Previously we took a look at the returning offensive firepower in the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and the SEC. Now it's time to look at the Big East and find out who has the most ammunition coming back from last year.
First let's start with the good news. Out of the six BCS conferences the Big East returns the most percentage of their passing yards by a pretty wide margin (the Pac-12 is second). Only two teams, Louisville and UConn, will be returning less than 3/4 of their passing yardage. The bad news is that the quarterbacking wasn't that good in the Big East last year. The top QB last year (and he returns this year) in terms of passer rating was Geno Smith of West Virginia. He ranked 27th in the Nation last year in Passer Ranking. After him the top guy was Zach Collaros of Cincy, he ranked 39th. Maybe it's a coincidence, maybe it's not, but those are the first and second teamers on our Pre-Spring All Big East team. This years crop of QBs will still be relatively young in the Big East as Collaros and Ryan Nassib of Syracuse are the only returning seniors.