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C-USA Pre-Spring Preview - Team Problems
Tulane QB Ryan Griffin
Tulane QB Ryan Griffin
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Feb 18, 2011


2011 Conference USA Pre-Spring Preview - Why Every C-USA Team Should Be Grouchy

2011 Pre-Spring Preview   

Why To Be Grouchy - C-USA


Click for each team's pre-spring lookback and lookahead
East UAB | UCF | East Carolina | Marshall | Memphis | Southern Miss
West  Houston | Rice | SMU | Tulane | Tulsa | UTEP

2011 Conference USA Pre-Spring Preview
- Conference USA Pre-Spring Rankings
- Why Every Team Should Be Excited
- Why Every Team Should Be Grouchy
- What Every Team Needs To Work On  

East

UAB 
Hope is beginning to fade for a program that hasn't been to the postseason in six years. The facilities are second-rate and the budget is fit for a school at the FCS level.

UCF
The price of the school's first 11-win season is that it was fueled by a bunch of talented seniors. The defense, in particular, will be looking to replace as many as six starters in 2011.
 
East Carolina
East Carolina got thumped in the Military Bowl by Maryland, 51-20, and won just one game over the final two months. This is a school with a ton of holes that need to be patched up before September.
 
Marshall
The offense has a long road to hoe, especially at quarterback. It's been too many years since Marshall was any good behind center, and the successors to Brian Anderson don't appear to be the answer.

Memphis
Memphis is light years removed from the Tommy West days, when at least a second-rate bowl game was the norm. After ranking 119th nationally in scoring offense and 117th in scoring D, the Tigers could be rebuilding for years.

Southern Miss
The defense still needs plenty of massaging, especially when the ball is in the air, and must replace starters at each level. The secondary really broke down as the season unfolded, allowing 23 touchdown passes over the final eight games.

West 

Houston
The defense, a perennial problem, was the major reason for the November letdown. Over the last four games, the Cougars couldn't stop anyone, allowing 40 points a game.

Rice
Although the offense shows potential, the defense remains a glaring weakness. The Owls have long struggled on this side of the ball, allowing more than 38 points a game last year.

SMU
Is Kyle Padron truly the answer under center? Sure, the numbers look good as an aggregate, but over the last seven games, he went in reverse, throwing 12 touchdowns and eight picks. The evolution from his rookie year didn't quite happen.

Tulane
No matter how Toledo spins it, Tulane is no closer to the postseason than when he arrived. The Green Wave hasn't bowled since 2002, and has a shortage of talent compared to the rest of the conference.

Tulsa
The defense still needs plenty of maturing after allowing 450 yards and 30 points a game. Like so many teams in Conference USA, it's the one area keeping the team from reaching all of its goals.
 
UTEP
Both sides of the line are being gutted, but especially the offense. Just a couple of starters return, including none up front, and a successor to QB Trevor Vittatoe needs to be developed.

Click for each team's pre-spring lookback and lookahead
East UAB | UCF | East Carolina | Marshall | Memphis | Southern Miss
West  Houston | Rice | SMU | Tulane | Tulsa | UTEP

2011 Conference USA Pre-Spring Preview
- Conference USA Pre-Spring Rankings
- Why Every Team Should Be Excited
- Why Every Team Should Be Grouchy
- What Every Team Needs To Work On 

      










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