Trio Of Mean Green Players Tabbed C-USA Preseason First-Team

July 14, 2015

DENTON – Wide receiver Carlos Harris, center Kaydon Kirby and placekicker Trevor Moore were tabbed to the 2015 Conference USA preseason first-team as announced by the league. It is another honor for trio players who each were named to nationwide watch lists earlier in July. Harris was named to the Paul Hornung Award watch list, Kirby was a Rimington and Lombardi Award Watch list candidate and Moore earned a spot on the Lou Groza Award watch list.

Harris led North Texas in receiving yards, all-purpose yardage, kickoff return yards and was second in punt return yardage in 2014. Harris also had the highest yards per carry at 10.2 in 2014, as he rushed nine times for 92 yards and a touchdown.

He was fifth in scoring for NT in 2014. Harris had over 100-yard all-purpose yards in six games, over 150-yards in five games, and two games of over 200-yards, including a career-high 234 yards in 2014.

Harris enters the 2015 season on the verge of the top-10 for his career in all-purpose yards at NT, while he already ranks in the top-10 in receptions.

Kirby has started 25 straight games at center for the Mean Green and is the first NT center to be on the Rimington Watch List since Andy Brewster in 2004. He was named to the Lombardi Award as well, making him the second straight NT offensive lineman to be on the list in consecutive years, joining former teammate Cyril Lemon

Kirby is one of seven C-USA centers named to the list. He has been the starting center for North Texas after redshirting his freshman season in 2012. He was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team after starting all 13 games at center in 2013.


 

 

En route to setting a North Texas record for the most accurate season in history, Moore stepped up early and often in his freshman season. After not getting a chance to attempt a field goal in his first career game, he went 5-for-5 in a Week 2 win against SMU.

He nearly did the same in the season’s final game against UTSA, going 4-for-4 to finish with a team-leading 82 points.

2015 C-USA FOOTBALL COACHES PRESEASON AWARDS

Offensive Player of the Year

Brandon Doughty, Sr., QB, WKU

Defensive Player of the Year

Richard Leonard, Sr., DB, FIU

 

Special Teams Player of the Year

Autrey Golden, Sr., KR, UTEP

 

First Team Offense

QB          Brandon Doughty, Sr., WKU

RB          Leon Allen, Sr., WKU

RB          Kenneth Dixon, Sr., Louisiana Tech

RB          Devon Johnson, Sr., Marshall

RB          Aaron Jones, Jr., UTEP

OL          Jordan Budwig, Jr., FIU

OL          Darius Johnson, Sr., Middle Tennessee

OL          Kaydon Kirby, Jr., North Texas

OL          Andrew Reue,  Sr., Rice

OL          Clint Van Horn, Jr., Marshall

WR         Jared Dangerfield, Sr., WKU

WR         Carlos Harris, Sr., North Texas

WR         Zach Pascal, Jr., Old Dominion

WR         Trent Taylor, Jr., Louisiana Tech

TE          Jonnu Smith, Jr., FIU

 

First Team Defense

DL          Vernon Butler, Sr., Louisiana Tech

DL          Jason Neill, Sr., UTSA

DL          Jarquez Samuel, Sr., Marshall

DL          Michael Smith, Sr., Southern Miss

DL          Michael Wakefield, Sr., FIU

LB           T.T. Barber, Sr., Middle Tennessee

LB           Drew Douglas, UTSA

LB           D.J. Hunter, Sr., Marshall

DB          Kevin Byard, Sr., Middle Tennessee

DB          Crevon LeBlanc, Florida Atlantic

DB          Richard Leonard, Sr., FIU

DB          Bennett Okotcha, Sr., UTSA

DB          Wonderful Terry, Sr., WKU

DB          Xavier Woods, Jr., Louisiana Tech

First Team Special Teams

K             Trevor Moore, So., North Texas

P             Tyler Williams,, Sr., Marshall

KR          Autrey Golden, Jr., UTEP

PR          Richard Leonard, Sr., FIU

LS           Matt Cincotta, Sr., Marshall

 

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