Akunne And Lemon Named First-Team All-C-USA

Dec. 9, 2014

DENTON – Linebacker Derek Akunne and offensive lineman Cyril Lemon led a contingent of eight North Texas players to earn spots on the 2014 Conference USA All-Conference football teams, as selected by the league’s 13 head football coaches.

Akunne and Lemon were both named the first-team all-conference. The all-conference honor caps a dominate career for Lemon as he becomes just the fifth player in school history to earn all-conference honors four straight seasons. Lemon made 49 straight starts in his four-year career, was named to the Outland and Lombardi Watch List in 2014, and was a two-time first-team All-C-USA selection.

Akunne led North Texas and Conference USA in tackles with 108 in 2014. Defensive back James Jones was named second-team all-conference. He was the second leading tackler for NT this season with 59, and led the team with nine PBUs.

In addition Conference USA has announced its 2014 All-Freshman football team, as selected by the league's 13 head football coaches. Trevor Moore and Kishawn McClain were picked from North Texas.

Five NT players earned honorable mention all-conference: Antonio Johnson, Carlos Harris, Chad Polk, Moore and Eric Keena. It is the first all-conference honor for all five players.



Moore is the first true-freshman place kicker in school history to earn an all-conference honor. He led C-USA in field goal percentage this season and set a school record for highest single-season percentage. He was perfect in PATs this season at 37-for-37, which tied the school record for most PATs without a miss.

Harris led NT in receiving and ranked in the top-10 in C-USA in receptions, receiving yards and all-purpose yardage. Keena finished the season with the third-highest punting averaging in school history at 44.8.

Polk, despite missing the final two games of the season, led North Texas with 5.5 sacks and had 8.5 tackles for loss.

McClain finished the year with 39 tackles and had an interception in his first career start against Southern Miss.

The league will announce the Players of the Year and Coach of the Year on Wednesday. 

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