TU’s Carter and McCoil are C-USA Picks
TOP CHOICES: Willie Carter, left, and Dexter McCoil are ready for gridiron action.
MATT WANSLEY for GTR Newspapers
The University of Tulsa’s Willie Carter and Dexter McCoil, both seniors, were named to the Conference preseason all-conference team as selected by the league’s coaches.
Both players were second-team all-Conference selections last year after helping the Golden Hurricane post an 8-5 record and make the school’s seventh bowl game in the last nine years.
Carter had a team-leading 868 receiving yards for a 14.2 average, 62 rushing yards and a combined nine TDs – seven receiving and two rushing. He had a career-best 173 yards and one touchdown on 13 receptions against , while going over 100 yards in two more games. In his career, Carter has 1,184 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns, and 389 rushing yards with five TDs.
Carter missed the and games with injuries.
A three-year starter at safety, McCoil enters the 2012 season tied for the school’s all-time lead for interceptions with 13. He has had six pick-offs in each of the last two seasons. McCoil totaled 84 tackles, seven pass break-ups and ranked ninth nationally with 6 interceptions for 131 yards a year ago. In his career, McCoil has compiled 225 career tackles, 16 pass break-ups and 13 interceptions.
This preseason, McCoil has been named to the 2012 preseason Watch Lists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation’s top defensive player and the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back.
Last year, McCoil finished the season with 10 tackles, two interceptions for 37 yards and one pass breakup against , while being named Tulsa’s of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.