Three Cards Listed On ESPN Preseason All-Conference Team

Posted on Aug 30 2012 - 9:43am by Brent Lepping

Fans & media both expect big things from Hakeem Smith

 

ESPN.com released their annual preseason all-conference selections last night and three Cards made the list for the Big East. Mario Benavides (Center), Adrian Bushell (Cornerback) and Hakeem Smith (Safety) represent the Cards, who finished with the 5th most amount of players on the list. South Florida led the way with 5 selections (BJ Daniels, Mark Popek, Andre Davis, Ryne Giddins, DeDe Lattimore) followed by three teams with 4: Rutgers (Scott Vallone, Khaseem Greene, Logan Ryan, Duron Harmon), Uconn (Lyle McCombs, Ryan Griffin, Sio Moore, Trevardo Williams) and Pitt (Ray Graham, Chris Jacobson, Aaron Donald, Kevin Harper). Still not sure about the Ray Graham selection, he’ll certainly be a bit behind the curve as he continues to recover from a torn ACL suffered late last season. That spot could belong to either Dominique Brown or Jeremy Wright by the time this thing is all said and done. Also, as much respect as I have for Daniels, if Teddy Bridgewater has the type of season that many are projecting him to have, and the Cards win the league title, that top QB spot will be his by the end of the year. Here’s the full list and you can read the entire piece here.

Offense
QB B.J. Daniels, USF
RB Lyle McCombs, UConn
RB Ray Graham, Pitt*
RB Montel Harris, Temple*
TE Ryan Griffin, UConn
OT Justin Pugh, Syracuse
OT Martin Wallace, Temple
C Mario Benavides, Louisville
OG Chris Jacobson, Pitt
OG Mark Popek, USF
WR Alec Lemon, Syracuse
WR Andre Davis, USF

Defense
DE Trevardo Williams, UConn
DT Scott Vallone, Rutgers
DT Aaron Donald, Pitt
DE Ryne Giddins, USF*
DE Walter Stewart, Cincinnati*
LB Khaseem Greene, Rutgers
LB DeDe Lattimore, USF

LB Sio Moore, UConn
CB Logan Ryan, Rutgers
CB Adrian Bushell, Louisville
S Hakeem Smith, Louisville
S Duron Harmon, Rutgers

Special teams
PK Kevin Harper, Pitt
P Pat O’Donnell, Cincinnati
RS Ralph David Abernathy IV, Cincinnati

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