Returning starters: WAC

January, 31, 2011
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We will continue our look at returning starters in each conference this week. Last week, I started with the Mountain West. Today, we look at the WAC.

With Boise State headed to the Mountain West, the league is as wide open as it has been in years. Another big reason why is the two teams that shared the WAC title with Boise State in 2010 – Nevada and Hawaii – have lost many of their starters. Fresno State could be poised to sneak to the top, but there are big holes to fill on offense and defense.

San Jose State: 20 (seven offense, 11 defense, two special teams)

Key returnees: LB Keith Smith, LB Vince Buhagiar, RB Brandon Rutley

Key losses: QB Jordan La Secla, WR Jalal Beauchman.

New Mexico State: 16 (seven offense, seven defense, two special teams)

Key returnees: AP Taveon Rogers, RB Kenny Turner, QB Matt Christian

Key losses: DB Davon House, WR Marcus Allen.

Idaho: 15 (five offense, eight defense, two special teams)

Key returnees: LB Robert Siavii, LB Tre’Shawn Robinson, RB Princeton McCarty.

Key losses: QB Nathan Enderle, FS Shiloh Keo, DE Aaron Lavarias.

Louisiana Tech: 15 (six offense, seven defense, two special teams)

Key returnees: RB Lennon Creer, DL Matt Broha, LB Adrien Cole.

Key losses: KR/PR Phillip Livas, QB Ross Jenkins, LT Rob McGill.

Fresno State: 14 (seven offense, five defense, two special teams)

Key returnees: DT Logan Harrell, RB Robbie Rouse, LB Travis Brown.

Key losses: QB Ryan Colburn, DE Chris Carter, WR Jamel Hamler.

Utah State: 14 (eight offense, five defense, one special teams)

Key returnees: LB Bobby Wagner, LB Kyle Gallagher, AP Kerwynn Williams

Key losses: QB Diondre Borel, DB Curtis Marsh, RB Derrvin Speight

Nevada: 13 (five offense, seven defense one special teams)

Key returnees: WR Rishard Matthews, LB James-Michael Johnson, DB Isaiah Frey

Key losses: QB Colin Kaepernick, RB Vai Taua, DE Dontay Moch

Hawaii: 10 (three offense, six defense, one special teams)

Key returnees: QB Bryant Moniz, LB Corey Paredes, DL Kaniela Tuipulotu

Key losses: WR Greg Salas, WR Kealoha Pilares, S Mana Silva

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