Top awards unveiled by C-USA
HUNTINGTON — Conference USA’s top football honors went to two programs who were not on the radar when the season began.
Florida Atlantic’s Devin Singletary earned the league’s top honor for a player as he was named as the C-USA Most Valuable Player while UAB’s Bill Clark was named as the C-USA Coach of the Year.
Theleague’s14headcoach The league’s 14 head coaches voted on the conference’s specialty awards.
Behind Singletary, Florida Atlantic went undefeated in C-USA action and earned the conference championship last week with a convincing win over North Texas.
Singletary rushed for 1,796 yards and 29 touchdowns during the regular season and leads the Owls into the Boca Raton Bowl against Akron on Dec. 19. His touchdown total is No. 1 and his rushing total is No. 4 in FBS.
Clark’s 2017 success goes far beyond the playing field where his UAB team finished the regular season at 8-4 and will participate in the Bahamas Bowl against Ohio.
The eight wins are a program record, as are the six conference wins and six home wins the Blazers have enjoyed to this point.
The success comes after Clark decided to stay the course with the program, which was eliminated in 2014 before being reinstated in 2015.
Despite not playing in 2015 or 2016, Clark got his team ready for the 2017 season and had terrific success, finishing with a 6-2 conference mark.
North Texas quarterback Mason Fine was named as the Offensive Player of the Year in C-USA after throwing for 3,749 yards and 28 touchdowns.
UTSA’s Marcus Davenport was the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year. The defensive end had 55 tackles with 17.5 tackles for loss, including 8.5 quarterback sacks. He also had eight quarterback hurries, four pass breakups, three forced fumbles and a fumble return for a score.
Old Dominion kick returner Isaiah Harper was the C-USA Special Teams Player of the Year after averaging 29.1 yards per kickoff return with three touchdowns.
C-USA Freshman of the Year honors went to UAB’s Spencer Brown, a running back with 1,292 yards and 10 touchdowns. He had six games of 100 or more yards.
Newcomers of the Year were Louisiana Tech wide receiver Teddy Veal and North Texas wide receiver Jalen Guyton. Veal had 69 receptions for 832 yards and five touchdowns while Guyton hauled in 48 catches for 764 yards and nine touchdowns.
C-USA FOOTBALL AWARDS
Most Valuable Player
Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic
Offensive Player of the Year
Mason Fine, QB, North Texas
Defensive Player of the Year
Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
Special Teams Player of the Year
Isaiah Harper, KR, Old Dominion
Freshman of the Year
Spencer Brown, RB, UAB
Newcomers of the Year
Teddy Veal, WR, Louisiana Tech Jalen Guyton, WR, North Texas
Coach of the Year
Bill Clark, UAB