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2011 CFN Midseason C-USA Rundown
Houston QB Case Keenum
Houston QB Case Keenum
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Oct 21, 2011


The top players, games, surprises and disappointments of the first half of the Conference US season.

2011 C-USA Midseason Roundup

2011 Midseason Roundups All-America Team | ACC | Big Ten | Big East | Big 12
CUSA | Ind | MAC | M-West | Pac-12 | SEC | Sun Belt | WAC

East   UAB | UCF | East Carolina | Marshall | Memphis | Southern Miss
West  Houston | Rice | SMU | Tulane | Tulsa | UTEP

C-USA Roundups Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5
Week 6 | Week 7

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EAST

East Carolina

2011 Prediction: 0-0
2011 Record:
2-4
Oct. 22 at Navy L
Oct. 29 Tulane W
Nov. 5 Southern Miss L
Nov. 12 at UTEP L
Nov. 19 UCF L
Nov. 26 at Marshall L

Marshall

2011 Prediction: 6-6
2011 Record:
3-4
Oct. 22 at Houston L
Oct. 29 UAB W
Nov. 5 OPEN DATE
Nov. 12 at Tulsa L
Nov. 19 at Memphis W
Nov. 26 East Carolina W

Memphis

2011 Prediction: 1-12
2011 Record:
1-11
Oct. 22 at Tulane L
Oct. 29 at UCF L
Nov. 5 OPEN DATE
Nov. 12 UAB L
Nov. 19 Marshall L
Nov. 26 at Southern Miss L

Southern Miss

2011 Prediction: 11-1
2011 Record:
5-1
Oct. 22 SMU L
Oct. 29 at UTEP W
Nov. 5 at East Carolina W
Nov. 12 UCF W
Nov. 19 at UAB W
Nov. 26 Memphis W

UAB

2011 Prediction: 2-10
2011 Record:
0-6
Oct. 22 UCF L
Oct. 29 at Marshall L
Nov. 5 Houston L
Nov. 12 at Memphis W
Nov. 19 Southern Miss L
Nov. 26 at Florida Atlantic W

UCF

2011 Prediction: 8-4
2011 Record:
3-3
Oct. 22 at UAB W
Oct. 29 Memphis W
Nov. 5 Tulsa W
Nov. 12 at Southern Miss L
Nov. 19 at East Carolina W
Nov. 26 UTEP W

WEST

Houston

2011 Prediction: 11-1
2011 Record:
6-0
Oct. 22 Marshall W
Oct. 29 Rice W
Nov. 5 at UAB W
Nov. 12 at Tulane W
Nov. 19 SMU L
Nov. 26 at Tulsa W

Rice

2011 Prediction: 3-9
2011 Record:
2-4
Oct. 22 Tulsa L
Oct. 29 at Houston L
Nov. 5 UTEP L
Nov. 12 at Northwestern L
Nov. 19 Tulane W
Nov. 26 at SMU L

SMU

2011 Prediction: 11-1
2011 Record:
5-1
Oct. 22 at Southern Miss W
Oct. 29 at Tulsa W
Nov. 5 Tulane W
Nov. 12 Navy W
Nov. 19 at Houston W
Nov. 26 Rice W

Tulane

2011 Prediction: 3-10
2011 Record:
2-5
Oct. 22 Memphis W
Oct. 29 at East Carolina L
Nov. 5 at SMU L
Nov. 12 Houston L
Nov. 19 at Rice L
Nov. 26 at Hawaii L

Tulsa

2011 Prediction: 5-7
2011 Record:
3-3
Oct. 22 at Rice W
Oct. 29 SMU L
Nov. 5 at UCF L
Nov. 12 Marshall W
Nov. 19 at UTEP L
Nov. 26 Houston L

UTEP

2011 Prediction: 7-5
2011 Record:
3-3
Oct. 22 Colorado St W
Oct. 29 Southern Miss L
Nov. 5 at Rice W
Nov. 12 East Carolina W
Nov. 19 Tulsa W
Nov. 26 at UCF L
Offensive Player of the Midseason
Case Keenum, QB Houston

Defensive Player of the Midseason

Sammy Brown, LB Houston

2011 Midseason All-CUSA Offense
QB - Case Keenum, Sr. Houston
RB – Joe Banyard, Sr. UTEP
RB - Zach Line, Jr. SMU
WR - Patrick Edwards, Sr. Houston
WR - Darius Johnson, Jr. SMU
TE - Luke Willson, Jr. Rice
OL - Clint Anderson, Sr. Tulsa
OL – Jacolby Ashworth, Jr. Houston
OL - Kelvin Beachum, Sr. SMU
OL - Tyler Holmes, Sr. Tulsa
OL - Chris Thompson, Sr. Houston
PK - Danny Hrapmann, Sr. USM
KR – Vernon Frazier, Sr. UTEP

