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Ogunjobi; Phillips First To Earn all-Conference USA Honors
Charlotte 49ers red-shirt junior nosetackle Larry Ogunjobi (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale) and junior running back Kalif Phillips (Kannapolis, N.C./A.L. Brown) became the first football players in 49ers history to earn all-conference honors when they were named to the 2015 all-Conference USA Second Team, today.

This was the first season that the 49ers competed at the FBS level and it was Charlotte’s inaugural year as a member of Conference USA.

"It’s a good honor for them individually and for us as a program, as we take the next step" said 49ers head coach Brad Lambert. "These are two guys that have been here since our first season in 2013 and they’ve worked extremely hard and put themselves in position to be successful. They’re both humble guys who show up and work every day."

Ogunjobi, who is one of two players that has started every game in 49ers history, shared the Conference USA lead for tackles for loss with a school-record 14.5 TFL (1.21/game). He was the 49ers third-leading tackler (62) and finished the season with a 49ers record 152 career tackles. He ranked sixth in the league with 9.5 TFL in C-USA games, including a school-record 4.5 vs. UTSA. He had double-digit tackles, twice, with a career-best 11 tackles vs. Florida Atlantic and 10 vs. UTSA. A double-major in Computer Science and Biology, Ogunjobi ranks 9th in the NCAA among active FBS players with 1.04 tackles for loss per game over his three-year career. He holds 49ers career records with 152 tackles, 35.5 TFL and 10.0 sacks and single-season records with 14.5 TFL and 5.0 sacks. He was the first player to be honored with the 49ers prestigious #49 jersey, in Charlotte’s inaugural game back in 2013.

"Larry has been a very productive guy for us on defense," Lambert added. "He’s part of our original class that came in in 2012 and he’s made a lot of plays for us. He’s active behind the line of scrimmage and has just been a very productive and durable guy. It’s been fun to watch him get better each year."

Phillips, who has been the 49ers leading rusher the last two years, ranked sixth in C-USA with 87.4 rushing yards per game, despite gaining just 10 yards on four carries in his last two games due to injury. Phillips averaged 105.7 yards over the 49ers first nine games. He finished the season tied for first in C-USA with 190 carries which produced 961 yards. His 99.0 rushing average in C-USA games was third-best in the league. During the season, Phillips enjoyed a string of three straight games with 100 or more yards rushing which included a school-record 204-yard performance at Old Dominion. He rushed for 159 yards vs. FAU, 125 vs. Temple and added 99 vs. Marshall. His 3,113 yards over his three-year career rank 15th in the NCAA among active FBS rushers and give him a single-season average of over 1,000 yards per season (1,037.7/season). Phillips shared the 49ers team-lead with five touchdowns to give him a school-record 38 in his career. He owns 11 100-yard games over the last three years.

"Kalif has a unique ability to make people miss but be a real physical runner at the same time," Lambert said. "He’s shown he can play at the FBS level. We’ve been real proud of him and what he’s been able to do since he’s been at Charlotte."

The all-Conference USA football teams consist of 12 offensive and 11 defensive players on the first team and 15 offensive and 12 defensive players on the second team. There are also five special teams players on both the first and second teams. The squads are selected in a vote by the league’s 13 football coaches.

Last week, red-shirt junior quarterback Lee McNeill (Indian Trail, N.C./Porter Ridge) was named to the league’s all-Academic Team.

 

2015 C-USA FOOTBALL

ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS

 

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

QB – Brandon Doughty, WKU, Sr.

RB – Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech, Sr.

RB – Jalen Richard, Southern Miss, Sr.

OL – Sebastian Johansson, Marshall, Sr.

OL – Jaylen Hunter, Middle Tennessee, Sr.

OL – Andrew Reue, Rice, Sr.

OL – Cameron Tom, Southern Miss, Jr.

OL – Forrest Lamp, WKU, Jr.

TE – Tyler Higbee, WKU, Sr.

WR – Trent Taylor, Louisiana Tech, Jr.

WR – Richie James, Middle Tennessee, Fr.

WR – Taywan Taylor, WKU, Sr.

 

DEFENSE

DL – Michael Wakefield, FIU, Sr.

DL – Trevon Coley, Florida Atlantic, Sr.

DL – Trey Hendrickson, Florida Atlantic, Jr.

DL – Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech, Sr.

LB – Evan McKelvey, Marshall, Sr.

LB – T.T. Barber, Middle Tennessee, Sr.

LB – Nick Holt, WKU, Sr.

DB – Richard Leonard, FIU, Sr.

DB – Xavier Woods, Louisiana Tech, Jr.

DB – Kevin Byard, Middle Tennessee, Sr.

DB – Kalan Reed, Southern Miss, Sr.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

K – Garrett Schwettman, WKU, Sr.

P – Dalton Schomp, Florida Atlantic, Jr.

KR – Deandre Reaves, Marshall, Sr.

PR – Richard Leonard, FIU, Sr.

LS – Lance Schuffert, Southern Miss, Sr.

 

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

QB – Nick Mullens, Southern Miss, Jr.

RB – Kalif Phillips, Charlotte, Jr.

RB – Ray Lawry, Old Dominion, So.

RB – Ito Smith, Southern Miss, So.

RB – Anthony Wales, WKU, Jr.

