C-USA Coaches Announce All-Freshman Team
Dec. 5, 2006
MEMPHIS, TENN. - Memphis receiver Duke Calhoun and defensive lineman Greg Terrell were named to the Coaches C-USA All-Freshman Team as released by the league office today. Both were also selected to the All-Freshman Team as voted on by media representatives and announced last week.
A local product out of Raleigh-Egypt High in Memphis, Tenn., Calhoun led the Tigers in receiving yards with 681 and played in all 12 games this season. He totaled 42 catches and averaged 16.2 yards per catch, which ranks ninth in C-USA. Calhoun also led the team in receiving touchdowns with six and registered at least one reception in all 12 games. He caught multiple passes in 10 of the 12 games and posted 100-plus yards receiving in three games.
Terrell, who came to Memphis from Wenonah High in Birmingham, improved greatly this season and became an integral part of the Tiger defensive front. He started seven of the last nine games and ranks ninth in the league in sacks with five. He finished the year ranked eighth in tackles with 43 and is tied for the team lead in TFL with seven for a loss of 32 yards. Terrell also logged two forced fumbles and two pass breakups for the Tigers.
All 12 of the league's schools were represented with at least one selection, with SMU placing a league-high five players (covering six positions) on the squad, while East Carolina was second with four. SMU's Emmanuel Sanders was named to the team as both a wide receiver and kick returner, while UAB's Rashad Slaughter was listed as wide receiver and a punt returner.
Sanders is third in the league with 12 returns for 288 yards, an average of 24.0 yards per return. In conference games he had seven receiving touchdowns and averaged 14.7 yards per catch. Sanders is joined on the team by teammate and quarterback Justin Willis, running back James Mapps, defensive back Bryan McCann and long snapper Sam Bennett. Willis put up impressive numbers at the helm of the Mustang offense in 2006, ranking 10th in the nation in passing efficiency and setting a new school record with 26 touchdown passes.
Leading the way for the Pirates on the All-Freshman team are offensive linemen Terrence Campbell and Cory Dowless. ECU also placed defensive lineman Scotty Robinson and linebacker Van Eskridge on the list.
East Division Champion Southern Miss had three selections to the team, led by standout running back Damion Fletcher. Fletcher is second in the league, averaging 112 yards per game and has racked up a freshman school record 1,335 yards and nine touchdowns. He was also an All-Conference USA first-team selection at running back by the media and the coaches. Linebacker Gerald McRath and defensive back Eddie Hicks were named to the team on defense.
UAB had two players earn recognition at three total positions. Rashad Slaughter grabbed 16 passes as a receiver and had six punt returns on special teams. Blazer offensive lineman Jake Seitz was also named to the team.
Marshall, Memphis and Rice each had two All-Freshman honorees, while Houston, Tulsa, UCF and UTEP each had one player recognized. Conference USA will announce its Coaches Freshman of the Year on Wednesday.