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OL Career Starts Returning

 

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 tomorrow’s 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 Memorial Day weekend and yesterday I discussed the % of tackles returning. Today I will look at the number of career starts returning for offensive lineman.

When most folks judge a team for the upcoming season they look at the QB, RB and WR’s that are returning. A few may take the time to look at star defensive players that are back (those with a lot of sacks or interceptions). However, very few look at the offensive line and yet the team that controls the line of scrimmage wins the game more often than not.

This year Georgia returns all five starters from last year and as a unit returns 155 career starts. The Bulldogs are led by All-American candidate OT Clint Boling and OC Ben Jones was 2nd Tm All-SEC LY. Their 12 sacks allowed LY were the fewest in the SEC and they are my #1 rated OL.

Florida St comes in at #2 on the list with 146 career starts and are led by All-American Rodney Hudson who could be the top OG in all of college football this year. The Seminoles also return OC Ryan McMahon who is one of the top centers in the country.

FAU is at the bottom of the list with 0 career starts back which obviously makes their OL my biggest concern on a team that has the ability to make some noise in the Sun Belt this year. Air Force has just one career start on this year’s OL which is the 2nd fewest. However, service academies do a great job with inexperienced units and they may be better than expected.

Now experience on the O-line is not the only criteria for an offensive line’s potential for the next year. You have to add in the Blue Chips, how last year’s line performed (ypc rushing and sacks allowed), size, etc. That is how a team like Florida can be just #32 in career starts returning but rated as my #4 OL this year.

Here are the OL career starts returning for all 120 teams:

Rank Team OL Career Sts Rank Team OL Career Sts
1 GEORGIA 155 61 MARSHALL 69
2 FLORIDA ST 146 62 SAN DIEGO ST 67
3 LA TECH 126 63 TCU 67
4 MINNESOTA 114 64 BYU 66
5 N TEXAS 113 65 STANFORD 66
6 AUBURN 111 66 LOUISIANA 65
7 COLORADO 109 67 W KENTUCKY 65
8 BOSTON COLLEGE 108 68 TULSA 64
9 WISCONSIN 107 69 KANSAS ST 63
10 TEMPLE 107 70 UTEP 62
11 W MICHIGAN 107 71 KENT ST 61
12 FRESNO ST 107 72 USC 59
13 C MICHIGAN 104 73 N CAROLINA 57
14 TOLEDO 100 74 WEST VIRGINIA 57
15 S FLORIDA 99 75 NAVY 57
16 SAN JOSE ST 95 76 TROY 57
17 BOISE ST 94 77 VIRGINIA 56
18 OHIO ST 93 78 PENN ST 56
19 MIDDLE TENN 93 79 CINCINNATI 55
20 BALL ST 92 80 NOTRE DAME 55
21 UCLA 92 81 VIRGINIA TECH 54
22 RICE 91 82 INDIANA 54
23 UTAH ST 91 83 N ILLINOIS 52
24 NORTHWESTERN 89 84 LSU 52
25 IOWA ST 89 85 FIU 50
26 UTAH 89 86 ILLINOIS 48
27 CLEMSON 88 87 RUTGERS 48
28 SMU 88 88 MIAMI FL 47
29 WASHINGTON 88 89 PURDUE 47
30 TULANE 87 90 TEXAS 47
31 UAB 87 91 ARIZONA ST 47
32 FLORIDA 87 92 ALABAMA 46
33 MIAMI OH 86 93 NEVADA 46
34 UNLV 86 94 WAKE FOREST 45
35 KANSAS 85 95 MICHIGAN ST 43
36 OREGON 85 96 TEXAS A&M 43
37 WASH ST 85 97 OKLAHOMA 42
38 MISS ST 85 98 PITTSBURGH 42
39 HOUSTON 84 99 BOWLING GREEN 41
40 AKRON 84 100 SYRACUSE 40
41 MICHIGAN 82 101 OHIO 40
42 E CAROLINA 82 102 MARYLAND 38
43 BUFFALO 82 103 NEW MEXICO 38
44 MISSOURI 80 104 GEORGIA TECH 37
45 MEMPHIS 80 105 BAYLOR 37
46 ARKANSAS ST 78 106 IOWA 36
47 ARKANSAS 77 107 ULM 35
48 UCF 76 108 KENTUCKY 31
49 E MICHIGAN 76 109 NC STATE 30
50 NEBRASKA 75 110 COLORADO ST 30
51 DUKE 74 111 TEXAS TECH 29
52 CONNECTICUT 74 112 SOUTHERN MISS 26
53 LOUISVILLE 74 113 HAWAII 24
54 OREGON ST 74 114 MISSISSIPPI 22
55 ARMY 72 115 VANDERBILT 20
56 S CAROLINA 72 116 IDAHO 19
57 ARIZONA 71 117 TENNESSEE 13
58 WYOMING 70 118 OKLAHOMA ST 12
59 CALIFORNIA 70 119 AIR FORCE 1
60 N MEXICO ST 70 120 FAU 0

Please check PhilSteele.com everyday to get my Top 30 Countdown, which posted #16 Notre Dame 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, Auburn comes in at #15.

Also the official on sale date of the magazine is June 8th, but some people have already seen them in the bookstores and the cost is just $8.95. We did get a shipment into our offices yesterday and if you want to order thru the offices the cost is $13.70 with postage. Call 1-866-918-7711 or visit the PhilSteele.com store to order yours today

I will be back tomorrow with the final look at the Experience Chart.

Only 92 DAYS LEFT UNTIL THE FIRST COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME!!!

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  • primetime28

    In here is the evidence supporting a Gopher surprize this season. In the great Northwest Big Ten Country, we run the football. Minnesota's mature OLine will dictate a running game much like their rival Wisconsin.

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

    The Gophers OL averages 323 lbs and should be one of the most improved O-lines in the country. However, the defense with just 2 returning starters and the brutal schedule that includes HG's vs USC, Penn St, Ohio St and Iowa are my main concerns With most of their winnable games are on the road I think the Gophers may miss a bowl game this year for just the 2nd time in 9 years. Thanks, Phil

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

    The Gophers OL averages 323 lbs and should be one of the most improved O-lines in the country. However, the defense with just 2 returning starters and the brutal schedule that includes HG's vs USC, Penn St, Ohio St and Iowa are my main concerns With most of their winnable games are on the road I think the Gophers may miss a bowl game this year for just the 2nd time in 9 years. Thanks, Phil

  • Llopez_00

    Hey Phil,
    I know you are probably getting ready for this weekend games. How ever other than this article, do you have any other information in regards to your rated Offensive Line other than just O-Line Career starts? For instance how you rank each team O-Line based on potential?

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

    I base the O-line rankings on a varitery of factors. First is returning starters and career starts. I also look at the number of VHT’s they have in the two deep. I then also consider the sacks allowed particularly the sack % (pass att/# of sacks) and finally the rush ypg and rush ypc. Thanks, Phil