Memphis Has Five Named To All-CUSA Defensive Unit
Nov. 28, 2000
Memphis, TN -
Five members of the University of Memphis' nationally ranked defensive unit were named to the All-Conference USA first team defensive squad. Memphis tied the C-USA record for the most players, from one school, to ever be named to one of the Conference's first team units. In addition, Memphis had one player named to the second team offense and three individuals voted to the All-Freshman Team.
Defensively, end Andre Arnold, nose tackle Marcus Bell, linebacker Kamal Shakir, safety Idrees Bashir and corner Michael Stone received first team honors. The Tiger defense ranked sixth in the nation in total defense for 2000 and was rated number one in rushing defense, allowing just 72.7 yards per game on the ground. Shakir completed his career as C-USA's all-time leading tackler with 416 career hits. Arnold, a junior, ended the 2000 season tied for second in the nation in quarterback sacks with 13.
Tight end Billy Kendall was the only Memphis offensive player named to this year's honor team. Kendall received second team honors after catching 26 passes for 271 yards and a team leading three touchdowns.
Three Memphis newcomers were named to the league's All-Freshman team. Linebacker Coot Terry, cornerback Jason Brown and tailback Jeremiah Bonds were all selected to this year's team. Terry started six games for the Tigers this year and was credited with 58 tackles, including eight tackles for lost yardage and four quarterback sacks. Brown logged 28 tackles, while starting four games for the injured Marcus Smith. Bonds, a true freshman, rushed for 102 yards in 2000 and caught eight passes for 82 yards and one touchdown.