Georgia ranks a lowly 95th in Bill Connelly’s returning production (not the same thing as returning starters) metric. Youth will be served — must be might be more accurate a description. If it’s any consolation — and it probably isn’t — Alabama isn’t even in Bill’s top 100.
Also, I mentioned this before in my post about returning starters, but it may behoove us to keep an eye on Mississippi State this season. Why?
Former Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead took over for Dan Mullen, and he inherits a far greater level of expectation than Mullen did when he arrived in 2009. Not only has MSU achieved at an unprecedented level (eight straight bowls, plus at least nine wins in three of the last four years), the Bulldogs return so much:
- 100 percent of passing yards (and now with two tested QBs)
- 100 percent of RB rushing yards
- 71 percent of receiving corps yards
- 80 percent of offensive line starts
- 82 percent of overall tackles
- 92 percent of TFLs
In terms of combined experience and talent, this could be one of MSU’s most impressive teams.
If Joe Moorhead is as good a coach as many surmise, this team might be something.