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2018 CUSA Awards

CONFERENCE USA

CUSA MVP: BRENT STOCKSTILL, QB, MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE

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Middle Tennessee graduate QB Brent Stockstill is the recipient of the C-USA Most Valuable Player Award. Stockstill leads C-USA in completions (301) and touchdown passes (28) this season, ranking fourth in the FBS in completion percentage (70.5) and 15th nationally with 3,214 passing yards.  He has thrown multiple scores in seven straight games and nine total outings on the year, topping the 300-yard mark in passing four times.  He’s also tied for 20th all-time in the NCAA in touchdown passes (105), and the owner of virtually every passing record in school history.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: JAYLON FERGUSON, LOUISIANA TECH

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In 2018, Louisiana Tech’s Jaylon Ferguson passed Terrell Suggs (Arizona State) to become the NCAA all-time sack leader with 45 career sacks. He leads the FBS with 17.5 sacks in 2018, while ranking second nationally with 26 tackles for loss.  Ferguson broke his own school record for single-season sacks, which he set in 2016 with 14.5.  A four-time all-conference selection, he has recorded 64 total tackles this season, including 37 solo stops, while he has also recorded nine quarterback hurries, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles. 

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: MASON FINE, NORTH TEXAS

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North Texas junior Mason Fine becomes the fifth player in C-USA history to be named Offensive Player of the Year multiple times, winning the honor for the second straight season.  He ranks eighth in the FBS in passing yards (3,743) and is eighth in the FBS in passing yards per game (311.2) through 12 games.  Fine has completed 295-of-457 passes (64.6%) for 3,743 yards and 27 touchdowns with only five interceptions.  He topped the 300-yard mark five times and the 400-yard mark twice, while throwing for 240 or more in all but one outing.  Fine, who also had a pair of rushing scores, threw multiple touchdowns in 10 games while becoming the all-time leading passer in program history in less than three full seasons (9,358 yards).

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: JACK FOX, P, RICE

Several NFL teams have Fox on their radar.
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Fox led C-USA in punting for the second consecutive year, finishing with a career-best 45.5 average.  His average was second best in the nation among punters with at least 60 punts in the regular season and ranked 8th nationally among all punters.  He topped the FBS with 3,636 punting yards in the regular season, which also set a school record.  He had 26 punts of 50 yards or longer and he placed 31 punts inside the 20-yard line, both top figures in the conference. 

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: CHRIS ROBINSON, QB, FLORIDA ATLANTIC and ISAIAH GREEN, QB, MARSHALL

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Robison played in all 12 games for the Owls, completing 63.2 percent of his passes (192-of-304) for 2,533 yards.  He threw 12 touchdowns and rushed for three scores.  Robison was named C-USA Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 10 after he set a school record with 471 passing yards and tossed three TDs in a win over Air Force. 

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Green placed fourth in C-USA with an average of 248.7 passing yards per game.  He has thrown at least one touchdown pass in all nine games he has played (eight starts), totaling 15.  Green has five games with multiple TD tosses, with a season-high three in a win over Eastern Kentucky.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: JAMES MORGAN, QB, FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL

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Morgan, a junior graduate transfer from Bowling Green, started every game under center for the Panthers. He threw for a school-record 26 touchdowns and 2,764 yards, which ranks second in a FIU single season.  He lead C-USA in passer efficiency rating (157.6) and passing yards per attempt (8.4).  Morgan had a season-best 341-yard passing yards and set a school-record with four touchdown passes against Arkansas-Pine Bluff in late September. 

COACH OF THE YEAR: RICK STOCKSTILL, MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE

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After leading his team to an East Division title and a school-record fourth consecutive bowl appearance, Middle Tennessee head coach Rick Stockstill has been named Conference USA Coach of the Year, as voted on by the league’s 14 head coaches. Stockstill has led MT to an 8-5 record this season and bowl against Appalachian State. The Blue Raiders also played in and hosted the C-USA Championship game for the first time.  Middle Tennessee was picked by conference media members in the preseason to finish third in the East Division, but it defied those odds by finishing with a 7-1 league record and its first division title.

New Orleans Bowl – Dec 15

Appalachian State Mountaineers (10-2)  vs 

Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders (8-5)

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APPALACHIAN STATE MOUNTAINEERS  |  SUN BELT CONFERENCE

Coach:  Scott Satterfield

Appalachian State Mountaineers Players to watch:

**Sophomore QB Zac Thomas (6-2/207)

Sun Belt Coach of the Year, Scott Satterfield, talks with first year QB Zac Thomas.
Photo:  Winston-Salem Journal

Thomas enters the Sun Belt Championship Game with 18 touchdown passes, eight rushing touchdowns and just four interceptions. He ranks among the nation’s top 35 quarterbacks with league-leading totals in QBR, passing efficiency and yards per completion.

Senior SS John Thomas  (6-0/209)

Thomas is the leader of the Appalachian State defensive backfield, dubbed “The Legion of Boone.”  The junior captain had two interceptions and 33 tackles as the starting safety.

Senior DT Myquon Stout  (6-1/286)

Stout, a two-year captain, is the anchor up front whose work helped App State’s defense give up an average of just 9.2 points in the team’s nine regular season victories. 

*Junior LB Jordan Fehr  (6-2/227)

Fehr had 75 tackles, a team-high 5.5 sacks, 7.5 tackles for loss, one fumble recovery and a key safety (at Coastal Carolina) during the regular season.  He had a 15 tackle game against Arkansas State.

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MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE BLUE RAIDERS  |  CONFERENCE USA

Coach:  Rick Stockstill

Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders Players to watch:

Senior QB Brent Stockstill  (6-0/215)


Stockstill closes historic career as C-USA MVP
Photo:  Nashville Post

Stockstill owns almost every program passing record and ranks in the top 10 in C-USA history in career pass attempts, completions, completion percentage, yards, touchdowns and interception percentage. He’s also tied for 20th all-time in the NCAA in touchdown passes (105).

Senior OG Chandler Brewer  (6-6/312)

Protecting Stockstill is Blue Raider senior guard Chandler Brewer.   Brewer graded out a winner in all 13 games while allowing just one sack in over 400 pass attempts.

Senior LB Darius Harris  (6-3/240)

Ranks second on the team with a career-best 91 tackles, including 11.0 TFLs, 5.0 sacks, five hurries and four pass breakups (also, all career bests). The New Orleans Bowl game will be his 53rd career game played which would be a new school record.

**Sophomore SS Reid Blankenship  (6-1/197)

Blankenship led the Blue Raiders defense with a career-best 101 tackles on the season to go with a personal high 8.0 TFLs, two interceptions and seven pass breakups.

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R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Appalachian State 45, Middle Tennessee 13