July 17, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University junior linebacker Andrae Kirk has been named to the preseason All-Conference USA First Team, the league office announced on Wednesday.
The announcement was made in advance of Conference USA media days, which will be held next week in Dallas. Kirk, a junior from Miami, appeared in all 12 games last season, with seven starts. He had eight games of five or more tackles, including seven each against Alabama and Georgia and a career high 11 in the Owls' season finale against Louisiana-Lafayette. He also totaled three pass breakups, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.
As a team, the Owls were picked to finish 6th in the East Division. FAU went 3-9 last season as a member of the Sun Belt. East Carolina was picked to win the East, taking 11 of the 14 first place votes. They were followed by Marshall (two first place votes), Middle Tennessee (one first place vote) and UAB. Southern Miss, FAU and FIU rounded out the order in the East.
In the West, Tulsa was the unanimous pick to win the division, followed by Rice, Louisiana Tech, UTEP, North Texas, Tulane and UTSA.
The Owls open the 2013 football season on the road at the University of Miami on Friday, August 30. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPNU.