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2010′s % of Tackles Returning

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Today’s blog continues my in-depth look at my new and improved experience chart. 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 featured in the April 28th blog. Another factor listed is the % of lettermen returning which I broke down over the weekend. Today I will discuss the % of tackles returning.

2010′s % of Tackles 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 again comes in at #1 (also #1 in letterman, yards) with 94.86%. The Broncos return 10 starters and were led by returning SS Jeron Johnson last year (91 tkls). Interestingly their in-state rival Idaho, who is fresh off their first winning season since 1999 returns 90.65% of their tackles and were led by FS Shiloh Keo (113 tkls). UAB is #3 with 87.32%.

At the bottom of the list is defending National Champ Alabama (34.96%) who returns just 2 starters from last year’s great defense (244 ypg, 11.7 ppg). They lose six of their top seven tacklers from last including #1 Rolando McClain (105 tkls). SS Mark Barron (76 tkls) is the only player that returns with 35+ tkls.

2-time defending CUSA Champ East Carolina (37.96%) is #119 and like the Crimson Tide return only 2 starters on D. The Pirates lost seven of their top eight tacklers from a year ago. At #118, is Arizona who returns just 39.07% of their tackles and lost their top four from a year ago.

Please check PhilSteele.com everyday to get my Top 30 Countdown, which posted #17 Arkansas 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, Notre Dame comes in at #16.

I will be back tomorrow to take another factor at my experience chart with the number of career OL starts.

Only 93 DAYS LEFT UNTIL THE FIRST COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME!!!

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