Nov. 27, 2007
Orlando, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - UCF filled a league-high eight spots on the media's All-Conference USA First Team, which was released by conference officials on Tuesday. The Knights had seven representatives in all on the first team as junior Joe Burnett was named to the squad as both a defensive back and punt returner. UCF also had a pair of players named to the second team and a trio of Knights were mentioned on the media's all-freshman team as well.
Junior Kevin Smith, who leads the NCAA bowl subdivision with 2,164 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns this season was joined on the first-team offensive unit by three UCF linemen: Kyle Smith, Josh Sitton and Pat Brown. Those three offensive linemen have combined for 121 starts in their respective UCF careers.
Burnett was joined on the first-team defensive unit by senior end Leger Douzable. Burnett led C-USA with six interceptions during the season, while Douzable registered 5.5 sacks and a career-high 44 tackles.
Senior long snapper Michael Buscemi was one of five specialists named to the first team along with Burnett. Buscemi was a second-team honoree a year ago on the coaches' all-conference team. Burnett has been the league's first-team punt return in each of his three seasons for the Knights.
The Knights' second-team members were both on the defensive side of the ball as junior strong safety Sha'reff Rashad and freshman defensive end Bruce Miller were honored. Rashad leads the team with 90 tackles and also has four of the Knights' league-best 20 interceptions. Miller leads the team with six sacks - a total that is tied for the fourth most in the league.
Miller was also named to the all-freshman team along with fellow Knights Jah Reid and Derrick Hallman. Reid was the lone UCF offensive player on the rookie team, while Hallman led all UCF first-year players with 38 tackles in the regular season.
The Knights will take on Tulsa in the C-USA Championship game on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Bright House Networks Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for Noon ET and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
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2007 C-USA FOOTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
Quarterback - Paul Smith, Sr., Tulsa
Running Back- Matt Forte', Sr., Tulane
Running Back- Kevin Smith, Jr., UCF
Offensive Lineman- Jeff Akeroyd, Sr., Houston
Offensive Lineman- Pat Brown, Jr., UCF
Offensive Lineman- Doug Legursky, Sr., Marshall
Offensive Lineman- Josh Sitton., Sr., UCF
Offensive Lineman- Kyle Smith, Sr., UCF
Tight End- Cody Slate, So., Marshall
Wide Receiver- Donnie Avery, Sr., Houston
Wide Receiver- Jarett Dillard, Jr., Rice
Wide Receiver- Jeff Moturi, So., UTEP
Defensive Lineman- Matthew Chatelain, Sr., Southern Miss
Defensive Lineman- Leger Douzable, Sr., UCF
Defensive Lineman- Phillip Hunt, Jr., Houston
Defensive Lineman- Martavius Prince., Sr., Southern Miss
Linebacker- Chris Chamberlain, Sr., Tulsa
Linebacker- Nelson Coleman, Sr., Tulsa
Linebacker- Gerald McRath, So., Southern Miss
Defensive Back- Joe Burnett, Jr., UCF
Defensive Back- Quintin Demps, Sr., UTEP
Defensive Back- Will Dunbar, Sr., UAB
Defensive Back- Brandon Sumrall, Sr., Southern Miss
Placekicker- Swayze Waters, Jr., UAB
Punter- Thomas Morstead, Jr., SMU
Kick Returner- Chris Johnson, Sr., East Carolina
Punt Returner- Joe Burnett, Jr., UCF
Long Snapper- Michael Buscemi, Sr., UCF
Quarterback - Chase Clement, Jr., Rice
Running Back- Anthony Alridge, Sr., Houston
Running Back- Damion Fletcher, So., Southern Miss
Offensive Lineman- Aryan Barto, Sr., Tulane
Offensive Lineman- Matt Butler, Sr., East Carolina
Offensive Lineman- Chris Clark, Sr., Southern Miss
Offensive Lineman- Nick Dean., Sr., Southern Miss
Offensive Lineman- Robby Heos, Sr., Rice
Offensive Lineman- Andy Smith, Sr., Memphis
Tight End- Shawn Nelson, Jr., Southern Miss
Wide Receiver- Duke Calhoun, So., Memphis
Wide Receiver- Trae Johnson, Fr., Tulsa
Wide Receiver- Brennan Marion, Jr., Tulsa
Defensive Lineman- Antonio Harris., Sr., Tulane
Defensive Lineman- Moton Hopkins, Jr., Tulsa
Defensive Lineman- Bruce Miller, So., UCF
Defensive Lineman- Zack Slate, Jr., East Carolina
Linebacker- Joe Henderson, Jr., UAB
Linebacker- Jake Kasser, Sr., Memphis
Linebacker- Brian Raines, Jr., Rice
Defensive Back- Kenneth Fontennette, Jr., Houston
Defensive Back- Sha'reff Rashad, Sr., UCF
Defensive Back- Andrew Sendejo, So., Rice
Defensive Back- C.J. Spillman, Jr., Marshall
Placekicker- Jose Martinez, Jr., UTEP
Punter- Britt Barefoot., So., Southern Miss
Kick Returner- Donnie Avery, Sr., Houston
Punt Returner- Quintin Demps, Sr., UTEP
Long Snapper- John Warren, Jr., Tulsa