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2010′s % of Letterman Returning

First of all, I want to wish you and your families a very happy and safe Memorial Day Weekend! Since many of you will be away from your computers this weekend, today’s blog will be posted until Tuesday June 1st. If you do want to get your hands on my 2010 College Football Preview before it officially hits the newsstands on June 8th, you can order it anytime this weekend thru our offices by calling 1-866-918-7711 or just visit the PhilSteele.com store.

In case you missed it yesterday I was on ESPN College Football Live breaking down my Top 25 with Host Eric Kuselias and specifically my surprise #1 pick. It is a short segment but if you get chance, check it out here.

Please check PhilSteele.com everyday to get my Top 30 Countdown, which posted #20 Florida St yesterday. Thru June 16th, I will post both magazine pages on a new team ranked in the Top 30 and you can get an early look on how I breakdown your favorite team. Remember those magazine pages are available for only 24 hours for you to download. Today, Georgia comes in at #19.

Also you can download all of my preseason All-Conference teams on the homepage!

For 7 years I had listed an experience chart, which broke down the number of Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen each team had in the two deep and rated the teams experience level with a formula I devised. Last year, I made the experience chart FIVE TIMES better. I am just listing the Senior starters, and the seniors in the two deep and the points accumulated by using the system in the magazine (pg 311). In a future blog, I will break down each number of starters for the Junior, Sophomore and Freshman classes. The 2nd factor that goes into my overall chart is the % of yards returning which I broke down in the April 28th blog. Another factor listed is the % of lettermen returning which I will breakdown today.

Last year I went back and looked at percentages of lettermen returning and lost. Using percentages is more reliable than the amount of returning or lost lettermen because schools give out letters in different manners. Some schools hand out a lot of letters and others far fewer. Getting a letter at Syracuse under Paul Pasqualoni was tough, as he handed out just 38 total letters in 2004 and 40 in 2003. This year the low’s went to North Carolina St and Western Michigan with 49 each. Nebraska in 2001 handed out 82 letters or over double what Syracuse was giving out. It was also the most given out by any school in the previous 6 years. In 2007, Ohio broke all records with an amazing 91 letters given out while Hawaii had 90! Last year Ohio was at the top again with 82 and USC had 80.

2010′s % of Letterman Returning

 

