College Fantasy Football: Conference USA Pre-Spring Questions

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College Fantasy Football:  Conference USA Pre-Spring Questions
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Here are some key college fantasy football questions to ponder as we embark on Conference USA spring ball.

 

EAST CAROLINA

Can quarterback Dominique Davis continue to rack up huge numbers despite the loss of stud wideout Dwayne Harris, tailback Jonathan Williams and four-fifths of his starting offensive line? Wide receiver Lance Lewis will certainly help ease the transition. He came on very strong in the second half of 2010.

 

HOUSTON

All eyes will be on quarterback Case Keenum as he returns from a season-ending knee injury. Will he be close to 100 percent this fall? The dirty little secret behind college fantasy football's top player in 2009 is that he quietly compiles decent rushing stats (800 rushing yards, 20 rushing TDs in his first three years). Will the injury prevent him from tucking it and running in the future?

How will the return of running back Charles Sims affect the playing time of Bryce Beall and Michael Hayes? After bursting onto the scene in 2009, Sims sat out the 2010 season due to academic reasons.

 

MARSHALL

Who will win the quarterback battle? Brian Anderson is gone. A.J. Graham, Eddie Sullivan and Conelius Jones are in the mix. Jones is intriguing, as he originally signed with Michigan out of high school before being declared ineligible due to academics. He could be a big fish in a small pond. Stay tuned.

 

MEMPHIS

The Tigers have to find a quarterback that can get the job done. Ryan Williams returns with 10 games of starting experience under his belt, but he was underwhelming last fall. Cannon Smith, who missed most of the season due to a concussion, will compete for the job along with JUCO transfer Andy Summerlin.

 

RICE

Who will emerge at quarterback? Nick Fanuzzi was the starter for the majority of 2010, but Taylor McHargue also had his moments.

Will Sam McGuffie continue to be vultured by fellow running back Jeremy Eddington? McGuffie put up 1,200 yards from scrimmage and nine TDs, but Eddington looked great down the stretch, scoring a whopping 10 rushing touchdowns in only seven games.

 

SOUTHERN METHODIST

The good news: SMU returns 10 starters on offense. The bad: the one lost starter is stud wide receiver Aldrick Robinson. Who will step up in his absence? Cole Beasley and Darius Johnson are the best bets, but don't be surprised if a new face from the receiving corps makes a splash this spring.

 

SOUTHERN MISS

Now two years removed from the departure of feature back Damion Fletcher, are the Tigers ready to find their next main ball carrier? Last year, the coaching staff seemed to be grooming freshman Kendrick Hardy for the feature role. He responded with a couple monster outings. Can Hardy hold off the pesky Desmond Johnson and become a true workhorse?

 

TULANE

Can Orleans Darkwa pick up where he left off? The freshman running back finished the 2010 campaign with five 100-yard rushing efforts in his final six games.

 

TULSA

Head coach Todd Graham left for Pitt and their offensive coordinator bolted for Clemson. How will the new coaching staff handle a very talented and experienced returning offensive cast? The fantasy futures of QB G.J. Kinne and WR Damaris Johnson hang in the balance.

 

UAB

Running back Pat Shedd quietly put up 1,300 yards from scrimmage, doing most of his damage in the second half of the season. Now that he's become an established presence, what kind of numbers can he put up in a full season?

 

UCF

Who the heck is going to run the ball for the Knights? Just when it seemed that Ronnie Weaver was becoming UCF's workhorse back during the 2010 season, Latavius Murray burst onto the scene and was clearly their top option down the stretch. Factor in that their leading rusher from 2009, Brynn Harvey, is expected back from injury, and we have an interesting battle to monitor this spring.

 

UTEP

Who replaces quarterback Trevor Vittatoe, who started every game for the Miners since 2007? Sophomore Carson Meger, redshirt freshman Javia Hall, senior Tate Smith and JUCO transfer Nick Lamaison will duke it out. Keep an eye on Lamaison, who was the Offensive Player of the Year in his JUCO division with 4,000 passing yards and a 30-12 TD-INT ratio.

Todd DeVries is the founder of CollegeFootballGeek.com, the nation's foremost authority on college fantasy football.  Prolific and deadly accurate.

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