Returning starters in the Big Ten
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Returning starters isn't the be all and end all of football statistics.
Doak Walker Award winner Shonn Greene wasn't a returning starter for Iowa last year. Neither were Aaron Maybin or Daryll Clark, both of whom earned first team All-Big Ten honors for Penn State.
But the number of returning starters for a given team often determines how well that team performs. The returning starters stat unquestionably shapes preseason perception of teams and the numerous rankings of teams and positions.
The official list of returning starters in the Big Ten this season features 19 all-conference honorees, including seven first-teamers.
Here's the official breakdown:
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
12:00 PM ET Illinois Northwestern 12:00 PM ET Purdue Indiana 12:00 PM ET Michigan 6 Ohio State 3:30 PM ET 10 Michigan State Penn State 3:30 PM ET 18 Minnesota 14 Wisconsin 3:30 PM ET Rutgers Maryland