2012 C-USA Preview - All-Conference USA Team
SMU RB Zach Line
SMU RB Zach Line
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Posted Aug 13, 2012


Preview 2012 - CFN All-Conference USA Team & Top 30 Players


Preview 2012

CFN All-C-USA Team & Top Players

 
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- 2012 SMU Preview | 2012 Tulane Preview 
- 2012 Tulsa Preview | 2012 UTEP Preview

- 2012 C-USA Preview
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- 2012 CFN All-C-USA Team & Top 30 Players
- 2012 C-USA East Team By Team Looks & Predicted Finish  
- 2012 C-USA West Team By Team Looks & Predicted Finish  

2012 Preseason C-USA Offensive Player of the Year

RB Zach Line, Sr. SMU

Zach is back, and all is right with the SMU ground game heading into 2012. After missing the final three games of 2011 to a toe injury, Line is healthy again. The 6-1, 230-pound battering ram has rumbled for more than 2,700 yards on the ground over the past two seasons, while racking up 34 career touchdowns. He has a thick frame, particularly in the lower body, which he uses to shed tacklers en route to yards after contact. Like a smaller, quicker version of former Purdue great Mike Alstott, Line doesn’t make people miss often, but he hits the hole so quickly that he often doesn’t absorb contact until getting to the second level. If he can improve his pass-catching skills, there might be a job for him in the NFL.

2012 Preseason C-USA Defensive Player of the Year
 
DE/LB Jamie Collins, Sr. Southern Miss

The converted linebacker wound up being a perfect fit for the hybrid position, notching 98 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, a 97-yard pick-six and eight pass breakups. At 6-4 and 239 pounds, he has long arms and uncommon speed for a player his size. Collins also has a great work ethic and feel for the game, which has not been lost on the new coaching staff.

First Team Preseason
All-CUSA Offense

QB - David Piland, Soph. Houston
RB - Zach Line, Sr. SMU
RB - Charles Sims, Jr. Houston
WR - Darius Johnson, Sr. SMU
WR - Tracey Lampley, Sr. USM
TE - Vance McDonald, Sr. Rice
OL - Jacolby Ashworth, Sr. Houston
OL - Chris Hubbard, Sr. UAB
OL - Will Simmons, Jr. ECU
OL – Phil Smith, Sr. UCF
OL - Jason Weaver, Sr. USM
PK – Ty Long, Soph. UAB
KR - Rannell Hall, Soph. UCF

First Team Preseason
All-CUSA Defense

DL/LB - Jamie Collins, Sr. USM
DL - Troy Davis, Sr. UCF
DL - Victor Gray, Jr. UCF
DL - Khyri Thornton, Jr. USM
LB - Ja’Gared Davis, Sr. SMU
LB - Jonathan Davis, Sr. UCF
LB - Jeremy Grove, Soph. ECU
DB - D.J. Hayden, Sr. Houston
DB - Kemal Ishmael, Sr. UCF
DB - Dexter McCoil, Sr. Tulsa
DB - Deron Wilson, Jr. USM
P - Ian Campbell, Sr. UTEP
PR – Tracy Lampley, Sr. USM

Second Team Preseason
All-CUSA Offense

QB - Cody Green, Sr. Tulsa
RB - Orleans Darkwa, Jr. Tulane
RB - Latavius Murray, Sr. UCF
WR - Aaron Dobson, Sr. Marshall
WR - Justin Hardy, Soph. ECU
TE - Luke Willson, Sr. Rice
OL - Jordan Devey, Sr. Memphis
OL - Joe Duhon, Sr. USM
OL - Trent Dupy, Sr. Tulsa
OL - Rowdy Harper, Soph. Houston
OL - Jordan Raw, Sr. UCF
PK – Chris Boswell, Jr. Rice
KR – Andre Booker, Sr. Marshall

Second Team Preseason
All-CUSA Defense

DL - Michael Brooks, Sr. ECU
DL - Margus Hunt, Sr. SMU
DL - Torlan Pittman, Jr. SMU
DL - Jeremiah Taylor, Jr. Marshall
LB - Shawn Jackson, Jr. Tulsa
LB - Cameron Nwosu, Jr. Rice
LB - Phillip Steward, Sr. Houston
DB - Jacorius Cotton, Jr. USM
DB - Monterius Lovett, Soph. Mar.
DB - Damon Magazu, Jr. ECU
DB - Ryan Travis, Sr. Tulane
P – Tom Hornsey, Jr. Memphis
PR - Andre Booker, Sr. Marshall
Top 30 Preseason C-USA Players

1. DE/LB Jamie Collins, Sr. USM
2. RB Zach Line, Sr. SMU
3. RB Charles Sims, Jr. Houston
4. RB Orleans Darkwa, Jr. Tulane
5. LB Ja’Gared Davis, Sr. SMU
6. WR Darius Johnson, Sr. SMU
7. S Dexter McCoil, Sr. Tulsa
8. WR Tracey Lampley, Sr. USM
9. LB Jeremy Grove, Soph. ECU
10. LB Cameron Nwosu, Jr. Rice
11. WR Aaron Dobson, Sr. Marshall
12. WR Justin Hardy, Soph. ECU
13. CB Deron Wilson, Jr. USM
14. P Ian Campbell, Sr. UTEP
15. RB Latavius Murray, Sr. UCF
16. FS Kemal Ishmael, Sr. UCF
17. OT Jason Weaver, Sr. USM
18. WR Mike Edwards, Sr. UTEP
19. LB Jonathan Davis, Sr. UCF
20. LB Phillip Steward, Sr. Houston
21. LB Devin Arrington, Sr. Marshall
22. DE Troy Davis, Sr. UCF
23. CB D.J. Hayden, Sr. Houston
24. DL Victor Gray, Jr. UCF
25. LB Shawn Jackson, Jr. Tulsa
26. S Jacorius Cotton, Jr. USM
27. OL Jacolby Ashworth, Sr. Hous.
28. LB Taylor Reed, Sr. SMU
29. LB Akeem Davis, Sr. Memphis
30. DL Khyri Thornton, Jr. USM
  
East
- 2012 East Carolina Preview | 2012 Marshall Preview
- 2012 Memphis Preview | 2012 Southern Miss Preview 
- 2012 UAB Preview | 2012 UCF Preview

West
- 2012 Houston Preview | 2012 Rice Preview
- 2012 SMU Preview | 2012 Tulane Preview 
- 2012 Tulsa Preview | 2012 UTEP Preview

- 2012 C-USA Preview
- 2012 C-USA Unit Rankings
- 2012 C-USA Schedules & Picks 
- 2012 CFN All-C-USA Team & Top 30 Players
- 2012 C-USA East Team By Team Looks & Predicted Finish  
- 2012 C-USA West Team By Team Looks & Predicted Finish