Houston quarterback Case Keenum was chosen as Conference USA Preseason Offensive Player of the Year in a vote of league coaches.
Marshall defensive end Vinny Curry was named the preseason Defensive Player of the Year, while Tulsa return specialist Damaris Johnson earned Special Teams Player of the Year honors.
Keenum is back for a sixth season after missing nearly all of last season with a torn ACL. He was the 2009 C-USA MVP and the 2008 Offensive Player of the Year. Keenum enters this season on pace to break NCAA career records for total offense, passing yards, touchdowns, pass attempts and completions.
Going into the season, Keenum has 14,448 career yards of total offense (7th), 13,586 passing yards (5th), 107 touchdown passes (8th), 1,626 pass attempts (10th), 1,118 pass completions (7th). He is one of only two players in NCAA Division I history to record multiple 5,000-yard passing seasons and set a school single-season record with 5,671 passing yards in 2009, the third-highest passing total in NCAA Division I-FBS single-season history.
Curry earned first-team All-Conference USA honors last season, leading all defensive linemen in FBS in tackles with 94 total stops (7.83 per game) and ranking fifth in the nation with 12 sacks.
Johnson, last season’s Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Year, led the nation in all-purpose yards in each of the past two seasons. Johnson is already the NCAA’s all-time record-holder for all-purpose yards (7,796) and kickoff return yards (3,417).
QB Case Keenum, Sr., Houston
RB Bryce Beall, Sr., Houston
RB Zach Line, Jr., SMU
OL Clint Anderson, Sr., Tulsa
OL Kelvin Beachum, Sr., SMU
OL Matt McCants, Sr., UAB
OL Nick Pieschel, Sr., UCF
OL Chris Thompson, Sr., Houston
WR Patrick Edwards, Sr., Houston
WR Damaris Johnson, Sr., Tulsa
WR Lance Lewis, Sr., East Carolina
TE Adam Nissley, Sr., UCF
DL Vinny Curry, Sr., Marshall
DL Elliott Henigan, Sr., UAB
DL Cordarro Law, Sr., Southern Miss
DL Taylor Thompson, Sr., SMU
LB Ja’Gared Davis, Jr., SMU
LB Trent Mackey, Jr., Tulane
LB Marcus McGraw, Sr., Houston
LB Korey Williams, Sr., Southern Miss
DB Emanuel Davis, Sr., East Carolina
DB Kemal Ishmael, Jr., UCF
DB Marco Nelson, So., Tulsa
DB Josh Robinson, Jr., UCF
K Danny Hrapmann, Sr., Southern Miss
P Kyle Martens, Sr., Rice
KR Quincy McDuffie, Jr., UCF
PR Patrick Edwards, Sr., Houston
PR Damaris Johnson, Sr., Tulsa