OL – Michael Montero, FIU, Jr.

OL – Reggie Bain, Florida Atlantic, Sr.

OL – Darrell Brown, Louisiana Tech, Jr.

OL – Jens Danielsen, Louisiana Tech, Sr.

OL – Michael Selby, Marshall, Jr.

OL – Rashod Hill, Southern Miss, Sr.

TE – David Morgan II, UTSA, Sr.

WR – Ed Batties, Middle Tennessee, Sr.

WR – Zach Pascal, Old Dominion, Jr.

WR – Mike Thomas, Southern Miss, Sr.

 

DEFENSE

DL – Larry Ogunjobi, Charlotte, Jr.

DL – Jarquez Samuel, Marshall, Sr.

DL – Michael Smith, Southern Miss, Sr.

DL – Jason Neill, UTSA, Sr.

LB – Anthony Wint, FIU, So.

LB – Nick Thomason, Louisiana Tech, Sr.

LB – T.J. Ricks, Old Dominion, Jr.

LB – Brian Anderson, Southern Miss, Sr.

DB – Cre’von LeBlanc, Florida Atlantic, Sr.

DB – Bryson Abraham, Louisiana Tech, Sr.

DB – Jeremy Cutrer, Middle Tennessee, Jr.

DB – Bennett Okotcha, UTSA, Sr.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

K – Jonathan Barnes, Louisiana Tech, So.

P – Tyler Williams, Marshall, Sr.

KR – Kylen Towner, WKU, So.

PR – Deandre Reaves, Marshall, Sr.

LS – Matt Cincotta, Marshall, Sr.

HONORABLE MENTION

OFFENSE

QB – Jeff Driskel, Louisiana Tech, Sr.

QB – Brent Stockstill, Middle Tennessee, Fr.

RB – Aaron Jones, UTEP, Jr.

RB – Jarveon Williams, UTSA, Jr.

OL – Mikingson Marsaille, Florida Atlantic, Sr.

OL – Kelly Parfaitt, Florida Atlantic, Jr.

OL – David Mahaffey, Louisiana Tech, Jr.

OL – Josh Robinson, Louisiana Tech, Sr.

OL – Marquice Shakir, Middle Tennessee, Jr.

OL – Kaydon Kirby, North Texas, Jr.

OL – Will Hernandez, UTEP, So.

TE – Jonnu Smith, FIU, Jr.

TE – Ryan Yurahek, Marshall, So.

TE – Hayden Plinke, UTEP, Jr.

WR – Jenson Stoshak, Florida Atlantic, Sr.

WR – Carlos Henderson, Louisiana Tech, So.

WR – Paul Turner, Louisiana Tech, Sr.

WR – Davonte Allen, Marshall, Sr.

WR – Zach Wright, Rice, Jr.

WR – Casey Martin, Southern Miss, So.

WR – Kerry Thomas, Jr., UTSA, Jr.

WR – Jared Dangerfield, WKU, Sr.

WR – Nicholas Norris, WKU, Jr.

DEFENSE

DL – Denzell Perine, FIU, Sr.

DL – Vontarrius Dora, Louisiana Tech, Sr.

DL – Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech, Fr.

DL – Gary Thompson, Marshall, Jr.

DL – Pat McNeil, Middle Tennessee, Sr.

DL – Dylan Bradley, Southern Miss, Jr.

DL – Andrew Bolton, Southern Miss, Sr.

DL – Nick Usher, UTEP, Jr.

DL – Marcus Davenport, UTSA, So.

DL – Jontavius Morris, WKU, Sr.

LB – Jens Jeters, UTSA, Sr.

LB – Ocie Rose, Florida Atlantic, Fr.

LB – Beau Fitte, Louisiana Tech, Sr.

LB – D.J. Hunter, Marshall, Sr.

LB – Cavellis Luckett, Middle Tennessee, Sr.

LB – Alex Lyons, Rice, Jr.

LB – Alvin Jones, UTEP, So.

LB – Jimmy Musgraves, UTEP, Sr.

LB – Drew Douglas, UTSA, Sr.

LB – T.J. McCollum, WKU, So.

DB – Jeremiah McKinnon, FIU, Sr.

DB – Jalen Young, Florida Atlantic, Fr.

DB – Kentrell Brice, Louisiana Tech, Sr.

DB – Adairius Barnes, Louisiana Tech, Sr.

DB – Taj Letman, Marshall, Sr.

DB – Corey Tindal, Marshall, Jr.

DB – Tiquan Lang, Marshall, Jr.

DB – Fellonte Misher, Old Dominion, Sr.

DB – D’Nerius Antoine, Southern Miss, Jr.

DB – Michael Egwuagu, UTSA, Jr.

DB – Prince Charles Iworah, WKU,. Sr.

SPECIAL TEAMS

K – Jay Mattox, UTEP, Jr.

P – James Farrimond, Rice, Sr.

P – Alex Luna, UTEP, So.

KR – Richard Leonard, FIU, Jr.

KR – Carlos Henderson, Louisiana Tech, Fr.

LS – Sam Medlock, FIU, Jr.
LS – Darrell Travis, Louisiana Tech, So.
LS – William Eads, Middle Tennessee, Jr.
LS – Nolan Dowling, WKU, So.