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Preseason Conference USA Power Rankings

For the first time since 2013, Marshall is not number one in our C-USA Football Power Rankings.

Brian Powers-USA TODAY Sports

RushRank (Points) Team 2014 Final Record Returning Staters Week One Matchup 2014 Final Ranking
1. (160) 6 first place votes Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 8-5, (4-4)

Overall: 20

Offense: 7

Defense: 9

Special Teams: 4

Thursday, 6 PM MT @ Vanderbilt (SEC Network) #4
2. (156) 5 first place votes Marshall Thundering Herd 13-1, (7-1)

Overall: 13

Offense: 6

Defense: 5

Special Teams: 3

Sunday, 2 PM MT vs. Purdue (FoxSports1) #1
3. (149) 2 first place votes Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 9-5, (7-1)

Overall: 13

Offense: 5

Defense: 6

Special Teams: 3

Saturday, 5 PM MT vs. Southern (American Sports Network) #2
4. (130) Rice Owls 8-5, (5-3)

Overall: 11

Offense: 6

Defense: 3

Special Teams: 2

Saturday, 1:30 PM MT vs Wagner (American Sports Network) #3
5. (111) Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 6-6 (5-3)

Overall: 20

Offense: 8

Defense: 8

Special Teams: 4

Saturday, 5 PM MT vs. Jackson State #6
6. (110) UTEP Miners 7-6, (5-3)

Overall: 15

Offense: 6

Defense: 5

Special Teams: 4

Saturday, 1:30 PM MT @ #18 Arkansas (ESPNU) #5
7. (76) Florida Atlantic Owls 3-9, (2-6)

Overall: 14

Offense: 6

Defense: 6

Special Teams: 2

Saturday, 1:30 PM MT @ Tulsa (CBS Sports Network) #12
8. (74) Southern Miss. Golden Eagles 3-9, (1-7)

Overall: 18

Offense: 10

Defense: 5

Special Teams: 3

Saturday, 8 PM MT @ Mississippi State (FoxSports1) #13
9. (71)

Florida International Golden Panthers

4-8, (3-5)

Overall: 19

Offense: 7

Defense: 8

Special Teams: 4

Thursday, 4 PM MT @ UCF (CBS Sports Network) #10
10. (53) Old Dominion Monarchs 6-6, (4-4)

Overall: 15

Offense: 8

Defense: 5

Special Teams: 2

Saturday, 1 PM MT @ Eastern Michigan (ESPN 3) #7
11. (37) UTSA Roadrunners 4-8, (3-5)

Overall: 7

Offense: 2

Defense: 4

Special Teams: 1

Thursday, 8 PM MT @ #22 Arizona (PAC 12 Networks) #9
12. (36) North Texas Mean Green 4-8, (2-6)

Overall: 13

Offense: 6

Defense: 5

Special Teams: 3

Bye #11
13. (16) Charlotte 49ers 5-6

Overall: 16

Offense: 9

Defense: 7

Friday, 1:30 PM MT @ Georgia State (ESPNU) #FreeUAB
***Voting comprised of C-USA beat writers, and bloggers.

MinerRush All C-USA Teams

First Team Offense

Player Position
Brandon Doughty-WKU QB
Devon Johnson-Marshall RB
Aaron Jones-UTEP RB
Jonnu Smith-FIU TE
Carlos Harris-North Texas WR
Jared Dangerfield-WKU WR
Clint Van Horn-Marshall OL
Andrew Reue-Rice OL
Darius Johnson-Middle Tennessee OL
Michael Selby-Marshall OL
Kirby Wixon-LA Tech OL

First Team Defense

Player Position
Vernon Butler-LA Tech DL
Jarquez Samuel-Marshall DL
Michael Wakefield-FIU DL
Denzell Perines-FIU DL
T.T. Barber-Middle Tennessee LB
D.J. Hunter-Marshall LB
Drew Douglas-UTSA LB
Kevin Byard-Middle Tennessee DB
Xavier Woods-LA Tech DB
Crevon LeBlanc-FAU DB
Richard Leonard-FIU

DB

Specialists

Player Position
Trevor Moore-North Texas K
Autrey Golden-UTEP KR

Second Team Offense

Player Position
Driphus Jackson-Rice QB
Kenneth Dixon-LA Tech RB
Leon Allen-WKU RB
Tyler Higbee-WKU TE
Zach Pascal-Old Dominion WR
Trent Taylor-LA Tech WR
Eric Lee-UTEP OL
Cameron Tom-So Miss. OL
Joesph Dieugot-FIU OL
Will Hernandez-UTEP OL
Forest Lamp-WKU OL

Second Team Defense

Player Position
Michael Smith-So Miss. DL
Jason Neil-UTSA DL
Vontarrius Dora-LA Tech DL
Trevon Coley-FAU DL
Alex Lyons-Rice LB
Nick Holt-WKU LB
Davidson Colimon-FIU LB
Wonderful Terry-WKU DB
Adairius Barnes-La. Tech DB
Corey TIndal-Marshall DB
A.J. Leggett-Marshall DB

Rush Awards

MVP-Devon Johnson-Marshall

Offensive MVP-Brandon Doughty-Marshall

Defensive MVP: Kevin Byard-Middle Tennessee