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2011 Starters Broken Down By Class

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For more than 7 years I have published an “Experience Chart” in my National College Football Preview. The old version of this chart just took into account the overall experience from the 2 deep for each squad. Last year I revised the Experience Chart and created a New and Improved version. The new chart uses 20% of the experience grade from the old chart, 20% from the % of lettermen returning, 20% from the % of tackles returning, 20% from the % of yards returning and 20% from the career starts of the offensive line.

The most experienced teams when using the old chart were usually the service academies which play a lot of seniors and juniors. Using the old method (which is listed below) the top 5 most experienced teams in terms of upperclassmen in the two deep are: 1. Air Force 2. Navy 3. Arkansas St 4. Temple and 5. Utah St. Purdue and Northwestern rank the highest among BCS teams coming in at #7.

The least experienced teams using this method are: 120. Auburn 119. Georgia Tech 118. Boston College and 117. Washington. The next paragraph is an explanation of how the chart works and below that is the old version of the Experience Chart.

Experience can be a big thing in college football. A player gains valuable experience for every year he plays and becomes a better player because of it. Players also mature physically while they are in college and there is a big difference between a raw 17 or 18 year old true freshman and a mature and physically stronger 22 year old senior. Some teams that send their players away on missions, like BYU, routinely have Seniors up to 25 years old. There is also a coaching adage that for every freshman starter you have, you lose one game. With that in mind, we compiled the following chart. It lists the total amount of senior starters on the team as well as seniors in the two deep. It also shows all of the juniors, sophomores and freshmen starters and the total amount in the two deep.

To formulate a point system, I awarded 3 points for every senior starter (2.5 for every additional senior in the two deep) 2 points for every junior starter (1.5 for every additional junior in the two deep) 1 point for a sophomore starter (0.5 for every additional soph in the 2 deep then subtracted 1 point for every frosh starter and .5 for every frosh in the two deep. The total points column uses that formula to figure out the points awarded to a team. The number before the team is where they came up in my overall ranking of all the teams in the NCAA. This list was compiled during magazine season and there have been some changes to the 2 deep since it went to press, which may not be accounted for. This chart will give you an idea of the most experienced and least experienced teams in the NCAA this year.

