15 Hilltoppers named to All-Conference USA teams


Conference USA has announced their post-season All-Conference teams, and there are quite a few Hilltoppers who have made the cut. After an, interesting, inaugural year in the conference, the Tops were able to land players on the C-USA All-Conference Second Team, All-Conference Honorable Mention and All-Conference Freshman Team.

Surprisingly, no – none, zlich, zero, nada, nine….get the point? – no Hilltoppers were named to the C-USA First Team All-Conference. Even good ol’ Chad Bishop seemed surprised by this.

They did, however, get five guys named to the All-Conference Second Team in Brandon Doughty (who lost to Marshall’s Rakeem Cato for First Team recognition), Leon Allen (who lost out to Devon Johnson and Jordan Howard – not even Kenneth Dixon, who joined Allen on the Second Team), Jared Dangerfield, Cameron Clemmons and Wonderful Terry.

The Tops had seven guys get named honorable mention – Forrest Lamp, Mitchell Henry, Taywan Taylor, Nick Holt, Cam Thomas, Garrett Schwettman and Nolan Dowling.

As for the freshmen, Brandon Ray, Derik Overstreet and Kylen Towner were honored, the first honor of any sort in those three’s first year.

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Obviously, the biggest snub form the First Team is Doughty, who’s only the nation’s leading passer in yards and touchdowns and kept the Tops in every game except the blow out to the hands of Louisiana Tech. Cato, yes is a senior and yes lead Marshall to a near perfect season, but I don’t know. My vote has to go to Doughty. (Also, WKU is the new kid on the block, so maybe it’s because Cato is with Marshall? I don’t know.)

Also, I’m a little surprised that Terry didn’t get onto the First Team defense. He’s a two-time C-USA defensive player of the week, and was consistently the Tops’ best defensive contributor.

I guess you can’t complain too much about the respect (or, depending on how you look at it, lackthereof) in a season that saw them have more ups and downs than…than…than something with a lot of ups and downs.

Oh, and as you probably already guessed, the 15 Tops’ honored is a WKU FBS record. But that’s just a formality.

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