2023 All-Conference USA College Football Team and Individual Honors

    The very best of the CUSA are highlighted with the CFN All-Conference USA Team and Individual honors for the 2023 college football season.

    It was a new-look Conference USA in 2023 and it certainly played that way with Liberty and New Mexico State representing the conference in the championship game. The Liberty Flames finished the 2023 as the only undefeated Group of Five program and turned heads nationally in doing so.

    Here are the top honors on the 2023 CFN All-Conference USA Team.

    Conference USA Football Team Honors for 2023

    Follow along with all of the CFN All-Conference teams all the same for individual honors from each conference: All-Americans | ACC | B1G | Big 12 | Pac-12 | SEC | FBS Ind. | AAC | MAC | Mountain West | Sun Belt

    • Player of the Year
      Kaidon Salter, QB, Liberty
    • Offensive Player of the Year
      Clay Webb, G, Jacksonville State
    • Defensive Player of the Year
      Trevor Williams, LB, Sam Houston
    • Specialist of the Year
      Smoke Harris, Louisiana Tech
    • Newcomer of the Year
      Sam Brumfield, Middle Tennessee
    • Coach of the Year
      Jamey Chadwell, Liberty

    All-Conference USA Offense

    • Quarterback of the Year
      Kaidon Salter, Liberty
    • Running Back of the Year
      Quinton Cooley, Liberty
    • Wide Receiver of the Year
      Kris Mitchell, FIU
    • Tight End of the Year
      Sean Brown, Jacksonville State
    • Offensive Tackle of the Year
      Zuri Henry, UTEP
    • Offensive Guard of the Year
      Clay Webb, Jacksonville State
    • Offensive Center of the Year
      Andrew Meyer, UTEP
    • Offensive Lineman of the Year
      Clay Webb, Jacksonville State
    • Offensive Line of the Year
      UTEP Miners
    • Offensive Newcomer of the Year
      Shomari Lawrence, FIU

    2023 First-Team All-Conference USA Offense

    QB: Kaidon Salter, Liberty
    RB: Quinton Cooley, Liberty
    RB: Malik Jackson, Jacksonville State
    WR: Malachi Corley, Western Kentucky
    WR: Kris Mitchell, FIU
    WR: Kelly Akharaiyi, UTEP
    TE: Sean Brown, Jacksonville State
    FLEX: CJ Daniels, Liberty
    OT: Zuri Henry, UTEP
    OG: Clay Webb, Jacksonville State
    OC: Andrew Meyer, UTEP
    OG: X’Zauvea Gadlin, Liberty
    OT: Xavier Bausley, Jacksonville State

    2023 Second-Team All-Conference USA Offense

    QB: Diego Pavia, New Mexico State
    RB: Torrance Burgess Jr., UTEP
    RB: Deion Hankins, UTEP
    WR: Cyrus Allen, Louisiana Tech
    WR: Smoke Harris, Louisiana Tech
    WR: Trent Hudson, New Mexico State
    TE: Bentley Hanshaw, Liberty
    FLEX: Monte Watkins, New Mexico State
    OT: Phillip Houston, FIU
    OG: Justin Mayers, UTEP
    OC: Jordan White, Liberty
    OG: Elijah Klein, UTEP
    OT: Louie Canepa, New Mexico State

    2023 Third-Team All-Conference USA Offense

    QB: Austin Reed, Western Kentucky
    RB: Star Thomas, New Mexico State
    RB: Shomari Lawrence, FIU
    WR: Perry Carter, Jacksonville State
    WR: Noah Smith, Sam Houston
    WR: Holden Willis, Middle Tennessee
    TE: River Helms, Western Kentucky
    FLEX: Elijah Metcalf, Middle Tennessee
    OT: Chase Mitchell, Liberty
    OG: Bert Hale, Louisiana Tech
    OC: Treylen Brown, Jacksonville State
    OG: Quantavious Leslie, Western Kentucky
    OT: Shiyazh Pete, New Mexico State

