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Thursday, January 27, 2011
Tallying the Big 12 North's returning starters

By staff

God bless you, Phil Steele.

I wasn't planning to tally up the returning starters across the Big 12 until next week, but the college football guru put together a ranking of every team's total returning starters.

For better or worse, this number has quite a bit of impact on people's perceptions of teams entering 2011, so there's no doubt that each team's bottom line has a big influence heading into next year.

We'll kick if off with the Big 12 North. A star signifies that the team's starting quarterback will return.

1. Colorado - 17 starters* (9 offense, 7 defense, 1 specialist)

Top returners: RB Rodney Stewart, QB Tyler Hansen, LB Jon Major, DB Terrel Smith

1. Missouri - 17 starters (9 offense, 6 defense, 2 specialists)

Top returners: WR T.J. Moe, TE Michael Egnew, LB Will Ebner, S Kenji Jackson

3. Kansas - 14 starters* (8 offense, 6 defense, 0 specialists)

Top returners: RB James Sims, WR Daymond Patterson, LB Steven Johnson, DB Isiah Barfield

3. Iowa State - 14 starters (5 offense, 7 defense, 2 specialists)

Top returners: LB Jake Knott, LB A.J. Klein, DB Leonard Johnson, DB Jeremy Reeves

5. Nebraska - 12 starters* (5 offense, 7 defense, 0 specialists)

Top returners: QB Taylor Martinez, LB Lavonte David, RB Rex Burkhead, DT Jared Crick

5. Kansas State - 12 starters (5 offense, 6 defense, 1 specialist)

Top returners: DB David Garrett, DB Tysyn Hartman, DB Ty Zimmerman, WR/PR Tramaine Thompson

Are those numbers deceiving for any team on the list?

Any team have a high number of starters that could be overrated entering 2011?