Sherrod Repeats As C-USA Offensive Player of the Year
Nov. 6, 2012
IRVING, Texas - Mark Sherrod repeated as Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year and three other Tigers received C-USA postseason honors, the league office announced on Tuesday.
Sherrod finished the regular season with 12 goals, four assists, and 28 points. Sherrod's 12 goals and 1.65 points per game each rank 17th in NCAA Division I, and his 12 goals is tied for second in C-USA. The junior notched two multi-goal games against No. 14 SMU and Tulsa, respectively. The Knoxville, Tenn., native is the first player in program history and second player in C-USA history to win the Offensive Player of the Year honor in back-to-back seasons.
Sherrod and teammate Liam Collins also took home All-CUSA first team honors for the second year in a row. Collins leads the Tigers with seven assists and is tied for third in assists and assists per game (.41) in C-USA. The Ireland native is second all-time in program history with 24 assists.
Defender Jordan Johnson received All-C-USA third team honors. The senior has started every match this season (17) and has tallied one goal, four assists, and six points. Playing at right fullback, Johnson has helped the Memphis defense limit opponents to 9.2 shots per game and record three shutouts.
Freshman midfielder Quincy Thomas was named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team. Thomas was inserted into the starting line-up in the fourth match of the season and has started every match since. In his first start, he recorded one goal and one assist as Memphis battled No. 23 Furman to a 2-2 draw.
Memphis begins play at the C-USA Men's Soccer Championship on Wednesday at 5 p.m. (CT), taking on Kentucky in their opening round match. For more information on the University of Memphis men's soccer program and all Tigers athletics, please visit GoTigersGo.com.
Conference USA Postseason Awards
Players of the Year: Jaime Ibarra, SMU/Daniel Withrow, Marshall
Offensive Player of the Year: Mark Sherrod, Memphis
Defensive Player of the Year: Jaime Ibarra, SMU
Freshman of the Year: Cristian Mata, Tulsa