Cruz tabbed pre-season all-C-USA specialist

Former Cartersville High School placekicker, Jonathan Cruz, is one of eight members of the 2019 Charlotte 49ers football squad named to the Athlon Sports all-Conference USA team.

At the end of last season, Cruz was a second team all-C-USA selection and a member of the 2018 all-Freshman team. He set school records for field goals made from 40-plus yards and 50 or more yards. He also added a 56-yard field goal against Florida Atlantic that was the longest in Conference USA and the second-longest in the FBS last season.

Cruz is joined on the all-C-USA First Team pre-season by four teammates including running back Benny LeMay, offensive lineman Cameron Clark, defensive end Alex Highsmith, and safety Ben DeLuca. Linebacker Jeff Gemmell was selected to the Second Team while wide receiver Victor Tucker and defensive end Tyrig Harris were Third Team selections. The 49ers open the 2019 season at home August 29 against Gardner-Webb. Charlotte was 5-7 last season and 4-4 in Conference USA.

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