Trio Of Mean Green Players Tabbed C-USA Preseason First-Team
Harris, Kirby and Moore All Named To C-USA Preseason First-Team
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