    2023 Honorable Mention All-Conference USA Offense

    QB: Nicholas Vattiato, Middle Tennessee
    QB: Keegan Shoemaker, Sam Houston
    RB: Tyre Shelton, Louisiana Tech
    RB: Kejon Owens, FIU
    RB: Billy Lucas, Liberty
    RB: Aaron Bedgood, Liberty
    WR: Jeremiah Ballard, UTEP
    WR: Jonathan Brady, New Mexico State
    WR: Justin Olson, Middle Tennessee
    WR: Dalvin Smith, Western Kentucky
    WR: Easton Messer, Western Kentucky
    WR: Dean Patterson, FIU
    TE: Eliah Sohn, Sam Houston
    TE: Rocky Beers, FIU
    FLEX: Treon Sibley, Liberty
    FLEX: John Gentry, Sam Houston
    OT: Dakota White, Louisiana Tech
    OT: Carson Bruno, Louisiana Tech
    OG: Keylan Rutledge, Middle Tennessee
    OG: AJ Vaipulu, New Mexico State
    OC: Canaan Yarro, New Mexico State
    OC: Vincent Murphy, Western Kentucky
    OG: Wesley Horton, Western Kentucky
    OG: Jonathan Graham, Liberty
    OT: Will O’Steen, Jacksonville State
    OT: Jacqui Graham, Middle Tennessee

    All-Conference USADefense

    • Defensive Lineman of the Year
      Chris Hardie, Jacksonville State
    • EDGE Defender of the Year
      Chris Hardie, Jacksonville State
    • Defensive Interior of the Year
      Izaiah Reed, New Mexico State
    • Linebacker of the Year
      Trevor Williams, Sam Houston
    • Cornerback of the Year
      Kobe Singleton, Liberty
    • Safety of the Year
      Kendrick Simpkins, Western Kentucky
    • Defensive Line of the Year
      New Mexico State Aggies
    • Secondary of the Year
      Liberty Flames
    • Defensive Newcomer of the Year
      Sam Brumfield, Middle Tennessee

    2023 First-Team All-Conference USA Defense

    EDGE: Chris Hardie, Jacksonville State
    DT: Izaiah Reed, New Mexico State
    DT: Jordan Guerad, FIU
    EDGE: CJ Bazile Jr., Liberty
    LB: Trevor Williams, Sam Houston
    LB: Tyrice Knight, UTEP
    LB: Tyren Dupree, Liberty
    CB: Kolbi Fuqua, Jacksonville State
    CB: Kobe Singleton, Liberty
    CB: Willie Roberts, Louisiana Tech
    S: Kendrick Simpkins, Western Kentucky
    S: Brylan Green, Liberty
    FLEX: Sam Brumfield, Middle Tennessee

    2023 Second-Team All-Conference USA Defense

    EDGE: Praise Amaewhule, UTEP
    DT: Gabriel Iniguez, New Mexico State
    DT: Keenan Stewart, UTEP
    EDGE: Alex Nobles, FIU
    LB: Donovan Manuel, FIU
    LB: Quae Drake, Jacksonville State
    LB: Jesloard Boateng, Louisiana Tech
    CB: Brian Blades, FIU
    CB: Keonte Glinton, New Mexico State
    CB: Preston Hodge, Liberty
    S: Da’Marcus Crosby, Sam Houston
    S: Larry Worth, Jacksonville State
    FLEX: Tyrell Raby, Middle Tennesse

    2023 Third-Team All-Conference USA Defense

    EDGE: Maurice Westmoreland, UTEP
    DT: Dion Wilson Jr., New Mexico State
    DT: Sterling Webb, New Mexico State
    EDGE: Issiah Nixon, Sam Houston
    LB: Keyshaun Elliott, New Mexico State
    LB: Reggie Peterson, FIU
    LB: Kavian Gaither, Sam Houston
    CB: Michael Richard, Louisiana Tech
    CB: Anthony Johnson Jr., Western Kentucky
    CB: Teldrick Ross, Middle Tennessee
    S: CJ Christian, FIU
    S: Tra Fluellen, Middle Tennessee
    FLEX: Brandon Bishop, Liberty

