North Texas safety Kishawn McClain was the Mean Green’s lone representative on the Preseason All-Conference USA team. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)
The Preseason All-Conference USA Football team came out this morning.
North Texas had one player selected — safety Kishawn McClain.
The junior had a terrific season for a defense that struggled most of the year, finishing with a team-high 110 tackles.
McClain ranked third in C-USA in tackles and also made a series of game-changing plays. He forced two fumbles, recovered another and intercepted a pass.
McClain and fellow safety James Gray were one of the best tandems in the league last season.
Southern Miss quarterback Nick Mullens was named the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while Florida Atlantic defensive end Trey Hendrickson was named the Defensive Player of the Year.
The league’s coaches selected the team that illustrates just how big a challenge UNT is facing heading into the first season of Seth Littrell’s tenure as head coach.
Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech had six players selected to the team.
UNT doesn’t have many players who are considered among the elite talents in the league heading into the season.
The release of the preseason all-conference team is part of the week-long buildup to C-USA media day next week.
C-USA’s preseason poll that includes coaches and media members will be released in the next few days.
2016 C-USA FOOTBALL COACHES PRESEASON AWARDS
Offensive Player of the Year
Nick Mullens, Sr., QB, Southern Miss
Defensive Player of the Year
Trey Hendrickson, Sr., DE, Florida Atlantic
Special Teams Players of the Year
Jonathan Barnes, Jr., K, Louisiana Tech
Dalton Schomp, Sr., P, Florida Atlantic
QB — Brent Stockstill, So., Middle Tennessee; Nick Mullens, Sr., Southern Miss
RB — Kalif Phillips, Sr., Charlotte; Ray Lawry, Jr., Old Dominion; Ito Smith, Jr., Southern Miss; Aaron Jones, Sr., UTEP; Jarveon Williams, Sr., UTSA; Anthony Wales, Sr., WKU
OL — Michael Montero, Sr., FIU; Reggie Bain, Jr., Florida Atlantic; Darrell Brown, Sr., Louisiana Tech; David Mahaffey, Sr., Louisiana Tech; Michael Selby, Sr., Marshall; Clint Van Horn, Sr., Marshall; Maurquice Shakir, Sr., Middle Tennessee; Cameron Tom, Sr., Southern Miss; Forrest Lamp, Sr., WKU; Will Hernandez, Jr., UTEP
TE — Jonnu Smith, Sr., FIU; Ryan Yurachek, Jr., Marshall
WR — Trent Taylor, Sr., Louisiana Tech; Richie James, So., Middle Tennessee; Zach Pascal, Sr., Old Dominion; Taywan Taylor, Sr., WKU
DL – Larry Ogunjobi, Sr., Charlotte; Trey Hendrickson, Sr., Florida Atlantic; Jaylon Ferguson, So., Louisiana Tech; Gary Thompson, Sr., Marshall; Rashaad Coward, Sr., Old Dominion; Dylan Bradley, Sr., Southern Miss; Nick Usher, Sr., UTEP; Marcus Davenport, Jr., UTSA
LB – Anthony Wint, Jr., FIU; Azeez Al-Shaair, So., Florida Atlantic; TJ Ricks, Sr., Old Dominion; Alex Lyons, Sr., Rice; D’Nerius Antoine, Sr., Southern Miss; Alvin Jones, Jr., UTEP
DB – Ocie Rose, So., Florida Atlantic; Jalen Young, So., Florida Atlantic; Xavier Woods, Sr., Louisiana Tech; Jeremy Cutrer, Sr., Middle Tennessee; Kishawn McClain, Jr., North Texas; Justice Davila, Jr., Old Dominion; Picasso Nelson Jr., Jr., Southern Miss; Michael Egwuagu, Sr., UTSA
K – Jonathan Barnes, Jr., Louisiana Tech
P – Dalton Schomp, Sr., Florida Atlantic
KR – Kylen Towner, Jr., WKU
PR – Warren Redix, So., UTEP
LS – Darrell Travis, Sr., Louisiana Tech