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Golden Eagles Picked 5th in C-USA East Division

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The 2013 Conference USA preseason football poll was announced Wednesday and the 14-league coaches have picked Southern Miss to finish fifth in the East Division.

 With 11 first-place votes, East Carolina earned the No. 1 nod in the East Division ahead of Marshall, who got two first-place votes and Middle Tennessee, which received one first-place tally. UAB notched fourth place, followed by the Golden Eagles, Florida Atlantic and FIU.

 Tulsa garnered a unanimous first-place finish in the West, followed by Rice, Louisiana Tech, UTEP, North Texas, Tulane and UTSA.

 Southern Miss junior defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches (Phenix City, Ala.) earned the only preseason season all-league selection for the Golden Eagles. Last season, Nunez-Roches tallied a total of 37 tackles (22 solos) which included six tackles for loss, a sack, a blocked kick, a pass break up and a forced fumble.

 The Golden Eagles open the season Saturday, Aug. 31, at home against Texas State. Game time is set for 6 p.m.

Season tickets are available by going online at SouthernMiss.com, by calling 1-800-844-TICK (8425) or by visiting the Pat Ferlise Ticket Office weekdays from 8 a.m., until 5 p.m.

PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

EAST DIVISION                             Pts

1. East Carolina (11)                       95

2. Marshall (2)                                 82

3. Middle Tennessee (1)                  70

4. UAB                                             54

5. Southern Miss                            40

6. Florida Atlantic                             28

7. FIU                                               23

 

WEST DIVISION                            Pts

1. Tulsa (14)                                    98

2. Rice                                              76

3. Louisiana Tech                             72

4. UTEP                                            46

5. North Texas                                 39

6. Tulane                                          31

7. UTSA                                            30

(first place votes in parentheses)

 

Offensive Player of the Year

Rakeem Cato, Jr., QB, Marshall

 

Defensive Player of the Year

Phillip Gaines, Sr., DB, Rice

 

Special Teams Player of the Year

Cairo Santos, Sr., K, Tulane

 

First Team Offense

QB          Rakeem Cato, Jr., Marshall

RB          Vintavious Cooper, Sr., East Carolina

RB          Darrin Reaves, Jr., UAB

OL          Jake Alexander, Jr., Tulsa

OL          Stetson Burnett, Sr., Tulsa

OL          Scott Inskeep, Jr., UTSA

OL          Nate Richards, Sr., Rice

OL          Matt Shepperd, Jr., Louisiana Tech

OL          Will Simmons, Sr., East Carolina

WR        Justin Hardy, Jr., East Carolina

WR        Ryan Grant, Sr., Tulane

WR        Tommy Shuler, Jr., Marshall

TE          Gator Hoskins, Sr., Marshall

 

First Team Defense

DL          Christian Covington, So., Rice

DL          Justin Ellis, Sr., Louisiana Tech

DL          Greg Hickman, Sr., FIU

DL          Rakeem Nunez-Roches, DL, Southern Miss

LB          Shawn Jackson, Sr., Tulsa

LB          Derrell Johnson, Sr., East Carolina

LB          Andre Kirk, Jr., Florida Atlantic

DB          Kevin Byard, So., Middle Tennessee

DB          Lorenzo Doss, So., Tulane

DB          Phillip Gaines, Sr., Rice

DB          Marco Nelson, Sr., Tulsa

 

First Team Special Teams

K             Cairo Santos, K, Tulane

P             Tyler Williams, P, Marshall

KR          Reggie Whatley, Jr., Middle Tennessee

PR          Trey Watts, Sr., Tulsa

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