    2023 Honorable Mention All-Conference USA Defense

    EDGE: Gabe Peterson, New Mexico State
    EDGE: Quindarius Dunningan, Middle Tennessee
    DT: Kendy Charles, Liberty
    DT: Devin Baldwin, Jacksonville State
    DT: Rason Williams II, Louisiana Tech
    DT: Jayden Loving, Western Kentucky
    EDGE: Jaylen Swain, Jacksonville State
    EDGE: Buddha Peleti, New Mexico State
    LB: Jerome Jolly Jr., Liberty
    LB: Aaron Key, Western Kentucky
    LB: Zach Zimos, Louisiana Tech
    LB: Brevin Randle, Louisiana Tech
    LB: James Neal, UTEP
    LB: Desmyn Baker, Western Kentucky
    CB: Kekoura Tarnue, Jacksonville State
    CB: Cedric Woods, Louisiana Tech
    CB: Hezekiah Masses, FIU
    CB: Virgil Marshall, Western Kentucky
    CB: Mehki Miller, New Mexico State
    CB: Torey Richardson, UTEP
    S: Jeremiah Harris, Jacksonville State
    S: Quinton Reese, Liberty
    S: Fred Perry, Jacksonville State
    S: Oscar Moore, UTEP
    FLEX: Caleb Weaver, Sam Houston
    FLEX: Isaiah Downes, Sam Houston

    All-Conference USA Special Teams

    • Kicker of the Year
      Colby Sessums, Sam Houston
    • Punter of the Year
      Jack Dawson, Jacksonville State
    • Kick Returner of the Year
      Aaron Bedgood, Liberty
    • Punt Returner of the Year
      Smoke Harris, Louisiana Tech
    • Special Teamer of the Year
      Trey Fields, Sam Houston
    • Kickoff Specialist of the Year
      Buck Buchanan, Louisiana Tech
    • Special Teams Newcomer of the Year
      Colby Sessums, Sam Houston

    2023 First-Team All-Conference USA Specialists

    PK: Colby Sessums, Sam Houston
    KOS: Buck Buchanan, Louisiana Tech
    P: Jack Dawson, Jacksonville State
    KR: Aaron Bedgood, Liberty
    PR: Smoke Harris, Louisiana Tech
    ST: Trey Fields, Sam Houston

    2023 Second-Team All-Conference USA Specialists

    PK: Ethan Albertson, New Mexico State
    KOS: Cory Munson, Western Kentucky
    P: Jadon Cardell, Sam Houston
    KR: Easton Messer, Western Kentucky
    PR: Torrance Burgess Jr., UTEP
    ST: Chris Johnson, Middle Tennessee

    2023 Third-Team All-Conference USA Specialists

    PK: Jacob Barnes, Louisiana Tech
    KOS: Ethan Albertson, New Mexico State
    P: Joshua Sloan, UTEP
    KR: Malik Phillips, Sam Houston
    PR: Dean Patterson, FIU
    ST: Rocky Beers, FIU

    2023 Honorable Mention All-Conference USA Specialists

    PK: Lucas Carneiro, Western Kentucky
    PK: Alen Karajic, Jacksonville State
    KOS: Alen Karajic, Jacksonville State
    KOS: Lucas Matias, FIU
    P: Blake Ochsendorf, Louisiana Tech
    P: Zach Haynes, New Mexico State
    KR: Torrance Burgess Jr., UTEP
    KR: Ross Fournet, FIU
    PR: Jonathan Brady, New Mexico State
    PR: Zack Dobson, Middle Tennessee
    ST: Kenny Byrd, UTEP
    ST: Bobby Salla Jr., FIU

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