Four Tigers Named to Phil Steele All-C-USA Team
Dec. 15, 2011
MEMPHIS, TENN. -
Phil Steele has released his post-season All-Conference USA Team, and four Tigers were tabbed for their efforts in 2011. Ronald Leary, Dontari Poe, Frank Trotter and Tom Hornsey were all listed on the third team by Steele.
Phil Steele’s College Football Preview is one of the nation’s most informative preseason football magazines and has always released pre-season, mid-season and post-season all-conference and all-America teams.
Senior offensive lineman Ronald Leary played in 44 career games at Memphis and made 36 consecutive starts on the offensive line. Leary worked at left tackle much of his career, starting at that position in all 24 games through 2009 and 2010. He started the first six games of his senior season at left tackle, but was forced inside because of various injuries in the line, and made his final six career starts at right guard. Leary saw action on 781 offensive plays in 2011 and ended his career having worked 2,296 offensive plays from 2008-11. Leary was named by the league coaches to the All-C-USA second team as released by the conference office. At the team’s post-season banquet, Leary was named one of the squad’s Most Valuable Players, an honor he shared with Poe, and was named the Offensive Lineman of the Year.
Senior defensive lineman Frank Trotter started 36 of his 49 career games with the Tigers. He led the line in tackles this season with 61 and was the team leader in TFL with 13 for minus 46 yards. Trotter has posted 46 solo stops while also leading the squad in sacks with five. He also logged three pass breakups, four quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He made an 18-yard return on the recovery against Marshall for one of the Tigers’ four defensive touchdowns this season. Trotter ends his four-year career ranked third all-time at Memphis with 36.5 tackles for loss. He was an honorable mention All-C-USA selection by the league coaches.
Junior defensive lineman Dontari Poe started all 12 games on the defensive line this season, and has made 30 starts for the Tigers during his three-year career. He tallied 33 tackles, including 18 solo stops, and was third on the team in TFL with eight for minus 26 yards in 2011. Poe also posted a sack, three pass breakups, five quarterback hurries and one forced fumble. He matched his career high in tackles with eight against Marshall. At the post-season banquet, he was named an MVP as well as the Defensive Player of the Year. Poe was named to the All-C-USA second team by the league coaches, and was tabbed by Pro Football Weekly as an honorable mention All-American last week.
Sophomore punter Tom Hornsey has been a candidate for the Ray Guy Award, which honors the nation’s top punter, the last two seasons. As a sophomore, Hornsey set single-season school records in punts with 95 and in yards with 3,993, totals that rank No. 1 and No.2 in the nation, respectively. Hornsey averaged 42.0 yards per punt and logged 19 punts of 50 or more yards in 2011. He dropped 23 of his punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line, while only 48 of his 95 punts were returned this season. As a true freshman playing in his first US-style football games in 2010, Hornsey earned Freshman All-America honors by the Football Writers Association of America. Through 24 career games, Hornsey ranks fifth at the U of M in punts with 175 and fourth in yards with 7,409.
Season tickets for the 2012 campaign, which features six home games at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, are available now. Prices have been lowered and just $55 will cover a ticket in the fun zone seats for all six home games. Prime seats are available at just $150 for all six games. The tickets can be purchased online by CLICKING HERE, or by contacting the U of M Ticket Office at 901-678-2331.