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2011 CFN Midseason Sun Belt Rundown
FIU WR T.Y. Hilton
FIU WR T.Y. Hilton
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Oct 21, 2011


The All-Sun Belt team, top players, games, and more at the midseason

2011 Sun Belt Midseason Roundup

2011 Midseason Roundups All-America Team | ACC | Big Ten | Big East | Big 12
CUSA | Ind | MAC | M-West | Pac-12 | SEC | Sun Belt | WAC

Arkansas State | Florida Atlantic | Florida International | MTSU
North Texas | Troy | UL Lafayette | UL Monroe | Western Kentucky
 
Offensive Player of the Midseason  
WR T.Y. Hilton, Sr. FIU

Defensive Player of the Midseason
LB Andrew Jackson, Soph. WKU

Ten Best Players At The Midseason
1. WR T.Y. Hilton, Sr. FIU
2. LB Andrew Jackson, Soph. WKU
3. RB Bobby Rainey, Sr. WKU
4. WR Dwayne Frampton, Sr. Arkansas State
5. LB Winston Fraser, Sr. FIU
6. LB Lance Kelly, Sr. Louisiana-Lafayette
7. S Darius Prelow, Sr. ULM
8. QB Corey Robinson, Soph. Troy
9. QB Logan Kilgore, Soph. MT
10. LB Brandon Trawick, Jr. Troy

2011 CFN Midseason Offense
QB - Corey Robinson, Soph. Troy
RB - Bobby Rainey, Sr. WKU
RB – Kedrick Rhodes, Soph. FIU
WR - Dwayne Frampton, Sr. Arkansas State
WR - T.Y. Hilton, Sr. FIU
TE – Jack Doyle, Jr. WKU
OL - James Brown, Sr. Troy
OL - Tom Castilaw, Sr. Arkansas State
OL - Wes Jeffries, Sr. WKU
OL - Kyle Wilborn, Jr. Troy
OL - Mike Williams, Sr. Middle Tenn.
PK – Brett Baer, Jr. Louisiana-Lafayette
KR – John Evans, Fr. WKU

2011 CFN Midseason Defense
DL - Derreck Dean, Sr. Louisiana-Lafayette
DL – John Robles, Sr. Troy
DL - Bernard Smith, Sr. Louisiana-Lafayette
LB/DL – Brandon Akpunku, Sr. North Texas
LB - Winston Fraser, Sr. FIU
LB - Andrew Jackson, Soph. WKU
LB – Lance Kelley, Sr. Louisiana-Lafayette
DB – Royce Hill, Sr. North Texas
DB - Darius Prelow, Sr. ULM
DB – Eric Russell, Sr. Middle Tennessee
DB - Brandon Trawick, Jr. Troy
P – Will Atterberry, Jr. North Texas
PR – Darryl Surgent, Soph. Louisiana-Lafayette

Three Biggest Surprises
1. Louisiana-Lafayette. There was a ton of work to be done for Mark Hudspeth and the new coaching staff, but everything came together right away. The loss to Oklahoma State to open the season isn’t all that bad, and then everything has fallen into place ever since. There are problems on both sides of the ball, but the Ragin’ Cajuns are finding ways to win.
2. Arkansas State. The Red Wolves were supposed to be decent, but head coach Hugh Freeze has put together a terrific team off to the best start in its history. At 5-2 overall and 3-0 in Sun Belt play, they’re in the hunt for the title.
3. North Texas 24, Indiana 21. Dan McCarney’s first win as the Mean Green head coach wasn’t supposed to come over a team from the Big Ten, but he’ll take it. UNT had shown nothing to suggest it could’ve pulled a win off a BCS team.

Three Biggest Disappointments
1. Troy and its offense. The Trojans always put out big-time offenses that make up for a slew of other mistakes. Instead, the Trojans have been a nightmare on both sides of the ball on the way to a 2-4 start and a 1-2 Sun Belt start. It’s rebuilding time.
2. FIU’s collapse. After destroying North Texas and beating Louisville and UCF, the Golden Panthers appeared ready to dominate the Sun Belt. Instead, they lost at home to the Ragin’ Cajuns, and then came the loss to Arkansas State to all but end the repeat hopes.
3. Florida Atlantic. No one was expecting a championship, but the Owls have been one of the nation’s worst teams over the first half. The lowlight came against Michigan State, losing 44-0 and coming up with 51 yards of total offense and one first down.

The Sun Belt Champion Will Be ... Arkansas State

Three Best Games of the First Half
1. 10/8 WKU 36 … at Middle Tennessee 33 2OT
2. 9/3 at Purdue 27 … Middle Tennessee 24
3. 9/24 at Troy 38 … Middle Tennessee 35

Worst Game of the First Half
Sept. 10 - Michigan State 44, Florida Atlantic 0

Coach of the Midseason
(tie) Hugh Freeze, Arkansas State and Mark Hudspeth, Louisiana-Lafayette

Three Best Performances So Far
1. FIU WR T.Y. Hilton caught seven passes for 132 yards and a score, ran two times for 49 yards, returned two kickoffs for 92 yards, and returned two punts for ten yards in the 41-16 win over North Texas.
2. Louisiana-Lafayette QB Blaine Gautier made 26-of-33 passes for 329 yards and two scores, and ran ten times for 31 yards in the win over Florida Atlantic.
3. Arkansas State WR Dwayne Frampton caught 13 passes for 147 yards and a score in the win over ULM.

Top Freshman
LB Andrae Kirk, Florida Atlantic

Three Big Calls For The Second Half
1. Lance Dunbar will bounce back. The North Texas star hasn’t been awful over the first half of the year with 533 yards and four scores, but he hasn’t been sensational. He’ll be sensational over the final month.
2. Arkansas State will run the regular season table to finish 10-2.
3. Western Kentucky linebacker Andrew Jackson will be the Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year, and running back Bobby Rainey will be the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year.

Best Remaining Conference Game
Nov. 12 – Louisiana-Lafayette at Arkansas State

Week 7 Fearless Predictions
Western Kentucky at Florida Atlantic
North Texas at Louisiana-Lafayette
ULM at Troy

Week 6 Fearless Predictions
WKU at Middle Tennessee
FIU at Akron
Troy at Louisiana-Lafayette
Arkansas State at ULM
Florida Atlantic at North Texas

Week 5 Fearless Predictions
Arkansas State at WKU
Florida Atlantic at Louisiana-Lafayette
North Texas at Tulsa
Duke at FIU
Memphis at Middle Tennessee
UAB at Troy

Week 4 Fearless Predictions
- ULM at Iowa
- Middle Tennessee at Troy
- Louisiana at FIU
- Indiana at North Texas
- Central Arkansas at Arkansas State
- Florida Atlantic at Auburn

Week 3 Fearless Predictions & Previews
- Indiana State at WKU
- Nicholls State at Louisiana
- Arkansas State at Virginia Tech
- Houston at Louisiana Tech
- North Texas at Alabama
- ULM at TCU
- Troy at Arkansas

Week 2 Fearless Predictions
- FIU at Louisville -4
- Florida Atlantic at Michigan State -32.5
- Louisiana at Kent State -9.5  
- Houston -22.5 at North Texas
- Georgia Tech -11 at Middle Tenn
- Memphis at Arkansas State -15
- Navy -10 at WKU
- Grambling State at ULM  

Week 1 Fearless Predictions
- North Texas at FIU | Kentucky at Western Kentucky
- Middle Tennessee at Purdue | UL Monroe at Florida State  
- Troy at Clemson | Arkansas State at Illinois
- Florida Atlantic at Florida | Louisiana at Oklahoma State