NT Preseason Favorites To Win The West Division Of C-USA




July 16, 2014

DENTON – After winning nine games and the Heart of Dallas Bowl last season, the North Texas football team has been tabbed as the favorite to win the West Division of Conference USA, as voted by the league’s head coaches.

The Mean Green narrowly edged C-USA defending champion Rice by one vote while Marshall was the unanimous pick to win the East Division. Senior offensive linemen Cyril Lemon and Mason Y’Barbo were picked to the first-team All-Conference USA preseason squad.

Lemon enters the 2014 season as one of the highest decorated linemen in the nation, having been named to the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award Watch List. In addition, Lemon was named a fourth-team All-America by Phil Steele’s magazine and a first-team all-C-USA preseason selection in Phil Steele’s, Athlon and Texas Football magazines.  

Y’Barbo was a second-team All-CUSA pick in 2013 and joined Lemon on the Lombardi Award Watch List for 2014.

North Texas returns nine starters from 2013, five on offense and four on defense. Marshall senior QB Rakeem Cato was tabbed the preseason Offensive Player of the Year, Marshall senior DL James Rouse was named the Defensive Player of the Year and UAB senior punter Hunter Mullins earned Special Teams Player of the Year honors.

The 10th annual Conference USA Football Championship Game, pitting the champions of the East and West divisions, will be held Saturday, Dec. 6. 


 

 

PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

EAST DIVISION                              Pts
1. Marshall                                      91
2. Middle Tennessee                        73
3. Florida Atlantic                             60
4. WKU                                           57
5. Old Dominion                               33
6. UAB                                            31
7. FIU                                              19

WEST DIVISION                              Pts
1. North Texas                                66
2. Rice                                             65
3. UTSA                                           62
4. Louisiana Tech                              38
5. Southern Miss                               24
6. UTEP                                           18

 

 

 

 

 

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