2019 % of Yards returning.

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Today’s blog continues my in-depth look at my NCAA Experience Chart. For nine 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 by adding new categories like Career Starts on Offensive line, % of Offensive Yards returning, % of Defensive Yards returning and % of lettermen returning.

Today I will look at the % of yards returning. I took all of the yards each QB threw for as well as all of the individual rushing yards and receiving yards for each team. I then took all of the returning yards from 2018 and divided it into those for the percentage.

At the top of the chart is Minnesota. They return 9 starters from last year’s offense including their QB, top 3 rushers and top 7 receivers. They have 97.1% of their total yards returning from last year. They are followed by Southern Miss, who returns 10 starters on offense, their QB, top 3 rushers and top 6 receivers and 93.4% of their yards back. Other schools at the top of the list include: FIU (92.6%), Tennessee (91.1%) and Houston (91.0%).

Last year the teams at the top of this chart were San Jose St (Enter records 2-11 to 1-11), UAB (8-5 to 11-3), Mississippi St (4-6 to 8-5), South Carolina (9-4 to 7-6) and BYU (4-9 to 7-6). This year three of the top five improved their record.

At the bottom of the list is NC State with 23.7% returning. Massachusettes is next with 25.1%, Old Dominion (25.8%) and West Virginia (27.2%).

I will be back Saturday to take a look at another factor in my experience chart (% of tackles returning).

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