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December 9, 2009

Six Tulsa players get C-USA honors

IRVING, Texas - University of Tulsa junior Damaris Johnson and senior James Lockett earned Conference USA second-team honors, while the Hurricane had four freshmen named to the C-USA all-Freshman Team as chosen by the league's coaches.

The nation's No. 1 ranked player in all-purpose yards, Damaris Johnson, was named to the C-USA second team today as both a receiver and punt returner, while safety James Lockett earned second-team merits for the second consecutive season.

Johnson finished the year with a nation-leading 224.4 all-purpose yards. He ranked second in C-USA for receiving yards per game at 94.2 and had the highest yard per reception average among the top-7 league receivers. Johnson caught 78 passes for 1,131 yards and three TDs, while totaling an identical 1,131 kickoff return yards. He had seven 200+ all-purpose yard games, including three over 300 yards, and six 100+ yard receiving games.

The senior, Lockett, had 68 tackles, 10.5 stops for -58 yards, 4.5 sacks for -33 yards, two pass breakups, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 2009. He had a career-best 12 tackles and added two sacks for -14 yards and one fumble recovery against Houston. Lockett also had his first career interception in his final career game when he picked off a Memphis pass in overtime to give Tulsa the ball and the eventual victory.

A quartet of freshmen -- defensive end Cory Dorris, free safety Dexter McCoil, offensive center Trent Dupy and receiver Ricky Johnson -- were named to the C-USA all-Freshman Team.

Dorris and McCoil made an immediate impact on the Tulsa defense this year. Dorris, a red-shirt freshman, totaled 54 tackles, 5.5 stops for -22 yards, three sacks for -18 yards, forced two fumbles and recovered two more while starting all 12 games for the Hurricane.

McCoil, a true freshman, took over for an injured Charles Davis at free safety and completed the year third on the team in tackles with 85 stops, while adding six pass breakups and one interception. He had four double-figure tackle games, including a season-best 13 stops, including 10 solos against East Carolina.

Dupy started 10 games at center as a true freshman for the Hurricane, helping the Tulsa offense to rank fourth in the league in scoring and passing. After being slowed early in the season by an injury, true freshman Ricky Johnson came on strong late while ending the year with eight receptions for 111 yards and two touchdowns.

Five more Tulsa players earned honorable mention accolades, including junior Charles Clay (TE/RB), senior Wilson Garrison (NG), senior Mike Bryan (LB), sophomore Kevin Fitzpatrick (PK) and junior Michael Such (P). Damaris Johnson also earned honorable mention merits as a kick-off return specialist, while freshman Cory Dorris was an honorable mention selection at defensive end.

2009 C-USA FOOTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

QB- Case Keenum, Jr., Houston
RB- Curtis Steele, Sr., Memphis
RB- Donald Buckram, Jr., UTEP
OL- Sean Allen, Sr., East Carolina
OL- Ryan Hebert, Sr., Southern Miss
OL- Jake Seitz, Sr., UAB
OL- Jah Reid, Jr., UCF
OL- Mike Aguayo, Jr., UTEP
TE- Cody Slate, Sr., Marshall
WR- Dwayne Harris, Jr., East Carolina
WR- James Cleveland, Jr., Houston
WR- Emmanuel Sanders, Sr., SMU

DEFENSE

DL- Linval Joseph, Jr., East Carolina
DL- C.J. Wilson, Sr., East Carolina
DL- Jarvis Geathers, Sr., UCF
DL- Bruce Miller, Jr., UCF
LB- Mario Harvey, Sr., Marshall
LB- Chase Kennemer, Sr., SMU
LB- Cory Hogue, Sr., UCF
DB- Emmanuel Davis, So., East Carolina
DB- Van Eskridge, Sr., East Carolina
DB- Eddie Hicks, Sr., Southern Miss
DB- Da'Mon Cromartie-Smith, Sr., UTEP

SPECIAL TEAMS

K- Craig Ratanamorn, Sr., Marshall
P- Matt Dodge, Sr., East Carolina
KR- Tyron Carrier, So., Houston
PR- Emmanuel Sanders, Sr., SMU
LS- Sean McClellan, Sr., Marshall


SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

QB- Joe Webb, Sr., UAB
RB- Darius Marshall, Jr., Marshall
RB- Damion Fletcher, Sr., Southern Miss
OL- Terence Campbell, Sr., East Carolina
OL- Jarve Dean, Jr., Houston
OL- Daniel Baldridge, Sr., Marshall
OL- Scott Mitchell, Jr., Rice
OL- Kelvin Beachum, So., SMU
TE- Leroy Banks, Sr., Southern Miss
WR-Patrick Edwards, So., Houston
WR- Duke Calhoun, Sr., Memphis
WR- DeAndre Brown, So., Southern Miss
WR- Damaris Johnson, So., Tulsa

DEFENSE

DL- Tyrell Graham, Sr., Houston
DL- Albert McClellan, Sr., Marshall
DL- Scott Solomon, Jr., Rice
DL- Torrell Troup, Sr., UCF
LB- Nick Johnson, Sr., East Carolina
LB- Marcus McGraw, So., Houston
LB- Korey Williams, So., Southern Miss
DB- Brandon Brinkley, Sr., Houston
DB- James Lockett, Sr., Tulsa
DB- Hiram Atwater, Jr., UAB
DB- Josh Robinson, Fr., UCF

SPECIAL TEAMS

K- Ben Hartman, Sr., East Carolina
P- Matt Reagan, Sr., Memphis
KR- Dwayne Harris, Jr., East Carolina
PR- Damaris Johnson, So., Tulsa
LS- Cody Tawater, Sr., Southern Miss

2009 C-USA FOOTBALL ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

OFFENSE

QB- Kyle Padron, SMU
RB- Charles Sims, Houston
RB- Charles Ross, Rice
OL- Jamie McCoy, Memphis
OL- Zack Morgan, Tulane
OL- Trent Dupy, Tulsa
OL- Chris Hubbard, UAB
OL- Theo Goins, UCF
TE- Vance McDonald, Rice
WR- Antavious Wilson, Marshall
WR- Darius Johnson, SMU
WR- Ricky Johnson, Tulsa

DEFENSE

DL- Michael Brooks, East Carolina
DL- Zeke Riser, Houston
DL- Dontari Poe, Memphis
DL- Cory Dorris, Tulsa
LB- Phillip Steward, Houston
LB- Taylor Reed, SMU
LB- Shakiel Smith, Tulane
LB- Daniel White, UAB
DB- Kevin Gaddis, Rice
DB- Dexter McCoil, Tulsa
DB- Josh Robinson, UCF
DB- Deshawn Grayson, UTEP

SPECIAL TEAMS

K- Matt Hogan, Houston
P- Peter Boehme, Southern Miss
KR- Marlon McClure, UTEP
PR- Tracy Lampley, Southern Miss
LS- Taylor Klein, UAB


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