ST=Starter
2D=Two Deep

Rank
SR ST SR 2D JR ST JR 2D SO ST SO 2D FR ST FR 2D Pts
1
AIR FORCE 17 8 4 8 1 5 0 1 94
2
NAVY 15 5 7 8 0 9 0 0 88
3
ARKANSAS ST 11 6 9 10 2 4 0 2 84
4
TEMPLE 13 7 7 5 2 8 0 2 83
5
UTAH ST 10 8 10 6 2 4 0 4 81
6
SMU 12 5 8 7 1 9 1 1 79
7
PURDUE 9 9 8 4 5 6 0 3 78
7
NORTHWESTERN 16 3 5 5 1 11 0 3 78
7
HAWAII 11 8 7 5 4 4 0 5 78
7
NEW MEXICO ST 10 5 10 8 2 6 0 3 78
11
ARIZONA STATE 13 7 5 5 4 4 0 6 77
11
SOUTHERN MISS 9 9 8 2 5 9 0 2 77
11
LOUISIANA TECH 9 4 11 9 2 7 0 2 77
14
TOLEDO 13 6 6 5 2 7 1 4 76
15
KANSAS ST 6 8 10 8 5 4 1 2 75
15
TULSA 8 7 9 6 5 6 0 3 75
15
NEVADA 13 4 8 7 0 6 1 5 75
18
BOISE ST 14 5 2 6 5 8 1 3 74
18
TROY 9 4 10 9 2 7 1 2 74
20
MISSOURI 12 5 6 6 4 5 0 6 73
20
MIAMI, FL 12 5 7 5 2 8 1 4 73
20
RICE 11 2 9 7 2 11 0 2 73
20
FIU 6 4 11 11 5 5 0 2 73
24
TEXAS A&M 11 3 7 8 4 7 0 4 72
24
UTEP 9 4 8 10 4 5 1 3 72
24
UAB 14 2 4 9 4 5 0 6 72
24
MIAMI, OH 7 3 10 11 5 6 0 2 72
24
KENT 11 4 8 5 3 9 0 4 72
24
IDAHO 13 4 6 6 2 7 1 5 72
24
NORTH TEXAS 10 5 8 7 2 8 2 2 72
24
LOUISIANA 12 5 6 5 4 6 0 6 72
32
IOWA ST 9 4 10 7 3 6 0 5 71
32
UCLA 8 3 8 10 6 7 0 2 71
32
OREGON ST 10 3 9 8 3 6 0 5 71
32
MISSISSIPPI ST 9 5 10 5 3 7 0 5 71
32
ARMY 6 6 10 6 6 8 0 2 71
37
COLORADO 11 7 4 3 7 5 0 7 69
37
OKLAHOMA ST 9 4 7 6 5 11 1 1 69
37
SAN JOSE ST 12 4 3 8 6 5 1 5 69
37
N ILLINOIS 12 4 6 4 4 8 0 6 69
41
NOTRE DAME 8 4 7 8 7 6 0 4 68
41
KENTUCKY 10 3 7 7 5 7 0 5 68
41
MIDDLE TENN 10 5 5 5 6 9 1 3 68
44
MICHIGAN 9 4 9 5 4 7 0 6 67
44
NC STATE 6 7 10 3 6 7 0 5 67
44
ALABAMA 6 8 11 1 5 7 0 6 67
44
CINCINNATI 11 5 8 4 1 7 2 6 67
48
PENN ST 9 3 8 4 5 12 0 3 66
48
ARKANSAS 10 3 7 7 4 7 1 5 66
50
SYRACUSE 9 3 8 7 5 5 0 7 65
50
MEMPHIS 4 8 10 4 7 6 1 4 65
50
HOUSTON 11 0 7 9 3 9 1 4 65
50
ULM 11 4 4 4 7 8 0 6 65
50
CONNECTICUT 10 3 9 7 1 6 2 6 65
50
FAU 9 2 7 8 5 9 1 3 65
50
W KENTUCKY 5 4 11 8 6 5 0 5 65
57
IOWA 9 5 7 4 5 7 1 6 64
57
BAYLOR 5 4 10 7 7 7 0 4 64
57
VANDERBILT 9 0 8 10 5 7 0 5 64
57
BYU 9 4 7 5 6 6 0 7 64
57
AKRON 8 5 7 6 5 7 2 4 64
62
WEST VIRGINIA 8 4 8 6 5 6 1 6 63
62
BALL ST 8 4 7 5 6 9 1 4 63
62
OHIO 9 2 10 6 3 6 0 8 63
65
NEBRASKA 7 3 8 9 5 6 2 4 62
65
TEXAS TECH 7 3 8 7 7 6 0 6 62
65
UTAH 7 5 9 6 4 5 2 6 62
65
E MICHIGAN 5 6 11 7 3 4 3 5 62
65
USF 9 1 9 7 3 9 1 5 62
70
MICHIGAN ST 8 2 8 7 5 8 1 5 61
70
CALIFORNIA 9 5 7 7 3 2 3 8 61
70
WYOMING 9 3 8 7 4 3 1 9 61
70
COLORADO ST 8 4 7 6 5 7 2 5 61
70
UNLV 9 2 6 8 6 6 1 6 61
75
INDIANA 9 5 6 3 6 6 1 8 60
75
WISCONSIN 10 1 6 3 6 14 0 4 60
75
NORTH CAROLINA 8 4 8 5 5 5 1 8 60
75
LSU 8 4 5 5 8 8 1 5 60
75
SAN DIEGO ST 10 5 6 5 3 4 3 8 60
75
BUFFALO 8 6 4 5 8 5 2 6 60
81
OKLAHOMA 7 5 8 3 6 7 1 7 59
81
FLORIDA ST 8 3 10 3 4 7 0 9 59
81
EAST CAROLINA 8 3 5 7 9 4 0 8 59
84
OHIO ST 7 5 8 3 6 6 1 8 58
84
VIRGINIA TECH 8 5 5 7 6 3 3 7 58
84
WAKE FOREST 9 4 7 1 6 8 0 9 58
84
SOUTH CAROLINA 7 3 9 7 3 7 3 5 58
84
C MICHIGAN 9 0 12 4 1 9 0 9 58
84
W MICHIGAN 7 3 7 6 7 7 1 6 58
90
MINNESOTA 10 4 5 4 4 7 3 7 57
90
OREGON 9 2 9 3 3 9 1 8 57
90
VIRGINIA 11 2 5 7 4 3 2 10 57
90
FRESNO  ST 7 3 8 4 6 9 1 6 57
90
TCU 9 3 6 5 5 7 2 7 57
90
TULANE 5 5 12 2 4 7 1 8 57
96
KANSAS 8 2 7 5 5 10 2 5 56
96
PITTSBURGH 11 3 6 2 3 8 2 9 56
96
ARIZONA 10 4 3 6 6 4 3 8 56
96
MARYLAND 6 3 10 6 4 6 2 7 56
96
NEW MEXICO 5 3 11 7 4 5 2 7 56
101
ILLINOIS 8 1 7 7 6 6 1 8 55
101
WASHINGTON ST 8 3 6 5 6 7 2 7 55
103
RUTGERS 5 4 10 4 5 7 2 7 54
103
FLORIDA 7 1 6 7 8 8 1 6 54
103
GEORGIA 5 3 11 4 5 7 1 8 54
106
TEXAS 8 1 4 6 9 9 1 6 53
106
USC 5 5 9 5 4 6 4 6 53
106
MISSISSIPPI 7 2 8 7 3 8 4 5 53
106
TENNESSEE 4 4 6 5 11 8 1 5 53
106
MARSHALL 10 2 5 2 5 11 2 7 53
111
DUKE 6 3 7 3 8 8 1 8 51
111
UCF 5 2 12 4 3 8 2 8 51
113
BOWLING GREEN 6 5 4 3 10 6 2 8 50
114
STANFORD 7 2 8 1 5 11 2 8 48
114
CLEMSON 7 3 8 4 5 2 2 13 48
114
LOUISVILLE 8 3 5 4 6 5 3 10 48
117
WASHINGTON 7 3 5 5 5 8 5 6 47
118
BOSTON COLLEGE 6 3 6 4 8 4 2 11 46
119
GEORGIA TECH 6 2 6 5 5 9 5 6 44
120
AUBURN 4 3 7 4 7 3 4 12 38

Also on PhilSteele.com around June 15th, we will be posting the players who are no longer with each team since the magazine went to press more than a month ago. What I do in my personal magazine is circle the players and that way you can tell at a glance which teams suffer the most attrition and those that do not lose anybody. Remember when Oklahoma won their National Title in 2000, not a single starter missed a single start due to injury. This list will be updated DAILY so check it often. Also during the season we will provide an updated starts lost list for each school so you can see which schools are banged up and which fall into the zero starts lost category. This section will also update late additions.

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