Charlotte 49ers red-shirt senior nose tackle Larry Ogunjobi (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale H.S.) and senior running back Kalif Phillips (Kannapolis, N.C./AL Brown H.S.) have both been named 2016 Preseason all-Conference USA, as chosen by the league’s 13 head coaches.
Both Ogunjobi and Phillips earned second team all-Conference USA honors, last year.
Ogunjobi, who has been named to the Watch Lists for the 2016 Bednarik Award (College Defensive Player of the Year) and the Outland Trophy (Most Oustanding Interior Lineman), tied for second in Conference USA with a school-record 14.5 tackles for loss last season. He ranks eighth among active FBS players in career tackles for loss (35.3; 1.04/gm). He is the 49ers career leader in tackles (152), TFL (35.5), sacks (10.0) and QB hurries (23). He had a career-high 62 tackles, last year, Charlotte’s first at the FBS level as a member of Conference USA, with double-digit tackles against C-USA foes Florida Atlantic (11) and UTSA (10). He set the 49ers single-game record with 4.5 TFL vs. UTSA.
Phillips was fifth in Conference USA, last year, with an 87.4 rushing average. With 961 rushing yards, he fell short of his second straight 1,000-yard season after injury limited his playing time to just four carries over the last three games. He had three 100-yard rushing games, including a school-record 204 yards at Old Dominion. He also rushed for 159 yards at Florida Atlantic and 125 vs. Temple. He scored five touchdowns to improve his school-record career total to 38. He ranks 16th among active FBS players with a school-record 3,113 career rushing yards and 20th with a 94.3 career rushing average.
Article Courtesy of Charlotte Athletics