Linebacker KD Davis and offensive lineman Manase Mose led a contingent of five North Texas players who were named to the All-Conference USA first team on Tuesday.
The league released the team after the conference title game on Friday, when UNT fell to UTSA 48-27 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Tight end Var’Keyes Gumms, cornerback Ridge Texada and kick returner Kaylon Horton were also named to the first team.
Davis and Mose were named UNT’s team captains before the season and helped lead the Mean Green to a 7-6 mark entering the bowl season. UNT finished second in C-USA and will face Boise State in the Frisco Bowl on Dec. 17.
Defensive coordinator Phil Bennett will coach UNT in the bowl game after coach Seth Littrell was fired Sunday after seven seasons guiding UNT’s program.
Linebacker Mazin Richards was UNT’s lone second-team all-conference pick. Quarterback Austin Aune, wide receiver Jyaire Shorter, tight end Jake Roberts, cornerback DeShawn Gaddie, safety Logan Wilson, kicker Ethan Mooney and long snapper JP Hadley were honorable mention picks.
Gumms was also named to the All-Freshman team along with wide receiver Ja’Mori Maclin, offensive lineman Febechi Nwaiwu and defensive linemen Cam Robertson and Fatafehi Vailea.
Davis broke UNT’s career record for tackles when he finished with 14 in the C-USA title game, pushing his career total to 421. The previous mark was 418 set by Byron Gross, a member of the UNT Athletics Hall of Fame.
Davis has 132 tackles on the year and is poised to become the first player in program history to lead UNT in tackles in four straight seasons.
Mose anchored UNT’s offensive line, which cleared the way for the Mean Green to average 201.7 rushing yards per game heading into their bowl game. The senior broke UNT’s record for career starts while pushing his total to 61.
Gumms emerged as a key weapon for UNT in his redshirt freshman season and set a program record for receiving yards by a tight end with 451 on 33 catches, including five that went for touchdowns.
Texada was pushed into the starting lineup when UNT lost starting cornerback John Davis Jr. for the year in a season-opening win over UTEP. He has gone on to break up 15 passes and intercept three more while establishing himself as one of the more productive cornerbacks in the country.
Texada returned an interception for a touchdown in a win over Florida Atlantic and brought a second back to the Owls’ 1-yard line.
UNT added Horton to its roster just before the beginning of the season to return kickoffs. The Tarleton State transfer returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown in a loss to UNLV and is averaging 25.3 yards per attempt.
Gumms, Nwaiwu named freshman All-Americans
Gumms and Nwaiwu were both named to College Football News’ Freshman All-America team that was released Tuesday.
Gumms was a second-team pick, while Nwaiwu landed on the third team.
Nwaiwu started 12 games at guard and was the highest-graded freshman offensive lineman in C-USA, according to Pro Football Focus’ metrics. He has not allowed a sack on the season.