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Conference USA releases 2020 football schedule

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The calendar reads 2020 and now Conference USA is ready to start filling in dates this fall for the upcoming football campaign.

In a release issued on Wednesday, the league announced dates and opponents for their 2020 football schedule. You can find team-by-team schedules here or the overall composite week-by-week schedule here.

CUSA will once again play eight conference games and will essentially see the league slate from last season flip venues from home to road. The divisional alignment is set to remain the same, with 14 teams split evenly across an East and West Division.

There will be plenty of new faces for the upcoming campaign in the conference, including at reigning champion Florida Atlantic after Lane Kiffin’s departure to Ole Miss and the hiring of former Florida State head coach Willie TaggartJeff Traylor also takes over at UTSA and Ricky Rahne will be the new head coach at Old Dominion.

The Conference USA title game is also scheduled for Saturday, December 5 and will mark the quite the anniversary as the league begins its 25th season of play on the gridiron.

UT San Antonio officially adds Kurt Traylor as TEs coach

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With UT San Antonio adding Kurt Traylor, Jeff Traylor‘s first coaching staff at the Conference USA school is nearly complete.

Thursday evening, UTSA confirmed that Kurt Traylor has been hired as the Roadrunners’ tight ends coach.  And, for those wondering, the new assistant coach is indeed the brother of the new head coach.

The newest Traylor has spent more than 20 seasons as a Texas high school football coach. In that span, he won three state championships, all of which came at Gilmer High School.

Traylor had announced earlier in the week that he would be stepping down as head coach at Tyler Lee to take a job at UTSA.  He had spent three seasons at that school.

Aside from a two-year stint as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M in 2002-03, this will be Traylor’s first job at the collegiate level.

With Traylor’s hiring, the new coach has now filled eight of his 10 on-field positions. Those coaches are:

  • Barry Lunney Jr. (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach)
  • Daniel Da Prato (special teams coordinator)
  • Nick Graham (cornerbacks)
  • Julian Griffin (running backs)
  • Jess Loepp (safeties/recruiting coordinator)
  • Matt Mattox (run-game coordinator/offensive line)
  • Rod Wright (defensive line)

Traylor came to UTSA after spending the past two seasons at Arkansas. Four of the assistants he’s hired thus far — Lunney, Da Prato, Griffin, Loepp — were either Razorback assistants or football staffers.  Graham and Mattox were both at McNeese State for the 2019 season, while Wright is the only holdover from Frank Wilson‘s last staff at the school.

Jeff Traylor adds fourth Arkansas staffer to first UTSA staff

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Jeff Traylor is wasting little time assembling his first staff at UTSA.

Thursday, three days after he was hired as head coach, Traylor announced the additions of five new assistants as well as the retention of another from Frank Wilson‘s staff. A day later, Traylor announced that he has filled a seventh hole on his staff with the hiring of Barry Lunney Jr.

The newest addition will serve as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Roadrunners. He will also carry the title of associate head coach.

Lunney spent the past six seasons at Arkansas as special teams coordinator and tight ends coach. He is the fourth former Arkansas assistant/staffer to join Traylor’s new staff in San Antonio.

Traylor, of course, spent the past two seasons as the associate head coach and running backs coach with the Razorbacks.

Jeff Traylor brings in five new assistants, retains one at UTSA

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It goes without saying that Jeff Traylor has hit the ground running in San Antonio.

Monday, Traylor was officially introduced as the new head football coach at UTSA.  Thursday, Traylor announced that he has brought in five new assistants and retained another as part of his first coaching staff with the Roadrunners.

Those assistant coaches are:

  • Daniel Da Prato (special teams coordinator)
  • Nick Graham (cornerbacks)
  • Julian Griffin (running backs)
  • Jess Loepp (safeties/recruiting coordinator)
  • Matt Mattox (run-game coordinator/offensive line)
  • Rod Wright (defensive line)

Wright is the only holdover from Frank Wilson‘s last staff at the school.

Da Prato (special teams), Griffin (offensive quality control assistant) and Loepp (offensive analyst) all come to UTSA from Arkansas.  Traylor spent the past two seasons as the associate head coach and running backs coach with the Razorbacks.

Graham (defensive assistant) and Mattox (offensive coordinator) were both at McNeese State for the 2019 season.

With yesterday’s developments, Traylor has just four more openings on his on-field staff to fill.  Unless he gets raided by another football program, of course.

Marshall posts a league-high eight First Team All-Conference USA selections

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Florida Atlantic won the conference, but Marshall won the All-Conference USA team.

The Thundering Herd, who finished second to FAU in the East Division, placed eight players on the first team to FAU’s five. (However, three of the eight first-team Herd were specialists.)

The conference will not name individual awards until Wednesday, but here’s betting that Florida Atlantic will have the winner there. Sophomore quarterback Chris Robison threw for nearly 3,400 yards and 26 touchdowns, while tight end Harrison Bryant led all FBS tight ends with 61 grabs and 1,004 yards while scoring seven touchdowns.

Western Kentucky came in third with four first-team selections.


OFFENSE

QB- Chris Robison, R-So., Florida Atlantic
QB- J’Mar Smith, R-Sr., Louisiana Tech
RB- Benny LeMay, Sr., Charlotte
RB- Brenden Knox, R-So., Marshall
OL- Cameron Clark, R-Sr., Charlotte
OL- Junior Diaz, Gr., Florida Atlantic
OL- Brandon Walton, Sr., Florida Atlantic
OL- Levi Brown, R-Sr., Marshall
OL- Miles Pate, R-Sr., WKU
TE- Harrison Bryant, Sr., Florida Atlantic
WR- Jaelon Darden, Jr., North Texas
WR- Quez Watkins, R-Jr., Southern Miss
WR- Lucky Jackson, R-Sr., WKU

DEFENSE
DT- Channing Hames, R-Sr., Marshall
DT- Garrett Marino, R-Sr., UAB
DE- Alex Highsmith, R-Sr., Charlotte
DE- DeAngelo Malone, Jr., WKU
LB- Tavante Beckett, R-Jr., Marshall
LB- Blaze Alldredge, Jr., Rice
LB- Kristopher Moll, Jr., UAB
DB- Meiko Dotson, R-Jr., Florida Atlantic
DB- Amik Robertson, Jr., Louisiana Tech
DB- Chris Jackson, Sr., Marshall
DB- DQ Thomas, Sr., Southern Miss

SPECIAL TEAMS
K- Justin Rohrwasser, R-Sr., Marshall
P- John Haggerty, Jr., WKU
KR- Jaylond Adams, R-So., Southern Miss
PR- Talik Keaton, Fr., Marshall
LS – Matt Beardall, Sr., Marshall