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Thornton Highlights Football All-Conference Selections

Dec. 10, 2013

IRVING, Texas - Conference USA announced its 2013 All-Conference football teams Tuesday afternoon, as selected by the league's 14 head football coaches. All 14 schools were represented with at least one selection on the 59-man first and second team. Southern Miss' Khyri Thornton was named to the second team, while Tyre'oune Holmes and Emmanuel Johnson were both honorable mention selections. In addition, C-USA released its 2013 All-Freshman team and a trio of Golden Eagles appeared on the list - Holmes, Nick Mullens and Cameron Tom.

Thornton, a senior defensive lineman from Panama City, Fla., played and started in 11 games for the Golden Eagles this season. He recorded 39 tackles on the year, including 16 solo tackles and 23 assisted tackles. Thornton boasted 6.5 tackles for loss including a half a sack for eight yards. He was credited for a team-best four quarterback hurries. Thornton was also a finalist for the C Spire Conerly Award for the most outstanding collegiate football player in the state of Mississippi. At Southern Miss' end of the year football banquet, Thornton was named the Jeff Bower Team MVP, as well as, one of the four recipients of the Reggie Collier Team Captain Award.

Johnson, a junior defensive back from McKenzie, Ala., played and started in 10 contests this season. He finished fourth on the team with 54 tackles, including 39 unassisted tackles. Johnson recorded an interception, broke up a pass and forced a fumble during the season.

Holmes, a true freshman wide receiver from Tylertown, Miss., played in 11 games, making seven starts. He led Southern Miss with 53 receptions. Holmes tallied 410 yards with two touchdowns. He had a receiving touchdown in USM's final two games, including a 3-yard touchdown reception in the Golden Eagles' 62-27 victory over UAB.

Mullens, a true freshman quarterback from Hoover, Ala., played in nine games on the year, starting the final six contests for the Golden Eagles. He accumulated 1,776 yards in the air, including 1,659 (276.5 yards/game) as a starter. Mullens tallied 13 touchdowns on the season, including a school-record five TDs in USM's 62-27 victory at UAB. Mullens posted a pair of 300-yard passing performances on the year, becoming the first true freshman in school history to throw for over 300 yards in a game.

Tom, a true freshman offensive lineman from Baton Rouge, La., played in 11 games and started in nine contests. The true freshman helped the Golden Eagle offense tally 2,911 passing yards. Southern Miss running backs amassed 1,075 combined yards behind Tom and the rest of the offensive line. In the season finale, Tom and the rest of the offensive line paved the way for Kendrick Hardy to rush for 106 yards - the first 100 yard performance of the season. In addition, Tom helped protect the pocket, allowing Mullens to throw for 370 yards and a USM record five touchdowns in the 62-27 win over UAB.

2013 C-USA Football All-Conference Teams
 
First Team
Offense 
QBShane CardenEast CarolinaJr.
RBCharles RossRiceSr.
RBTrey WattsTulsaSr.
OLStetson BurnettTulsaSr.
OLChris JasperseMarshallJr.
OLCyril LemonNorth TexasJr.
OLNate RichardsRiceSr.
OLWill SimmonsEast CarolinaSr.
TEGator HoskinsMarshallSr.
WRJustin HardyEast CarolinaJr.
WRRyan GrantTulaneSr.
WRTommy ShulerMarshallJr.
 
Defense 
DLChristian CovingtonRiceSo.
DLCory HenryFlorida AtlanticSr.
DLIK EnemkpaliLouisiana TechSr.
DLJames RouseMarshallSr.
DLJulius WarmsleyTulaneSr.
LBT.T. BarberMiddle TennesseeSo.
LBShawn JacksonTulsaSr.
LBZach OrrNorth TexasSr.
DBLorenzo DossTulaneSo.
DBPhillip GainesRiceSr.
DBD'Joun SmithFlorida AtlanticJr.
DBMarcus TriceNorth TexasSr.
 
Special Teams 
KCairo SantosTulaneSr.
PHunter MullinsUABJr.
KRBrelan ChancellorNorth TexasSr.
PRBrelan ChancellorNorth TexasSr.
LSTrevor GilletteRiceSr.
 
Second Team
Offense 
QBRakeem CatoMarshallJr.
RBVintavious CooperEast CarolinaJr.
RBKenneth DixonLouisiana TechSo.
OLJordan DavisEast CarolinaSr.
OLGarrett ScottMarshallSr.
OLClint Van HornMarshallSo.
OLJosh WalkerMiddle TennesseeSr.
OLMason Y'BarboNorth TexasJr.
OLScott InskeepUTSAJr.
TETurner PetersenRiceSr.
WRBrelan ChancellorNorth TexasSr.
WRJamarcus NelsonUABJr.
WRJordan TaylorRiceJr.
 
Defense 
DLAaron BellazinNorth TexasSr.
DLGreg HickmanFIUSr.
DLLee PeguesEast CarolinaSr.
DLKhyri ThorntonSouthern MissSr.
LBJermaine HolmesMarshallJr.
LBDerrell JohnsonEast CarolinaSr.
LBAndrae KirkFlorida AtlanticJr.
LBMichael KutzlerRiceSr.
DBBryce CallahanRiceJr.
DBDamon MagazuEast CarolinaSr.
DBMichael MudohTulsaSo.
DBTriston WadeUTSAJr.
 
