Southern Miss. quarterback Nick Mullens was named C-USA Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, as five UTEP Miners were voted to the Preseason All Conference USA team as voted on by the coaches across the league which was released today.
UTEP's selections are running back Aaron Jones, offensive lineman Will Hernandez, defensive end Nick Usher, linebacker Alvin Jones, and Warren Redix was voted on as a punt returner as UTEP's 2016 representatives.
Hernandez has started 25 games the past two years for UTEP, and was a C-USA Honorable Mention honoree last season, and was on the Phil Steele's Postseason All C-USA third team in 2015.
Usher was a 2015 all-conference honorable mention after a career best 10 TFL's in 2015, and will be UTEP's top pass rusher in 2016.
Alvin Jones had a banner sophomore year leading the ream with 93 tackles, and 14.5 TFL's.
Redix was played a number of offensive skill roles in 2015, averaging six yards per punt return last season, and totaled 419 all-purpose yards in 2015.
Aaron Jones looks to add to his legend as he returns from injury ranking 8th on the program's all-time rushing list with 2,341 rushing yards. He is also on the 2016 Maxwell, and Doak Walker Award preseason watch list.
FAU's Trey Hendrickson was named C-USA Defensive Player of the Year, and LA Tech kicker Jonathan Barnes, and FAU punter Dalton Schomp were named Special Teams Players of the Year.
Offensive Player of the Year
Nick Mullens, Sr., QB, Southern Miss
Defensive Player of the Year
Trey Hendrickson, Sr., DE, Florida Atlantic
Special Teams Players of the Year
Jonathan Barnes, Jr., K, Louisiana Tech
Dalton Schomp, Sr., P, Florida Atlantic
QB Brent Stockstill, So., Middle Tennessee
QB Nick Mullens, Sr., Southern Miss
RB Kalif Phillips, Sr., Charlotte
RB Ray Lawry, Jr., Old Dominion
RB Ito Smith, Jr., Southern Miss
RB Aaron Jones, Sr., UTEP
RB Jarveon Williams, Sr., UTSA
RB Anthony Wales, Sr., WKU
OL Michael Montero, Sr., FIU
OL Reggie Bain, Jr., Florida Atlantic
OL Darrell Brown, Sr., Louisiana Tech
OL David Mahaffey, Sr., Louisiana Tech
OL Michael Selby, Sr., Marshall
OL Clint Van Horn, Sr., Marshall
OL Maurquice Shakir, Sr., Middle Tennessee
OL Cameron Tom, Sr., Southern Miss
OL Forrest Lamp, Sr., WKU
OL Will Hernandez, Jr., UTEP
TE Jonnu Smith, Sr., FIU
TE Ryan Yurachek, Jr., Marshall
WR Trent Taylor, Sr., Louisiana Tech
WR Richie James, So., Middle Tennessee
WR Zach Pascal, Sr., Old Dominion
WR Taywan Taylor, Sr., WKU
DL Larry Ogunjobi, Sr., Charlotte
DL Trey Hendrickson, Sr., Florida Atlantic
DL Jaylon Ferguson, So., Louisiana Tech
DL Gary Thompson, Sr., Marshall
DL Rashaad Coward, Sr., Old Dominion
DL Dylan Bradley, Sr., Southern Miss
DL Nick Usher, Sr., UTEP
DL Marcus Davenport, Jr., UTSA
LB Anthony Wint, Jr., FIU
LB Azeez Al-Shaair, So., Florida Atlantic
LB TJ Ricks, Sr., Old Dominion
LB Alex Lyons, Sr., Rice
LB D’Nerius Antoine, Sr., Southern Miss
LB Alvin Jones, Jr., UTEP
DB Ocie Rose, So., Florida Atlantic
DB Jalen Young, So., Florida Atlantic
DB Xavier Woods, Sr., Louisiana Tech
DB Jeremy Cutrer, Sr., Middle Tennessee
DB Kishawn McClain, Jr., North Texas
DB Justice Davila, Jr., Old Dominion
DB Picasso Nelson Jr., Jr., Southern Miss
DB Michael Egwuagu, Sr., UTSA
K Jonathan Barnes, Jr., Louisiana Tech
P Dalton Schomp, Sr., Florida Atlantic
KR Kylen Towner, Jr., WKU
PR Warren Redix, So., UTEP
LS Darrell Travis, Sr., Louisiana Tech