Conference USA: Players to watch
BY ERIC BAILEY World Sports Writer
Sunday, August 21, 2011
8/21/11 at 7:31 AM
QB • Houston
C-USA's preseason offensive player of the year was granted a sixth year after receiving medical hardship. He is on track to break NCAA career records for total offense, passing yards, touchdowns, pass attempts and completions.
DE • Marshall
The 6-4, 260-pounder spurned the NFL and returned for his senior season after leading all defensive linemen in the nation in tackles (94) last season and ranking fifth nationally with 12 sacks. He is C-USA's preseason defensive player of the year.
KR • UCF
Junior ranked second in the nation averaging 32.1 yards per kickoff return. The dynamic playmaker had two kickoff returns for touchdowns last season.
WR • Houston
Senior is expected to be Case Keenum's top target. The junior grabbed 71 passes for 1,100 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also led C-USA in punt returns last season, averaging 15.4 yards per return.
RB • SMU
Line, a former linebacker, puts the run in June Jones' run-and-shoot offense. Line rushed for 1,494 yards last season, second-most in school history behind Eric Dickerson's 1,617 in 1982. He also averaged 6.1 yards per carry.