A few interesting tidbits from Tim Griffin's blog,
...Earlier this week, he ascertained the percent of tackles that will be returning for each defense across the country....
Here's a look at how the Big 12 ranked:
I also think it's interesting that the four so-called power teams in the North -- Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado and two-time consecutive title-game participant Missouri -- all rank no better than 75th nationally and among the bottom five teams in the conference in returning tackles.
- Baylor 80.8 percent (ninth nationally)
- Oklahoma 79.8 percent (15th nationally)
- Texas 75.6 percent (24th nationally)
- Kansas State 70.4 percent (35th nationally)
- Iowa State 69.6 percent (42nd nationally)
- Texas Tech 68.9 percent (47th nationally)
- Oklahoma State 68.1 percent (52nd nationally)
- Nebraska 61.5 percent (75th nationally)
- Kansas 60.4 percent (81st nationally)
- Colorado 58.2 percent (87th nationally)
- Texas A&M 58.0 percent (89th nationally)
- Missouri 56.5 percent (95th nationally)
Big 12 - ESPNQuote:
These Big 12 position groups are stacked with talent
Iowa State's running backs: With new offensive coordinator Tom Herman taking over with a spread offensive attack, a talented array of running backs still will have frequent opportunities to contribute. Leading returning rusher Alexander Robinson could be poised to become one of the most underrated rusher/receiver combination backs in the conference. But Robinson will have to fight for playing time with a stacked group that also includes bruising redshirt freshman Jeremiah Schwartz and heralded University of Florida transfer Bo Williams. Herman will be able to utilize all three backs in a variety of roles....