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|
|3||S CAROLINA||83.10%||63||FLORIDA ST||70.50%|
|12||KENT ST||77.80%||72||MICHIGAN ST||69.00%|
|15||OREGON ST||77.30%||75||IOWA ST||68.90%|
|19||MISS ST||76.60%||79||NEW MEXICO ST||68.30%|
|27||AIR FORCE||75.00%||87||ARKANSAS ST||67.10%|
|28||MIDDLE TENN||75.00%||88||N ILLINOIS||66.70%|
|33||COLORADO ST||74.20%||93||SOUTHERN MISS||65.60%|
|36||BALL ST||73.70%||96||KANSAS ST||64.50%|
|44||WASHINGTON||72.50%||104||SAN DIEGO ST||63.80%|
|48||NEW MEXICO||72.10%||108||PENN ST||63.20%|
|53||W MICHIGAN||71.40%||113||NOTRE DAME||61.10%|
|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%|
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!!!