2011 Midseason All-CUSA Defense
DL – Scott Crichton, Fr. Oregon State
DL - Jamie Collins, Jr. Southern Miss
DL - Vinny Curry, Sr. Marshall
DL - Cordarro Law, Sr. Southern Miss
DL – Taylor Thompson, Sr. SMU
LB - Curnelius Arnick, Sr. Tulsa
LB - Sammy Brown, Sr. Houston
LB – Jeremy Grove, Fr. East Carolina
DB - Thomas Bates, Soph. Houston
DB - Omar Brown, Sr. Marshall
DB - Kemal Ishmael, Jr., UCF
DB - Josh Robinson, Jr. UCF
P - Ian Campbell, Jr. UTEP
PR – Richard Crawford, Sr. SMU

Ten Best C-USA Players of the Midseason

1. QB Case Keenum, Sr. Houston
2. RB Zach Line, Jr. SMU
3. LB Sammy Brown, Sr. Houston
4. QB Austin Davis, Sr. Southern Miss
5. WR Patrick Edwards, Sr. Houston
6. DE Vinny Curry, Sr. Marshall
7. DE Cordarro Law, Sr. Southern Miss
8. WR Darius Johnson, Jr. SMU
9. DE Jamie Collins, Jr. Southern Miss
10. CB Josh Robinson, Jr. UCF

3 Biggest Surprises

1. SMU over ranked TCU in overtime, 40-33, for the Iron Skillet.
2. Rice’s upset of Purdue on a blocked Carson Wiggs to snap a 21-game losing streak versus BCS conference programs.
3. Marshall over Louisville at PapaJohn’s Stadium as a double-digit underdog.

3 Biggest Disappointments

1. East Carolina QB Dominique Davis.
2. UCF’s back-to-back losses to Florida International and BYU after throttling Boston College.
3. The Tulsa offense.

The C-USA Champion Will Be
... UCF over Houston

Best Game of the First Half

Oct. 1 – SMU 40, TCU 33 OT

Worst Game of the First Half

Sept. 24 – Houston 56, Georgia State 0

Coach of the Midseason

Larry Fedora, Southern Miss

Best Performance So Far

On Sept. 29, Houston QB Case Keenum helped avoid the upset bid of UTEP in El Paso by going 30-of-46 for 471 yards, two touchdown passes and no interceptions.

Top Freshman

Jeremy Grove, LB East Carolina

3 Big Calls For The Second Half

1. Houston will lose a game that it shouldn’t because of the play of its leaky defense.
2. For the second straight season, Tulsa will rally around QB G.J. Kinne to once again finish the year as hot as any team in Conference USA.
3. Courtesy of a strong second half, Rice QB Taylor McHargue will enter the offseason as one of the league’s hottest young stars.

Best Remaining Conference Game

SMU at Houston, Nov. 19

Week 7 Game Recaps & Analysis
Rice at Marshall
UCF at SMU
UTEP at Tulane
East Carolina at Memphis
UAB at Tulsa

Week 6 Game Recaps & Analysis
Mississippi State at UAB
Memphis at Rice
East Carolina at Houston
Marshall at UCF
Southern Miss at Navy
Syracuse at Tulane

Week 5 Game Recaps & Analysis
Houston at UTEP
North Texas at Tulsa
Rice at Southern Miss
North Carolina at East Carolina
Marshall at Louisville
Tulane at Army
SMU at TCU
Memphis at Middle Tennessee
UAB at Troy

Week 4 Game Recaps & Analysis
- UCF at BYU
- SMU at Memphis
- Rice at Baylor
- Virginia Tech at Marshall
- UAB at East Carolina
- Tulane at Duke
- Southern Miss at Virginia
- UTEP at South Florida
- Georgia State at Houston
- Tulsa at Boise State

Week 3 Game Recaps & Analysis
- Tulane at UAB
- Austin Peay at Memphis
- SE Louisiana at Southern Miss
- NW State at SMU
- Oklahoma State at Tulsa
- Marshall at Ohio
- UCF at FIU
- Houston at Louisiana Tech
- UTEP at NMSU

Week 2 Game Recaps & Analysis
- Virginia Tech -20.5 at East Carolina
- Memphis at Arkansas State -15
- Tulsa -13.5 at Tulane
- Southern Miss -7.5 at Marshall
- Purdue -1 at Rice
- Houston -22.5 at North Texas
- UAB at Florida -21.5
- UTEP at SMU -19.5
- Boston College at UCF -6.5
 
 Week 1 Game Recaps & Analysis
- Miss State at Memphis
- SE Louisiana at Tulane
- Charleston South. at UCF
- UCLA at Houston
- East Carolina at South Carolina
- Stony Brook at UTEP
- Tulsa at Oklahoma
- Rice at Texas
- Louisiana Tech at Southern Miss 
- Marshall at West Virginia
- SMU at Texas A&M