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C-USA Has QB Changes Without 5 Big Passers

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DALLAS (AP) – Conference USA will have four new teams next season. This year, there are new quarterbacks and new coaches.

The league had five 3,000-yard passers last season. All are gone, including NCAA record-holder Case Keenum, who at Houston because the first FBS quarterback with three 5,000-yard passing seasons.

While losing the most prolific passer, Houston may also have the most ready replacement.

When Keenum got hurt two years ago, David Piland was a true freshman who threw for 2,641 yards and 24 touchdowns in eight games. He was redshirted last year.

Like C-USA runner up Houston, defending league champion Southern Miss has a new coach and is replacing a 3,000-yard passer.

This is the last C-USA season for SMU, Houston, Central Florida and Memphis before going to the Big East.

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