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Returning starters: C-USA

We continue to take a look at returning starters among the non-AQ conferences. Up this morning: Conference USA. The league is going to be quite quarterback heavy in 2011, with heavy hitters like Case Keenum, G.J. Kinne, Austin Davis and Dominique Davis returning. The West should have great competition between Houston, Tulsa and SMU, while UCF and Southern Miss are expected to compete for the East.

Here are the returning starters for the Mountain West and WAC.

Now on to C-USA:

SMU: 18 (10 offense, eight defense, zero special teams)

Key returnees: QB Kyle Padron, RB Zach Line, LB Ja'Gared Davis

Key losses: WR Aldrick Robinson, CB Sterling Moore, P/K Matt Szymanski

Tulsa: 17 (eight offense, eight defense, one special teams)

Key returnees: QB G.J. Kinne, WR Damaris Johnson, DB Marco Nelson

Key losses: HB Charles Clay, WR Trae Johnson, LB Tanner Antle

Marshall: 16 (five offense, nine defense, two special teams)

Key returnees: DE Vinny Curry, WR Aaron Dobson, DB Donald Brown

Key losses: LB Mario Harvey, QB Brian Anderson, TE Lee Smith

Memphis: 16 (seven offense, seven defense, two special teams)

Key returnees: QB Ryan Williams, WR Marcus Rucker, DL Dontari Poe

Key losses: LB Jamon Hughes, OL Dominik Riley

Rice: 16 (seven offense, seven defense, two special teams)

Key returnees: P Kyle Martens, DB Travis Bradshaw, RB Sam McGuffie

Key losses: DL Cheta Ozougwu, OL Scott Mitchell

Tulane: 16 (seven offense, seven defense, two special teams)

Key returnees: RB Orleans Darkwa, QB Ryan Griffin, LB Trent Mackey

Key losses: DB Phillip Davis, WR Casey Robottom, DL Justin Adams

UAB: 16 (seven offense, eight defense, one special teams)

Key returnees: QB Bryan Ellis, RB Pat Shed, DL Elliott Henigan

Key losses: TE Jeffery Anderson, WR Mike Jones, DL Bryant Turner

Southern Miss: 15 (six offense, seven defense, two special teams)

Key returnees: QB Austin Davis, LB Cordarro Law, RB Kendrick Hardy

Key losses: WR DeAndre Brown, C Cameron Zipp, DL Anthony Gray

East Carolina: 14 (five offense, seven defense, two special teams)

Key returnees: QB Dominique Davis, WR Lance Lewis, DB Emanuel Davis

Key losses: WR Dwayne Harris, OL Willie Smith, LB Dustin Lineback

Houston: 14 (six offense, six defense, two special teams)

Key returnees: QB Case Keenum, LB Marcus McGraw, WR Patrick Edwards, RB Bryce Beall

Key losses: WR James Cleveland, OL Isaiah Thompson, LB Matt Nicholson

UTEP: 13 (three offense, eight defense, two special teams)

Key returnees: DB Travaun Nixon, RB Joe Banyard, LB Isaiah Carter

Key losses: QB Trevor Vittatoe, WR Kris Adams, DL Robert Soleyjacks

UCF: 12 (seven offense, four defense, one special teams)

Key returnees: QB Jeff Godfrey, DB Kemal Ishmael, CB Josh Robinson, RB Brynn Harvey

Key losses: DE Bruce Miller, LB Derrick Hallman, OL Jah Reid