Three UH football players, defensive back D.J. Hayden, offensive lineman Kevin Forsch and running back Charles Sims, were recognized as among the best of Conference USA at their respective positions. The trio was named to the Preseason All C-USA Team.
Hayden came on strong in the second half of last season, finishing with five forced fumbles in the final five games to go along with two interceptions. Hayden finished with 66 total tackles.
Sims averaged 7.5 yards per rush and finished the 2011 season with 821 rushing yards. The junior was also a viable threat to catch the football out of the backfield, compiling 51 completions and four scores.
Forsch has been a big player for the Cougars — literally. The 6-foot-5-inch, 301-pound junior started all 14 games and was a force on the offensive line, earning All C-USA Honorable Mention following the Cougars 13-1 campaign.
— Christopher Shelton