan Howard, UAB
RB - Aaron Jones, UTEP
OL - Jordan Budwig, FIU
OL - Josh Chester, Middle Tennessee
OL - Dylan Foxworth, Tulsa
OL - Kaydon Kirby, North Texas
OL - Michael Selby, Marshall
OL - Cameron Tom, Southern Miss
TE - Jonnu Smith, FIU
WR - Isaiah Jones, East Carolina
WR - Tyre'oune Holmes, Southern Miss

DEFENSE
DL - Codie Brooks, UTSA
DL - Jimal McBride, Middle Tennessee
DL - Demetri McGill, East Carolina
DL - Gary Thompson, Marshall
LB - Stefan Houston, Marshall
LB - Nico Marley, Tulane
LB - Dayon Pratt, East Carolina
DB - A.J. Leggett, Marshall
DB - Corey Tindal, Marshall
DB - Darnell Walker, Tulsa
DB - Xavier Woods, Louisiana Tech

SPECIAL TEAMS
K - Kyle Fischer, Louisiana Tech
P - Blake Macek, North Texas
KR - Tevin King, Louisiana Tech



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