Rank Team % LTR Ret Rank Team % LTR Ret
1 BOISE ST 91.70% 61 IOWA 70.60%
2 ARKANSAS 83.10% 62 TULANE 70.60%
3 S CAROLINA 83.10% 63 FLORIDA ST 70.50%
4 IDAHO 81.00% 64 TEXAS A&M 70.50%
5 TEMPLE 80.00% 65 LOUISVILLE 70.10%
6 NEBRASKA 79.70% 66 TOLEDO 69.80%
7 TCU 79.40% 67 WISCONSIN 69.70%
8 MARYLAND 79.30% 68 OHIO STATE 69.60%
9 UCF 79.30% 69 CONNECTICUT 69.60%
10 N CAROLINA 78.00% 70 VIRGINIA 69.40%
11 OHIO 78.00% 71 DUKE 69.00%
12 KENT ST 77.80% 72 MICHIGAN ST 69.00%
13 LA TECH 77.80% 73 PITTSBURGH 69.00%
14 RICE 77.30% 74 ARMY 69.00%
15 OREGON ST 77.30% 75 IOWA ST 68.90%
16 GEORGIA TECH 77.10% 76 MICHIGAN 68.80%
17 SMU 76.80% 77 BOWLING GREEN 68.30%
18 SOUTH FLORIDA 76.60% 78 LOUISIANA 68.30%
19 MISS ST 76.60% 79 NEW MEXICO ST 68.30%
20 KANSAS 76.50% 80 PURDUE 67.70%
21 MARSHALL 75.40% 81 TEXAS 67.60%
22 CALIFORNIA 75.30% 82 USC 67.50%
23 ILLINOIS 75.00% 83 INDIANA 67.20%
24 TULSA 75.00% 84 BAYLOR 67.10%
25 UAB 75.00% 85 OKLAHOMA 67.10%
26 BUFFALO 75.00% 86 UTAH 67.10%
27 AIR FORCE 75.00% 87 ARKANSAS ST 67.10%
28 MIDDLE TENN 75.00% 88 N ILLINOIS 66.70%
29 FRESNO ST 75.00% 89 FIU 66.70%
30 UTAH ST 75.00% 90 GEORGIA 66.20%
31 AKRON 74.70% 91 TENNESSEE 66.20%
32 HOUSTON 74.60% 92 BOSTON COLLEGE 65.60%
33 COLORADO ST 74.20% 93 SOUTHERN MISS 65.60%
34 C MICHIGAN 74.10% 94 UCLA 65.20%
35 MIAMI, OH 73.90% 95 VANDERBILT 64.90%
36 BALL ST 73.70% 96 KANSAS ST 64.50%
37 ARIZONA 73.40% 97 RUTGERS 64.30%
38 NORTHWESTERN 73.30% 98 UTEP 64.30%
39 COLORADO 73.30% 99 MEMPHIS 64.30%
40 NEVADA 73.00% 100 FAU 64.00%
41 STANFORD 72.90% 101 VIRGINIA TECH 63.90%
42 UNLV 72.70% 102 BYU 63.90%
43 N TEXAS 72.70% 103 TROY 63.90%
44 WASHINGTON 72.50% 104 SAN DIEGO ST 63.80%
45 TEXAS TECH 72.30% 105 FLORIDA 63.60%
46 MISSOURI 72.10% 106 MISSISSIPPI 63.50%
47 CINCINNATI 72.10% 107 MINNESOTA 63.30%
48 NEW MEXICO 72.10% 108 PENN ST 63.20%
49 SYRACUSE 71.90% 109 ALABAMA 63.10%
50 OREGON 71.90% 110 KENTUCKY 63.00%
51 CLEMSON 71.80% 111 WYOMING 62.50%
52 MIAMI, FL 71.80% 112 HAWAII 62.30%
53 W MICHIGAN 71.40% 113 NOTRE DAME 61.10%
54 WASH ST 71.40% 114 ULM 60.60%
55 AUBURN 71.40% 115 SAN JOSE ST 60.30%
56 E MICHIGAN 71.00% 116 WEST VIRGINIA 59.60%
57 WKU 71.00% 117 N CAROLINA ST 59.20%
58 ARIZONA ST 70.80% 118 E CAROLINA 58.90%
59 LSU 70.80% 119 OKLAHOMA ST 57.90%
60 WAKE FOREST 70.60% 120 NAVY 55.20%

Boise St was #1 in % of yards returning and they are #1 here in % of letterman returning with 55 of 60 players back (91.7%). Arkansas is #2 with 59 out of 71 letterman returning (83.1%). South Carolina returns 54 out of 65 (83.1%), which is good enough for #3 in the FBS. At the bottom of the rankings is Navy who returns just 55.2% of their letterman but it should be noted that Service Academies usually do not return a lot of starters and letterman (LY Navy #119, Army #120). At #119 is Oklahoma St who returns just 33 out of 57 letterman from last year (57.9%). #118 is 2-time defending CUSA champ East Carolina who returns just 58.9% from last year.

I will be back on Tuesday. Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend!!!

Only 96 DAYS LEFT UNTIL THE FIRST COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME!!!

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  • SED

    What's the “*” for in the returning starters pdf?

  • ConnGator

    This shows why a Florida – Bama SECCG rematch is unlikely.

  • http://www.philsteele.com Phil Steele

    SED,
    It means they return their starting QB. Good Question, Phil

  • http://www.philsteele.com Phil Steele

    ConnGator,
    While Florida and Alabama clearly are not as experienced as last year they still are two of the most talented teams in the SEC. Alabama has finished in my Top 5 recruiting rankings for three straight seasons while Florida has finished in my top 6 five straight years. Combine that talent with two of the best coaches in Saban an Meyer and you get a probable 3rd straight meeting although it will be a tougher road for both teams than the last two years. Thanks for the question, Phil

  • http://www.philsteele.com Phil Steele

    SED,
    It means they return their starting QB. Good Question, Phil

  • http://www.philsteele.com Phil Steele

    ConnGator,
    While Florida and Alabama clearly are not as experienced as last year they still are two of the most talented teams in the SEC. Alabama has finished in my Top 5 recruiting rankings for three straight seasons while Florida has finished in my top 6 five straight years. Combine that talent with two of the best coaches in Saban an Meyer and you get a probable 3rd straight meeting although it will be a tougher road for both teams than the last two years. Thanks for the question, Phil