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% of Tackles 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. In 2009, 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 June 4th blog. Another factor listed is the % of lettermen returning and Career OL Starts which I broke down last week. Today I will discuss the % of tackles returning.

% of Tackles Returning

Rank Team % TKL
Return
Rank Team % TKL
Return
1 San Jose St 98.41% 61 Utah St 66.29%
2 Cincinnati 94.98% 62 Duke 66.25%
3 Kentucky 91.41% 63 Colorado St 66.24%
4 Alabama 91.22% 64 Wyoming 66.11%
5 Miami, Oh 84.52% 65 Tennessee 66.10%
6 New Mexico 84.11% 66 Nebraska 65.81%
7 Purdue 83.80% 67 Michigan 65.65%
8 Tulsa 82.35% 68 Virginia Tech 65.48%
9 Vanderbilt 80.16% 69 Wisconsin 65.39%
10 Washington St 78.73% 70 Hawaii 65.28%
11 UTEP 78.08% 71 Texas 65.02%
12 Air Force 77.46% 72 Stanford 64.48%
13 Rice 77.43% 73 Akron 64.04%
14 Toledo 77.10% 74 USC 63.98%
15 Penn St 76.94% 75 Indiana 63.91%
16 Minnesota 76.88% 76 North Texas 62.93%
17 NC State 76.73% 77 Louisville 62.82%
18 Tulane 76.39% 78 Miss St 61.47%
19 Texas A&M 76.32% 79 E Carolina 60.58%
20 Arizona St 76.32% 80 Fresno St 60.54%
21 Florida St 75.60% 81 Arizona 60.33%
22 Kansas St 75.17% 82 Utah 60.22%
23 Idaho 74.43% 83 Clemson 58.83%
24 Virginia 74.40% 84 Oklahoma St 58.51%
25 UAB 74.39% 85 California 58.13%
26 Pittsburgh 73.73% 86 C Michigan 58.08%
27 Iowa St 72.63% 87 E Michigan 57.89%
28 Arkansas 72.40% 88 TCU 57.69%
29 Northwestern 72.38% 89 Washington 57.43%
30 Arkansas St 72.21% 90 BYU 57.43%
31 Marshall 71.87% 91 Michigan St 56.54%
32 ULM 71.46% 92 Georgia 55.99%
33 SMU 71.44% 93 Illinois 55.89%
34 UCLA 71.13% 94 Kansas 55.81%
35 Notre Dame 70.95% 95 Missouri 55.45%
36 W Michigan 70.95% 96 Temple 54.95%
37 San Diego St 70.48% 97 N Illinois 54.57%
38 Ball St 70.47% 98 Florida 53.78%
39 New Mexico St 70.34% 99 Texas Tech 53.56%
40 Southern Miss 70.28% 100 Oregon St 53.05%
41 S Carolina 70.04% 101 FAU 53.01%
42 WKU 69.90% 102 Memphis 52.74%
43 LSU 69.83% 103 Georgia Tech 52.07%
44 Oklahoma 69.78% 104 Oregon 51.99%
45 La Tech 69.74% 105 Rutgers 51.24%
46 Nevada 69.70% 106 West Virginia 50.48%
47 Connecticut 69.52% 107 Mississippi 50.45%
48 Boston College 69.41% 108 Syracuse 50.40%
49 Louisiana 69.32% 109 Kent St 50.17%
50 Houston 68.96% 110 UNLV 49.40%
51 N Carolina 68.84% 111 UCF 49.17%
52 Bowling Green 68.22% 112 Middle Tenn 48.64%
53 Colorado 68.10% 113 Iowa 47.16%
54 Boise St 67.82% 114 Baylor 45.77%
55 Troy 67.68% 115 Ohio St 45.13%
56 Miami, Fl 67.63% 116 Auburn 42.81%
57 Maryland 67.34% 117 Buffalo 42.18%
58 Wake Forest 67.09% 118 Ohio 40.21%
59 South Florida 66.91% 119 Navy 37.77%
60 FIU 66.67% 120 Army 36.91%

San Jose St comes in at #1 with 98.41%. The Spartans are the only team in the FBS that returns all 11 defensive starters and are led by OLB Keith Smith who had 116 tkls. Just two years ago the Cincinnati Bearcats returned only one defensive starter now this year it comes nearly full circle as they return 10 starters and 94.98% of their tackles and are led by MLB JK Schaffer who had 111 tkls last year.

At the bottom of the list are two service academies in Army and Navy who both return less than 38% of their tackles from last year. Keep in mind though generally service academies return much fewer starters than the rest of the schools so these numbers are not that surprising. Ohio does come in at #118 with only 40.21% of their tackles back but they do get the return of LB Noah Keller who had 396 career tkls coming into LY before getting a med RS.

Please check PhilSteele.com everyday to get my Top 30 Countdown, which posted #12 Nebraska and #11 TCU over the weekend. Thru June 15th, 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, Florida St comes in at #10.

I will be back tomorrow to take another factor at my experience chart with the two deep breakdown.

Only 86 DAYS LEFT UNTIL THE FIRST COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME!!!

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  • http://fortheresy.webs.com/ Scott Dunham

    Phil, last year I suggested breaking out tackles by UNIT, and you said it would happen this year. No?

  • http://fortheresy.webs.com/ Scott Dunham

    You just lost a magazine sale, this year and beyond.

  • http://fortheresy.webs.com/ Scott Dunham

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