Preseason all-conference

Conference USA

Coaches awards

Offensive Player of the Year — Rakeem Cato, Jr., QB, Marshall

Defensive Player of the Year — Phillip Gaines, Sr., DB, Rice

Special Teams Player of the Year — Cairo Santos, Sr., K, Tulane

First-team offense

QB Rakeem Cato Jr. Marshall

RB Vintavious Cooper Sr. East Carolina

RB Darrin Reaves Jr. UAB

OL Jake Alexander Jr. Tulsa

OL Stetson Burnett Sr. Tulsa

OL Scott Inskeep Jr. UTSA

OL Nate Richards Sr. Rice

OL Matt Shepperd Jr. Louisiana Tech

OL Will Simmons Sr. East Carolina

WR Justin Hardy Jr. East Carolina

WR Ryan Grant Sr. Tulane

WR Tommy Shuler Jr. Marshall

TE Gator Hoskins Sr. Marshall

First-team defense

DL Ch. Covington So. Rice

DL Justin Ellis Sr. , Louisiana Tech

DL Greg Hickman Sr. , FIU

DL R. Nunez-Roches Sr. Southern Miss

LB Shawn Jackson , Sr. , Tulsa

LB Derrell Johnson , Sr. East Carolina

LB Andre Kirk Jr. Florida Atlantic

DB Kevin Byard So. M. Tennessee

DB Lorenzo Doss So. Tulane

DB Phillip Gaines Sr. Rice

DB Marco Nelson Sr. Tulsa

First-team special teams

K Cairo Santos Tulane

P Tyler Williams, Marshall

KR Reggie Whatley Middle Tennessee

PR Trey Watts Tulsa

Southland Conference

First-team offense

QB Wynrick Smothers Central Arkansas

RB Timothy Flanders Sam Houston

RB Gus Johnson S.F. Austin

TE Nick Scelfo Nicholls State

WR D.J. Ward S.F. Austin

WR Dezmin Lewis Central Arkansas

WR Diontae Spencer McNeese State

OL Arinze Agada McNeese State

OL Gasten Gabriel SE Louisiana

OL Cole Caruthers Central Arkansas

OL Donald Jackson III Sam Houston

OL Antoine Everett McNeese State

AP Richard Sincere Sam Houston

PK Eddie Camara Central Arkansas

First-team defense

DL Jonathan Woodard Central Arkansas

DL Darren Robinson S.F. Austin

DL Matt Hornbuckle Central Arkansas

DL Gary Lorance Sam Houston

LB Justin Heard Central Arkansas

LB Deonte Thompson McNeese State

LB Eric Fieilo Sam Houston

DB Jestin Love Central Arkansas

DB Terence Cahee McNeese State

DB Bookie Sneed Sam Houston

DB Guy Morgan McNeese State

DB Radarius Winston Central Arkansas

P Kollin Kahler Lamar

KR Xavier Roberson SE Louisiana

Second-team offense

QB — Brian Bell, SHSU: RB — Marcus Wiltz, McNeese; Marcus Washington, Nicholls. TE/HB — Nic Jacobs, McNeese; WR — Chance Nelson , Sam Houston; Michael Brooks, S.F. Austin; Barry Ford, Lamar. OL — Andrew Ratliff, S.F. Austin; Dominique Allen, Central Arkansas; Warren Jones, Northwestern St.; Matt Boyles, Sam Houston; Kyle Stouffer, Central Arkansas; AP — Xavier Roberson, Southeastern La.; PK — Andrew Dolan, Nicholls.

Second-team defense

DL — Jesse Dickson, Lamar; Everett Ellefsen, McNeese; Chris Loveless, McNeese; Jarrett Brown, Sam Houston; LB — Jesse Beauchamp, Sam Houston; Jermaine Longino, Lamar; Kaleb Muse, Southeastern La.; DB — Caleb Nelson, S.F. Austin; Bert White, Northwestern St.; Marcus Peters, Central Arkansas; Todd Washington, Southeastern La.; Chad Allen, Lamar; P — Jean Breaux, McNeese; KR — Javaris Murray, McNeese; PR — Michael Brooks, S.F. Austin.