Southern Miss DL Michael Smith named to Preseason C-USA 1st Team - - Jackson, MS

Southern Miss DL Michael Smith named to Preseason C-USA 1st Team

HATTIESBURG ( Southern Miss senior defensive lineman Michael Smith (Birmingham, Ala.) has been voted to the 2015 Conference USA Football preseason defensive team as selected by the league’s 13 coaches and released Tuesday morning.

Smith, a three-year letterwinner for the Golden Eagles, posted 31 tackles (16 solos) in 10 games last season. He added a half tackle for loss during the year to go along with six quarterback hurries. Smith notched a season-best tackle total at UTSA with six stops and added at three tackles in seven different games during the campaign.

For his career, Smith has played in 34 games and has posted 91 tackles (46 solos), as well as 8.5 tackles for loss, a sack, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick.

The coaches voted senior quarterback Brandon Doughty of WKU as preseason Offensive Player of the Year, senior defensive back Richard Leonard of FIU as Defensive Player of the Year and senior kick returner Autrey Golden of UTEP as the Special Teams Player of the Year.

The Golden Eagles open the regular season Saturday, Sept. 5, when they entertain in-state foe Mississippi State for the first time at Carlisle-Faulkner Field at M.M. Roberts Stadium since 1989. Season tickets for the 2015 Southern Miss home season can be purchased by going online at, or by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-844-TICK (8425) as well as visiting the Pat Ferlise Ticket Center on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Here is a listing of the C-USA preseason team:


Offensive Player of the Year
Brandon Doughty, Sr., QB, WKU

Defensive Player of the Year
Richard Leonard, Sr., DB, FIU

Special Teams Player of the Year
Autrey Golden, Sr., KR, UTEP

First Team Offense
QB Brandon Doughty, Sr., WKU
RB Leon Allen, Sr., WKU
RB Kenneth Dixon, Sr., Louisiana Tech
RB Devon Johnson, Sr., Marshall
RB Aaron Jones, Jr., UTEP
OL Jordan Budwig, Jr., FIU
OL Darius Johnson, Sr., Middle Tennessee
OL Kaydon Kirby, Jr., North Texas
OL Andrew Reue, Sr., Rice
OL Clint Van Horn, Jr., Marshall
WR Jared Dangerfield, Sr., WKU
WR Carlos Harris, Sr., North Texas
WR Zach Pascal, Jr., Old Dominion
WR Trent Taylor, Jr., Louisiana Tech
TE Jonnu Smith, Jr., FIU

First Team Defense
DL Vernon Butler, Sr., Louisiana Tech
DL Jason Neill, Sr., UTSA
DL Jarquez Samuel, Sr., Marshall
DL Michael Smith, Sr., Southern Miss
DL Michael Wakefield, Sr., FIU
LB T.T. Barber, Sr., Middle Tennessee
LB Drew Douglas, Sr., UTSA
LB D.J. Hunter, Sr., Marshall
DB Kevin Byard, Sr., Middle Tennessee
DB Crevon LeBlanc, Sr., Florida Atlantic
DB Richard Leonard, Sr., FIU
DB Bennett Okotcha, Sr., UTSA
DB Wonderful Terry, Sr., WKU
DB Xavier Woods, Jr., Louisiana Tech

First Team Special Teams
K Trevor Moore, So., North Texas
P Tyler Williams,, Sr., Marshall
KR Autrey Golden, Jr., UTEP
PR Richard Leonard, Sr., FIU
LS Matt Cincotta, Sr., Marshall

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