Dec. 3, 2003
Chicago, Ill. -
The University of Louisville football team placed three players on the first team Conference USA squad and eight overall, as the league announced its all-conference teams on Wednesday.
Tight end Ronnie Ghent, quarterback Stefan LeFors and wide receiver J.R. Russell were all first team selections, while offensive linemen Jason Spitz and Travis Leffew and defensive end Marcus Jones were tabbed to the second team. Running back Eric Shelton and linebacker Robert McCune were third team selections.
The conference also announced selections to the All-Freshman team with running back Michael Bush, offensive tackle Renardo Foster and cornerback William Gay receiving accolades.
Ghent made league history by becoming the first player to earn first team honors for four straight seasons. Ghent was second on the team with 32 receptions and has a string of 37 straight games with a reception.
LeFors becomes the third straight Cardinal quarterback to earn first team honors, following Dave Ragone and Chris Redman. In his first year as the U of L signal-caller, LeFors completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,921 yards and 15 TDs. The southpaw from Baton Rouge, La., has produced 3,277 yards of total offense, which ranks third all-time. LeFors became just the second player in school history to throw for more than 400 yards in a game when he did it against Army (406) and TCU (459).
One of LeFors' favorite targets, Russell had a career year, becoming the fifth player to record more than 1,000 yards receiving in a season. The product of Gaither High School caught 68 passes for 1,069 yards and five scores.
Spitz and Leffew have spearheaded an offensive line that has allowed just ten sacks and helped the Cardinals produce the second-most yards in school history. Jones owns a career-best 58 tackles and is the team leader in sacks with eight.
Despite missing three games, Shelton earned third team honors, running for 756 yards and 10 touchdowns, while McCune was honored after leading the team with 138 tackles.
Bush was named to the freshman squad after ending the regular with 470 yards rushing and six touchdowns, while Foster made 12 starts at offensive tackle. Gay rounds out the team after recording 29 tackles and leading thee team with seven pass break-ups.
The Cardinals close the 2003 season against Miami University on December 18 in the 2003 GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Ala.