Top returning running backs -- by carries

Running back is a position to watch across the Big East this upcoming season simply because there are going to be some new faces trying to make a mark.

Indeed, six teams will feature new starting running backs this season. Though just about all of these new starters have seen playing time, some returning backs are more experienced than others. We all know UConn back Lyle McCombs leads the way as the returning back with more career carries than anyone in the country (518).

How does the rest of the league stack up? To the right is a look at the top returning running backs in the league, based on their career carry totals.

The competition continues at some of these schools. Memphis, for example, has Jai Steib returning -- he had 119 carries a season ago so the Tigers are feeling good about having their top two rushers returning. Shaw is in a battle for the starting job, though the guys currently on the roster he is competing with -- Willie Davis (two carries) and Mike Pierre (zero) -- have less experience.

In Cincinnati, the Bearcats plan on using a multiple-back system, though Abernathy has more carries than anybody on the roster. And at SMU, Prescott Line is expected to get his share of carries with Shead. But he also has zero career carries for the Mustangs, officially making them the least experienced backfield in the entire league.

Interestingly enough, Huggins has never been the starting running back for the Scarlet Knights but he ranks third among all backs in career carries. Now it's time for him to show what he's got.