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Pair of Panthers named to C-USA first team

Linebacker Sage Lewis, punt returner Maurice Alexander honored by C-USA coaches

FIU's Sage Lewis and Maurice Alexander were named to the 2018 All-Conference USA first team.
FIU's Sage Lewis and Maurice Alexander were named to the 2018 All-Conference USA first team. (Associated Press)

MIAMI – Florida International linebacker Sage Lewis and punt returner Maurice Alexander were among the best players in Conference USA this season.

The pair of Panthers were named all-conference first-team selections Tuesday by the league's 14 head coaches.

Lewis had a school-record 126 tackles in 2018, while Alexander averaged 13.6 yards per return -- best in the conference.

Offensive lineman Jordan Budwig and punter Stone Wilson made the C-USA second team.

FIU's two first-team selections were the most for the Panthers since 2015.

The Panthers (8-4) will face Toledo (7-5) on Dec. 21 in the Bahamas Bowl.