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Today’s blog starts my in-depth look at my NCAA 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.
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 FBS newcomer Appalachian St is the top team in the country with 145 career starts returning but since all of those starts come at the FCS level, they do not rank in my Top 45 of OL units. UTSA is #2 with 143 starts returning but like Appalachian St do not appear among my top OL units. Coming in at #3 is Indiana who has 130 career OL starts returning and they rank as my #13 overall OL as HC Kevin Wilson played OL at North Carolina and emphasizes the position. LY the Hoosiers opened holes for 202 ypg rush (5.3) and allowed just 3.8% sks. If you purchase my magazine you will find that Oregon (108 career starts returning) and Auburn (113 career starts returning) are my two top rated offensive lines.
At the bottom of the list is Tennessee who has just 6 starts returning. Two Big Ten teams in Penn St (provided Miles Dieffenbach doesn’t return) and Ohio State who loses four starters from one of the best OL’s in the country are also at the bottom.
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 Alabama can be just #107 in career starts returning (37 starts) but rate as my #8 overall OL this year.
Here are the rankings for all 128 teams with regards to Career OL Starts Returning.
Michigan is number 107 in the nation returning 37 career starts.
osu is number 126 returning 21 starts
Tennessee is last only returning 6 starts......WOW