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Tulsa's Damaris Johnson and James Lockett Earn C-USA Honors

Damaris Johnson and James Lockett Damaris Johnson and James Lockett

Originally Published: Dec 8, 2009 4:32 PM CDT

Andrew Topps
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer

IRVING, Texas-- University of Tulsa junior Damaris Johnson and senior James Lockett earned Conference USA second-team honors, announced Tuesday. Four Hurricane freshmen were named to the C-USA all-Freshman Team as chosen by the league’s coaches.

Johnson was named to the C-USA second team as both a receiver and punt returner. Johnson finished the year with a nation-leading 224.4 all-purpose yards. He ranked second in C-USA for receiving yards per game at 94.2 and had the highest yard per reception average among the top-seven league receivers. Johnson caught 78 passes for 1,131 yards and three TDs, while totaling an identical 1,131 kickoff return yards.

Safety James Lockett earned second-team merits for the second consecutive season. The senior, had 68 tackles, 4.5 sacks for -33 yards, two pass breakups, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 2009. He had a career-best 12 tackles and added two sacks for -14 yards and one fumble recovery against Houston. Lockett also had his first career interception in his final career game when he picked off a Memphis pass in overtime to give Tulsa the ball and the eventual victory.

Defensive end Cory Dorris, free safety Dexter McCoil, offensive center Trent Dupy and receiver Ricky Johnson were named to the C-USA all-Freshman Team.

Dorris, a red-shirt freshman, totaled 54 tackles, three sacks for -18 yards, forced two fumbles and recovered two more while starting all 12 games for the Hurricane. McCoil, a true freshman, took over for an injured Charles Davis at free safety and completed the year third on the team in tackles with 85 stops and one interception.

Dupy started 10 games at center as a true freshman for the Hurricane and helped the Tulsa offense to rank fourth in the league in scoring and passing offense. True freshman Ricky Johnson came on strong late while ending the year with eight receptions for 111 yards and two touchdowns.

Running back Charles Clay (TE/RB), Wilson Garrison (NG), Mike Bryan (LB), Kevin Fitzpatrick (PK) and Michael Such (P) received honorable mention accolades. Damaris Johnson also earned honorable mention merits as a kickoff return specialist, while freshman Cory Dorris was an honorable mention selection at defensive end.


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