Which SEC team returns the most offensive firepower in 2013?

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The SEC is home to the best defensive teams in the country, but in 2012, we saw some offensive explosion, with four quarterbacks throwing for over 3,000 yards, nine running backs topping the 1,000-yard mark and four receivers surpassing the 1,000-yard mark. It was a slightly different year than we’re used to seeing, and it had the SEC-haters questioning the primary “defensive” league.

But who has the most offensive firepower – in terms of scoring touchdowns – returning in 2013?

LSU leads the conference with 85.4 percent of its scorers returning. That bodes well for Cam Cameron and Les Miles as they try to kick the offense into a higher gear. Similarly, Ole Miss returns basically everyone but their tight end Jamal Mosley, who caught three touchdowns in 2012.

Also, arguably the most explosive team in Georgia merely lost one starter on offense in wide receiver Tavarres King who caught nine touchdowns in ‘12. Texas A&M returns the most explosive player in Johnny Manziel, but lost a running back and two wide receivers.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is Arkansas, who lost QB Tyler Wilson, RBs Dennis Johnson and Knile Davis, as well as wide receiver Cobi Hamilton and tight end Chris Gragg. Talk about an offensive rebuilding year in 2013 for the Hogs. Bret Bielema and Jim Chaney have their work cut out for them.

The offensive touchdowns are based on 2012’s numbers, and we note how many are returning in 2013:

LSU: 85.4% returning

41 offensive TDs in 2012 (35 return)
12 passing TDs (12 return)
12 receiving TDs (11 return)
29 rushing TDs (24 return)

Ole Miss: 83.7% returning

49 offensive TDs in 2012 (41 return)
24 passing TDs (23 return)
24 receiving TDs (20 return)
25 rushing TDs (21 return)

Georgia: 78.3% returning

69 offensive TDs in 2012 (54 return)
37 passing TDs (37 return)
37 receiving TDs (24 return)
32 rushing TDs (30 return)

Vanderbilt: 71.4% returning

42 offensive TDs in 2012 (30 return)
17 passing TDs (2 return)
17 receiving TDs (17 return)
25 rushing TDs (13 return)

Alabama: 66.2% returning

68 offensive TDs in 2012 (45 return)
31 passing TDs (31 return)
31 receiving TDs (25 return)
37 rushing TDs (20 return)

Kentucky: 65.4% returning

26 offensive TDs in 2012 (17 return)
13 passing TDs (12 return)
13 receiving TDs (5 return)
13 rushing TDs (12 return)

Auburn: 62.5% returning

24 offensive TDs in 2012 (15 return)
8 passing TDs (7 return)
8 receiving TDs (5 return)
16 rushing TDs (10 return)

Texas A&M: 59.5% returning

74 offensive TDs in 2012 (44 return)
28 passing TDs (26 return)
28 receiving TDs (10 return)
46 rushing TDs (34 return)

Missouri: 58.1% returning

31 offensive TDs in 2012 (18 return)
15 passing TDs (15 return)
15 receiving TDs (14 return)
16 rushing TDs (4 return)

Mississippi State: 54.3% returning

46 offensive TDs in 2012 (25 return)
28 passing TDs (28 return)
28 receiving TDs (7 return)
18 rushing TDs (18 return)

South Carolina: 50% returning

48 offensive TDs in 2012 (24 return)
29 passing TDs (27 return)
29 receiving TDs (18 return)
19 rushing TDs (6 return)

Tennessee: 43.4% returning

53 offensive TDs in 2012 (23 return)
35 passing TDs (1 returns)
35 receiving TDs (8 return)
18 rushing TDs (15 return)

Florida: 42.9% returning

35 offensive TDs in 2012 (15 return)
13 passing TDs (12 return)
13 receiving TDs (6 return)
22 rushing TDs (9 return)

Arkansas: 37.1 % returning

35 offensive TDs in 2012 (13 return)
23 passing TDs (2 returning)
23 receiving TDs (12 return)
12 rushing TDs (1 returns)

Photo Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

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  • This certainly isn’t welcoming to one of the ugliest offenses Florida has ever seen. Ugly? Sure, but it was effective. However, Jeff Driskel’s development, along with the receivers running backs and offensive line, is bigger than the Gators losing 7 starters on defense. Much Bigger. The primary rushing weapon is gone, along with the primary receiving weapon.

    • Finally a Gator fan that is realistic. I agree with you that it was effective, but Driskel need to improve his arm more than anything in 2013. I will be interested to see their defense, but I do see them finishing second in the East just because of the Offensive and Defensive uncertainty.

  • Dawgs will be SO loaded next year, this isnt even close. It will be 3 in a row in Jacksonville.

  • That has to be some kind of record that Florida only scored 11 more TD’s than Auburn yet won 9 more games.

    UGA’s best recruit next year will be the return of Michael Bennett. He and Murray were on the same page the last 2 years and if MB can come back from the ACL tear he should lead the Dawg receivers next year. Add Gurshall and UGA is set on Offense. Of course replacing 9 starters on D might mean they have to outscore the opponent.

    • Your first point about Florida tells me that Muschamp can coach. That’s my takeaway from the season, honestly. Florida won 11 and had a less than average offense and a very good defense. Muschamp knows the Xs and Os.

      • No doubt about it…I truly believe that was the best D in the country last year…not sure what happened to them in the bowl game…perhaps already had their heads in the NFL? Either way to win 11 games without a passing threat was pretty impressive.

        • In the bowl game they actually ran into a quarterback who is accurate passing beyond 15 year distance. One example, If you remember the Florida v Missouri game, it was James Fran missing wide open receivers that saved them, not great defensive plays. Credit where credit is due to Florida and Muschamp but don’t paint the whole presentation as better than it was.

  • Well the Dawgs have the most “returning” TD by a long shot, i’m bias but when you replace your 1 departure with michael bennett and a 6’5″ JUCO guy I think you will do alright.
    Can’t wait to watch top 10 Clemson get embarrassed on national TV in week 1!
    Go Dawgs

  • Considering Florida needed a blocked punt with :02 left to beat a FCS team home and needed some D help to beat the other FCS team, they were very fortunate to win 11.

    Muschamp brings some manner of “actual” discipline to the team as well. We’ll see what he does with Purifoy.

  • Jon, good job on this story. Doesn’t this shed a bright light on the challenge coach B has at Arkansas, or the real hole Florida is in versus the political face painting. Now what statistic can we lay out that will tell us why the 2011 game between LSU and AL was a defensive battle but after that everybody ran to the ammunition dump to gear up for modern attacking football? Who beat the champs in 2012 ? ans. the big scoring wild shoot out attack. And what happened to the team that relied most on defense in the bowl game? (not even their fans were excited about going to see it and that plus the league bowl record suffered a little)

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