2016 CollegeFootballNews.com Midseason Top Conference USA Players, Coaches, Rankings, Games, Surprise & Disappointments
2016 Conference USA Midseason Analysis
Conference USA Midseason Offensive Player
WR Trent Taylor, Sr. Louisiana Tech
Unstoppable, Taylor has caught ten passes or more in four of his last five games including a 17-grab day for 210 yards and two scores in the thrilling loss to Middle Tennessee. He’s able to everything for a Louisiana Tech offense that had to rebuild a bit, making 66 grabs for 861 yards and eight scores in just six games.
Conference USA Midseason Defensive Player
LB Treyvon Williams, Jr. FIU
It’s been a rough year for the Golden Panthers, but Williams has done just about everything to try helping the defensive side with 66 tackles and three sacks. A tough-as-nails 6-0, 229-pounder, he cranked up double-digit stops in four of the six games including 15 against Florida Atlantic.
Conference USA Midseason Top 10 Players
1. WR Trent Taylor, Sr. Louisiana Tech
2. QB Ryan Higgins, Sr. Louisiana Tech
3. QB Mike White, Jr. WKU
4. RB I’Tavius Mathers, Sr. Middle Tennessee
5. QB Brent Stockstill, Jr. Middle Tennessee
6. QB Chase Litton, Soph. Marshall
7. WR/KR Carlos Henderson, Jr. Louisiana Tech
8. LB Treyvon Williams, Jr. FIU
9. S Jalen Young, Soph. Florida Atlantic
10. QB David Washington, Sr. Old Dominion
Conference USA Midseason Coach Rankings
1. Bobby Wilder, Old Dominion
2. Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee
3. Skip Holtz, Louisiana Tech
4. Jeff Brohm, WKU
5. Frank Wilson, UTSA
6. North Texas, Seth Littrell
7. Jay Hopson, Southern Miss
8. Doc Holliday, Marshall
9. Sean Kugler, UTEP
10. Brad Lambert, Charlotte
11. Ron Cooper, FIU
12. David Bailiff, Rice
13. Charlie Partridge, Florida Atlantic
Conference USA Midseason Best Games
1. Louisiana Tech 55, WKU 52, Oct. 6
2. North Texas 42, Rice 35, 2OT, Sept. 24
3. Middle Tennessee 38, Louisiana Tech 34, Sept. 24
Conference USA Midseason Best Surprise
UTSA. This team came into the season with next to nothing but a new head coach and a ton of rebuilding to do. Frank Wilson’s team might be just 2-3 with one of those wins coming against Alcorn State, but pushed Arizona State in a 32-28 loss and shocked Southern Miss with a 55-32 thumping. There’s a real shot at going bowling now.
Conference USA Midseason Biggest Disappointment
Marshall defense. The Herd O has been okay, but the D has been a disaster in a puzzling and awful 1-4 start. Marshall got bombed on by Louisville and Pitt – that’s fine. But to lose at home to Akron 65-38 is a problem and dropping a 38-21 date last week to North Texas was worse.
Conference USA Midseason – We Were Right On …
The quarterbacks are terrific. Brent Stockstill is rocking it for Middle Tennessee. Nick Mullens is throwing too many picks for Southern Miss, but he’s bombing away. So is Marshall’s Chase Litton at Marshall, Old Dominion’s David Washington is balling, and Louisiana Tech’s Ryan Higgins and WKU’s Mike White have been outstanding. Every week has been fun.
Conference USA Midseason – We Were Wrong On …
Old Dominion. The Monarchs were close to coming up with a good season last year, and the four wins haven’t been a big deal – beating Hampton, UTSA, Charlotte and UMass – but they’re 4-2 and a mortal lock to go bowling with winnable games against UTEP, Marshall, Florida Atlantic and FIU still to play.