The deadline for players declaring for the NFL draft is complete. The Portal is closed. Freshmen signing days are over. I have gone thru the roster of every All Star game and noted all the players that are playing and marked them as gone. I am a little over two months into this year’s magazine which is a 6.5-month process. By the time I finish talking to the coaches I will have every player move captured. The extra Covid year is still the wild card here. Every player with college eligibility is not necessarily going to return as some will just leave football. Each of my All conference blogs highlights the players that are coming back and the players not highlighted are gone. There is a slight chance that I missed on a player or two coming or going. If you look over this list and know that someone I have marked as returning is gone or vice versa please either tweet at me @philsteele042 or mail Todd@philsteele.com. With that said here is the Sun Belt List of my All Conference players from last year and which ones are returning and which ones are gone.
The Sun Belt has 10 First Team All-Conference selections returning which is a three-way tie for seventh most of the 11 conferences (includes Independents). Troy and South Alabama lead the way with two First Teamers. The SBC had 4 players make either my first, second, third or 4th team All American and of those 4, three return (25%). In my All Conference Returning/Lost chart (see page 33 of magazine) the SEC ranks #6 at -108 All Conference points returning. South Alabama led the SEC with 8 players that made either my 1st, 2nd or 3rd team ACC squad returning and only one player that made one of the three units lost. There will be some changes to these numbers by the time the magazine goes to the press in June with the Transfer portal having another window in May.
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