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C-USA Pre-Spring Preview - Why To Be Happy
Tulsa QB G.J. Kinne
Tulsa QB G.J. Kinne
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Posted Feb 18, 2011


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

2011 Pre-Spring Preview   

Why To Be Excited - 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 
Considering the results, it’s a double-edged sword, but the Blazers will be bringing back just about every starter. Ellis gets a full season as the leading man, and the underrated O-line will be among the most experienced in Conference USA.

UCF
The airways ought to be in good shape in 2011. On offense, QB Jeff Godfrey was just a true freshman and will only get better. The secondary returns a couple of first team all-stars, CB Josh Robinson and S Kemal Ishmael.

East Carolina
QB Dominique Davis is back for one more year, as is one of his favorite targets, WR Lance Lewis. As long as coordinator Lincoln Riley sticks around, the attack could be even better in 2011.

Marshall
The Herd will take some momentum and confidence into the offseason, winning four of its final five games. Even without DE Mario Harvey, the defense has a ton of returners and should be improved next fall.

Memphis
The only way is up. It sounds trite, but it’s accurate for the Tigers, which used a ton of underclassmen last year, and are going to benefit down the road from all of the additional experience.

Southern Miss
Southern Miss should have few problems putting up points in head coach Larry Fedora’s balanced attack. QB Austin Davis returns for his senior year, as do the team’s top four rushers and two of its top three receivers.

West 


Houston
The Cougars are loaded with veterans on both sides of the ball. With Case Keenum back in the saddle after the NCAA granted him a sixth year of eligibility, the passing game is going to go ballistic.

Rice
Rice played its best football in the second half, going 3-3 and scoring plenty of points. Redshirt freshman QB Taylor McHargue provided a dual-threat spark, while star DE Scott Solomon is expected back after missing 2010 with an ankle injury.

SMU
Of the 15 Mustangs that received at least honorable mention all-conference recognition, only three graduate. Everyone will be back on the O-line, led by first team all-star LT Kelvin Beachum.
 
Tulane
There’ll be a solid nucleus on offense, specifically in the backfield. QB Ryan Griffin has 20 games of experience and RB Orleans Darkwa has the potential to be a go-to guy and an all-star.

Tulsa
Tulsa has its mojo back … and the core of an offense that averaged more than 41 points a game.  QB G.J. Kinne is a do-everything type behind center, and WR Damaris Johnson is equally versatile, ranking first all-time in career all-purpose yards.

UTEP
For the first time in five years, UTEP will enter a new season with an abbreviated lay-off. Despite the poor performance in Albuquerque, the Miners needed the extra practice and air-time that come with a bowl game.

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