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Eight Roadrunners earn Athlon Preseason All-Conference USA laurels

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(June 24, 2014) -- Headlined by first-team selections Cody Harris, Scott Inskeep, Robert Singletary and Triston Wade, UTSA saw eight football players land on Athlon Sports' Preseason All-Conference USA teams, the publication recently announced in its 2014 college football preview issue.

Harris (senior, 6-5, 300, OT) and Inskeep (senior, 6-4, 300, OG), both three-year starters for the Roadrunners, helped the UTSA offense produce 25.6 points, 417.8 total yards (175.4 rush/242.4 pass), 21.9 first downs and 32:24 possession time per contest a year ago.

Harris graded out at a team-high 85 percent and racked up 41 knockdown blocks, while Inskeep was second on the squad with 61 pancakes, including a season-best nine at Tulsa (Nov. 9) and again a week later against Tulane , en route to second-team All-C-USA accloades last season.

Meanwhile, Singletary (senior, 6-2, 250, DE) and Wade (senior, 5-11, 170, S) are coming off productive campaigns on the other side of the ball.

Singletary, a 2013 honorable mention all-league performer, racked up 30 tackles, a team-leading five sacks and two forced fumbles, four QB hurries and a pair of pass breakups and in just eight games (six starts) in his first campaign as a Roadrunner. His top outing came in his second contest of the season at Marshall when he recorded career highs with seven stops and two sacks in addition to forcing a fumble that led to points.

Wade followed up his first-team All-Western Athletic Conference campaign with a team-leading 95 tackles and two interceptions to go along with seven pass breakups and 2.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage in 12 starts and he was rewarded with second-team All-C-USA recognition. The Tyler native intercepted both his passes at Tulsa (Nov. 2), one of which he returned 82 yards for a touchdown, and he also broke up a toss in the end zone to go along with four stops in that contest. Wade recorded a career-high 12 stops at Arizona (Sept. 14) and matched that feat two weeks later against Houston (Sept. 28).

Nate Leonard (senior, 6-0, 280, C), Ashaad Mabry (senior, 6-3, 315, DT) and Bennett Okotcha (junior, 6-0, 195, CB) were named to Athlon's second team.

Leonard, the only player to start all 34 games in program history, graded out at 82 percent and led the squad with 70 knockdowns blocks a year ago, while Mabry registered 41 tackles, including 2.5 for loss, and Okotcha had 29 stops, 11 pass breakups and an interception in his first campaign with UTSA. Mabry and Okotcha were honorable mention all-conference selections in 2013.

Kam Jones (senior, 5-11, 190, WR) was a third-team choice following a junior season that saw him lead the Birds with 34 receptions for 345 yards. He also rushed 29 times for 302 yards (10.8 avg.), scored a total of six touchdowns (5 rush/1 rec) and averaged 20.6 yards on 21 kickoff returns. Those numbers helped earn him honorable-mention accolades from the league's head coaches.

UTSA, which posted a 7-5 overall record and 6-2 mark in its first season as a member of C-USA last fall, will open its fourth season of play on Friday, Aug. 29 at Houston. The first-ever game in the new Houston Football Stadium is scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. in front of a national television audience on ESPNU.

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