Florida Atlantic University football saw three players earn first team All-Conference USA honors while a total of 14 individual awards were awarded to the Owls on Tuesday.
Trevon Coley, who was named the team’s MVP on Sunday, was the lone senior named to the first team. Juniors Trey Hendrickson, who earned the Owls’ Bone Award, and Dalton Schomp, the team’s Special Teams MVP, joined Coley on the first team.
“Having 12 players earn Conference USA recognition is just another sign of where our program is going,” said Head Coach Charlie Partridge. “Three of the senior captains were honored and this program is grateful to them for the culture they have helped to create. The future lies with the remaining nine honorees and where they will be able to take this program.”
Coley, a defensive tackle, served as a team captain and was instrumental on a defensive line that set the program’s all-time single-season sack record with 35. The Owls sat atop the league in sacks and were ranked No. 13 nationally. Hendrickson, a defensive end, set FAU’s all-time single-season sack record at 13.5 and holds the program’s all-time career sacks record at 20, with a year to play. He led the league in sacks at the end of the 2015 regular season and was ranked No. 2 nationally following regular season play. Schomp led the nation with a punt average of 48.0 yards per punt. He tallied 22 punts of 50 yards or more and saw opponents return just 16 of his punts, an average of 7.2 yards per return. His longest was 76 yards.
Second team featured offensive lineman Reggie Bain, a sophomore, and senior corner Cre’von Leblanc, who earned FAU’s defensive MVP honors earlier in the week. Bain set four career-highs as a follow up to his Freshman All-American season in 2014. He played nearly every snap until he was sidelined midway through the final game of the 2015 season. His career high total grade was a 97% versus FIU and he tallied a career high 13 knockdowns versus Tulsa. LeBlanc had 43 tackles and a league leading four interceptions while being credited with 11 pass breakups and 15 defended. His efforts placed him No. 32 nationally in interceptions.
Honorable mention honors were bestowed to offensive linemen Mikingson Marsaille, who was named FAU’s offensive MVP on Sunday. Fellow offensive lineman Kelly Parfitt and fellow team captain Jenson Stoshak, who earned the team’s Iron Man Award, joined Marsaille on the honorable mention team. Also joining the trio were freshmen linebacker Ocie Rose and defensive back Jalen Young.
C-USA also honored standout freshman. The Owls started a nation leading 16 true freshmen and were fifth nationally in the number of freshmen and redshirt freshmen combined to regularly take the field. Four true freshmen earned a spot on the C-USA All-Freshman team which tied two other teams for the league high. Linebacker Ocie Rose, who tallied three interceptions for a single-season program high 155 return yards and three scores, and Azeez Al-Shaair, who led the Owls in total tackles with 94 and was named Co-Newcomer of the Year for the Owls, earned spots on the C-USA All-Freshman squad. Fellow defender Jalen Young, who had 69 tackles on the year and three interceptions, also made the team as did long snapper Casey Winner who provided every long snap in 2015 and worked with Schomp to lead the country with an average of 48.0 yards per snap. Winner saw the field goal unit hit 18-of-27 attempts and the PAT unit post a perfect 18-for-18 total on the year.
The Owls will return 11 players who earned all-conference honors in 2016 and will begin spring drills Tuesday, March 15. The 2016 Spring Game Saturday, April 16. Deposits for 2016 season tickets can be made by calling 1-866-FAU-Owls.