SAN ANTONIO – First-team pick Josiah Tauaefa and second-team selections Marcus Davenport and Michael Egwuagu are among seven UTSA players on the All-Conference USA football squad announced by the league office Tuesday.
The team was selected by the conference’s 13 head coaches.
Four other UTSA players received honorable mention on the all-conference team – junior long snapper Matt Bayliss, senior offensive lineman Jevonte Domond, senior defensive back Jordan Moore and junior wide receiver Josh Stewart.
Tauaefa, a redshirt-freshman linebacker who played at Lake Dallas High School, is the first Roadrunner to make the C-USA first team in UTSA’s four seasons in the league.
Tauaefa set a UTSA single-season record with 104 tackles in 12 games. He had 7.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, seven quarterback hurries and an interception. Tauaefa also made the C-USA All-Freshman team. He is the second UTSA player to earn first-team all-conference honors, joining safety Triston Wade, who made the All-Western Athletic Conference first-team squad in 2012.
Physical and relentless, Tauaefa is third among Football Bowl Subdivision freshmen in tackles this season.
Davenport, a junior defensive end, was a preseason all-conference selection. A Stevens High School graduate, Davenport leads UTSA’s defensive lineman with 62 tackles, including a team-leading 10 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. He also has a program-record eight quarterback hurries.
Egwuagu, a senior safety who graduated from Pflugerville Connally High School, was also a preseason all-conference pick. He is third on the team with 76 tackles, 6.5 behind the line of scrimmage. He also has a team-leading eight passes defended, one interception, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
UTSA (6-6) earned a bowl invitation for the first time since kicking off its inaugural season in 2011. The Roadrunners will play the University of New Mexico (8-4) in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 17 in Albuquerque. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
UTSA got a bowl bid in its first season under coach Frank Wilson, who succeeded Larry Coker in mid-January. Wilson, 43, was an assistant coach at LSU for six seasons before landing his first college head-coaching job with the Roadrunners.