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?