Special Teams 
KChris BoswellRiceSr.
PSean KellyFlorida AtlanticSo.
KRAutrey GoldenUTEPSo.
PRDevon SmithMarshallSr.
LSJosh CuthbertLouisiana TechSr.
 
Honorable Mention
Offense 
QBJaquez JohnsonFlorida AtlanticSo.
QBTaylor McHargueRiceSr.
QBEric SozaUTSASr.
RBBrandin ByrdNorth TexasSr.
RBOrleans DarkwaTulaneSr.
RBJordan HowardUABFr.
RBDarrin ReavesUABJr.
RBEssray TaliaferroMarshallSr.
OLMitchell BellLouisiana TechJr.
OLSean DonnellyTulaneJr.
OLAdhem ElsawiEast CarolinaSr.
OLCody HarrisUTSAJr.
OLKaycee IkeUABSr.
OLMustafa JohnsonFlorida AtlanticSr.
OLBraden LyonsFlorida AtlanticJr.
OLZach MorganTulaneSr.
OLAndrew ReueRiceSo.
OLMatt ShepperdLouisiana TechSr.
OLDarius JohnsonMiddle TennesseeSo.
OLCaleb WilliamsRiceSo.
TEKennard BackmanUABJr.
TENexon DorvilusFlorida AtlanticSr.
TECole HubbleUTSAJr.
TEJonnu SmithFIUFr.
TEEric TomlinsonUTEPJr.
TEBryce WilliamsEast CarolinaSo.
WRWilliam DukesFlorida AtlanticJr.
WRTyre'oune HolmesSouthern MissFr.
WRKam JonesUTSAJr.
WRJordan LeslieUTEPJr.
WRDaniel McKinneyFlorida AtlanticSr.
WRLance RayEast CarolinaSr.
WRDarnell SmithNorth TexasSr.
WRReese WigginsEast CarolinaSr.
 
Defense 
DLRichard AbbeNorth TexasSr.
DLCody BauerRiceSr.
DLAlex BazzieMarshallSr.
DLCodie BrooksUTSAFr.
DLBrandin BryantFlorida AtlanticSo.
DLChris DavenportTulaneSr.
DLJustin EllisLouisiana TechSr.
DLIsame FacianeFIUSr.
DLRoyce LaFranceTulaneSo.
DLAshaad MabryUTSAJr.
DLRa'Shawde MyersMarshallJr.
DLChrishon RoseEast CarolinaJr.
DLRobert SingletaryUTSAJr.
DLTerrell StanleyEast CarolinaSo.
DLJimmy StatenMiddle TennesseeSr.
DLDiaheem WatkinsUABJr.
LBDerek AkunneNorth TexasJr.
LBZeek BiggerEast CarolinaSo.
LBDaniel CobbLouisiana TechSr.
LBAdarius GlantonFlorida AtlanticSr.
LBSteven KurfehsUTSASr.
LBEvan McKelveyMarshallJr.
LBStephen RobertsMiddle TennesseeSr.
LBKyle TudorEast CarolinaSr.
LBGabe WoullardEast CarolinaSr.
DBAdonis ArmstrongEast CarolinaSr.
DBAdairius BarnesLouisiana TechSo.
DBJordan BatisteTulaneSo.
DBKenny BuyersNorth TexasSo.
DBKevin ByardMiddle TennesseeSo.
DBJake GanusUABSo.
DBJustin HalleyFIUJr.
DBEmmanuel JohnsonSouthern MissJr.
DBNic JohnstonUTSAJr.
DBLairamie LeeNorth TexasJr.
DBLe'Vander LigginsLouisiana TechJr.
DBMonterius LovettMarshallJr.
DBChristian MilsteadFlorida AtlanticJr.
DBDarion MonroeTulaneSo.
DBBennett OkotchaUTSASo.
DBDaryl RobertsMarshallJr.
DBDamian ParmsFlorida AtlanticJr.
DBPaul PorrasRiceSr.
DBChip ThompsonEast CarolinaSr.
DBCorey TindalMarshallFr.
DBXavier WoodsLouisiana TechFr.
 
Special Teams 
KKyle FischlerLouisiana TechFr.
KCarl SalazarTulsaJr.
KTy LongUABJr.
PTrent TignorEast CarolinaSr.
PJosh DavisMiddle TennesseeSr.
PKristian SternUTSAJr.
KRJamarcus NelsonUABJr.
PRTrey WattsTulsaSr.
LSCharlie CogginsEast CarolinaJr.

2013 C-USA Football All-Freshman Team
 
 Offense
QBNick MullensSouthern Miss
RBJordan HowardUAB
RBAaron JonesUTEP
OLJordan BudwigFIU
OLJosh ChesterMiddle Tennessee
OLDylan FoxworthTulsa
OLKaydon KirbyNorth Texas
OLMichael SelbyMarshall
OLCameron TomSouthern Miss
TEJonnu SmithFIU
WRIsaiah JonesEast Carolina
WRTyre'oune HolmesSouthern Miss
 
 Defense
DLCodie BrooksUTSA
DLJimal McBrideMiddle Tennessee
DLDemetri McGillEast Carolina
DLGary ThompsonMarshall
LBStefan HoustonMarshall
LBNico MarleyTulane
LBDayon PrattEast Carolina
DBA.J. LeggettMarshall
DBCorey TindalMarshall
DBDarnell WalkerTulsa
DBXavier WoodsLouisiana Tech
 
 Special Teams
KKyle FischerLouisiana Tech
PBlake MacekNorth Texas
KRTevin KingLouisiana Tech

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