All-Conference USA preseason

Offensive player of the year: Rakeem Cato, Sr., QB, Marshall

Defensive player of the year: James Rouse, Sr., DL, Marshall

Special teams player of the year: Hunter Mullins, Sr., P, UAB

Offense

QB: Rakeem Cato, Sr., Marshall

RB: Kenneth Dixon, Jr., Louisiana Tech

RB: Aaron Jones, So., UTEP

OL: Scott Inskeep, Sr., UTSA

OL: Chris Jasperse, Sr., Marshall

OL: Cyril Lemon, Sr., North Texas

OL: Clint Van Horn, Jr., Marshall

OL: Mason Y’Barbo, Sr., North Texas

WR: Jamarcus Nelson, Sr., UAB

WR: Tommy Shuler, Sr., Marshall

WR: Jordan Taylor., Sr., Rice

TE: Eric Tomlinson, Sr., UTEP

Defense

DL: Vernon Butler, Jr., Louisiana Tech

DL: Christian Covington, Jr., Rice

DL: Ra’Shawde Myers, Sr., Marshall

DL: James Rouse, Sr., Marshall

LB: T.T. Barber, Sr., Middle Tennessee

LB: Evan McKelvey, Sr., Marshall

LB: Andrae Kirk, Jr., Florida Atlantic

DB: Kevin Byard, Jr., Middle Tennessee

DB: Bryce Callahan, Sr., Rice

DB: D’Joun Smith, Sr., Florida Atlantic

DB: Triston Wade, Sr., UTSA

Special Teams

K: Sean Ianno, Sr., UTSA

P: Hunter Mullins, Sr., UAB

KR: Autrey Golden, Jr., UTEP

PR: Kenny Harrison, Sr., UTSA

LS: Jesse Medrano, Sr., UTSA

Predicted finish

EAST DIVISIONPts

1. Marshall 91

2. Middle Tennessee 73

3. Florida Atlantic60

4. Western Kentucky57

5. Old Dominion33

6. Alabama-Birmingham31

7. Florida International19

WEST DIVISIONPts

1. North Texas66

2. Rice65

3. UTSA62

4. Louisiana Tech38

5. Southern Miss24

6. UTEP18