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Defensive tackle Dontari Poe notched the highest honor by being listed on the defensive first-team roster. Recommend
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May 27, 2011 MEMPHIS, TENN. - Six Tiger football players have been named to Phil Steele's 2011 Preseason All-C-USA teams. The representatives include: Dontari Poe (first-team defense), Frank Trotter (second-team defense), Ronald Leary (third-team offense), Paulo Henriques (third-team special teams), Tom Hornsey (third-team special teams) and Marcus Rucker (fourth-team offense). Offensively, senior left tackle Ronald Leary notched third-team honors, while junior wide receiver Marcus Rucker landed on Steele's fourth team. Leary, a senior, was one of just six Tigers to start all 12 games last season and will enter the 2011 season with a streak of 24 consecutive starts on the offensive line. The Baton Rouge, La., native saw action on 704 of Memphis' 718 offensive plays (98 percent) in 2010, and worked a season-best 72 plays against Middle Tennessee. Rucker, a junior from Memphis, started every game for the Tigers and finished the Dontari Poe was named to season on a 12-game receiving streak. He led the squad in receptions (41), yards Phil Steele's preseason C(704) and receiving TDs (8). He caught multiple touchdown passes versus USM and Tennessee, and posted a career-best 155 yards against USM. For the year, he logged USA first team. 10 receptions for gains of 20 or more yards, including a career-high 81-yard TD catch versus USM. Rucker led the offense in scoring with 48 points and caught a touchdown pass in four of the last six games.
On the defensive side of the ball, tackle Dontari Poe notched Memphis' highest honor, being listed on the defensive first-team roster, while fellow defensive lineman Frank Trotter garnered second-team honors. Trotter and Poe were the only two defensive linemen last season to start all 12 games. Poe, voted by ESPN as one of the nation's strongest football players, was second on the defensive line in tackles with 41, and tied for second on the team in sacks with two last season. He was credited with three QB hurries and a pass breakup as a sophomore in 2010, and posted a seven-tackle effort against UTEP. Trotter, a senior, led the Memphis defensive line with 80 tackles and ranked 20th nationally with 16.5 TFL for minus 26 yards. He also ranked third in C-USA in TFL, and was tied for 25th in the league in total tackles. Trotter posted a tackle in every game last season and finished the 2010 campaign ranked fifth all-time in the U of M record book in single-season TFLs with 16.5. Two of coach Don Yanowsky's special teamers landed on Steele's third team, including kicker Paulo Henriques and punter Tom Hornsey. Henriques, a junior, led the team in scoring with 59 points off 17 PATs and 14 field goals. He finished the season tied for fourth in Conference USA in field goals per game with 1.17, and ranked ninth in the league in points by a kicker. The West Memphis, Ark., native upped his season long boot with a 45 yarder against Southern Miss in the third quarter, and then bested that mark in the fourth quarter with a 47 yarder. That game started a string of nine straight made field goals through the end of the season. Hornsey, a sophomore Australian punter, ranked second nationally in yards punted (3,416) and third nationally in total punts (80). He finished the season ranked third in C-USA with his 42.7 punting average, and was one of two true freshmen on 2010 Ray Guy Watch List. In his first season, Hornsey broke the U of M`s school record in single-
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Phil Steele's College Football Preview is one of the nation's most informative preseason football magazines and has always released Preseason, Midseason and Postseason All-American and All-Conference teams. The 2011 edition of Phil Steele's College Football Preview magazine will be available on newsstands June 7. For a full list of All-Conference teams, visit PhilSteele.com.
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Published on May 27, 2011
An archived copy of an AP-style press release promoting six Tiger football players who were named to Phil Steele's 2011 All-C-USA teams.