Trio of Roadrunners named second-team All-Conference USA by Athlon Sports
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kenny Harrison, Steven Kurfehs and Triston Wade were tabbed preseason second-team All-Conference USA (C-USA), Athlon Sports announced on Thursday.
Harrison, who was named the league's second-best punt returner, is coming off a sophomore campaign that saw him finish second in the Football Bowl Subdivision with his 17.3 average. He returned 12 punts for 208 yards, including a program-record 79-yard touchdown in UTSA's season-ending 38-31 victory against I-35 rival Texas State and a 54-yarder in the 56-3 win against Northwestern Oklahoma State. The Linden native earned Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Special Teams Player of the Week honors following the Texas State contest, which was his second such award of the fall. The 5-foot-9, 165-pounder also was recognized following the Roadrunners' 38-14 triumph at Georgia State after returning three kickoffs for 111 yards, including a school-record 84-yard jaunt that set up the team's first touchdown of the contest. He finished the year 23.3 kickoff return average (14 returns for 326 yards) and added 19 receptions for 124 yards and a pair of scores from the wide receiver position.
Meanwhile, Kurfehs picked up second-team All-WAC accolades following a junior season that saw him record 71 tackles (41 solos) and a team-leading 4.5 sacks in 12 starts. After starting the first four games of the season at safety (“dawg”), he moved back to linebacker in the WAC opener at New Mexico State and responded with seven stops and 1.5 sacks. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder added nine more tackles at Rice and four and a 50-yard fumble recovery for a score the following week against San Jose State. The team captain from the Alamo City racked up seven stops, a half sack and two QB hurries against Utah State and finished the campaign with seven tackles and a sack against Texas State.
Wade was the squad's lone first-team All-WAC choice last season. The Tyler native once again showed a knack for finding the football, as he tied for the squad lead with four interceptions, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his dozen starts. The 6-foot, 170-pounder also ranked second with 74 tackles (45 solos) and 11 pass breakups. Wade forced a fumble on a kickoff return and intercepted a pass in the end zone in addition to recording 11 tackles in the season-opening victory at South Alabama and earned WAC Defensive Player of the Week and honorable mention Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week honors following that performance. He wreaked havoc once again with a 38-yard pick-six against Northwestern Oklahoma State. Wade forced another fumble to go along with four tackles and a pair of pass breakups at Georgia State and added a team-leading seven stops and a forced fumble against San Jose State. He posted a game-high 11 tackles and intercepted a pass against Utah State. Wade recovered a fumble against McNeese State as well as the season finale with I-35 rival Texas State and picked off another pass at Idaho. He has had a hand in a total of 13 turnovers (seven fumbles/six INTs) in the first 22 games of his career.
UTSA, which officially will join C-USA on July 1, kicks off its third season of play on Aug. 31 at New Mexico. The Roadrunners are coming off a 2012 campaign that saw them post an 8-4 overall record and 3-3 ledger in their first and only season as a member of the WAC.