SEC teams with the most returning lettermen

NCAA Football: South Carolina at Tennessee

College football analyst Phil Steele broke down the percentage of lettermen returning in college football, and one SEC team stood out as having the most in the country.

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South Carolina returns over 85 percent of their lettermen, which leads the conference and the country. Mississippi State is right behind the Gamecocks, retuning nearly 83 percent of their lettermen. Those are the only two conference teams that return 80 percent or more of their lettermen.

Texas A&M returns the third most with 75 percent, while Tennessee and Missouri bring up the rear. The Tigers return just 62 percent of their lettermen, while the Vols return the ninth least in the country.

Here’s a breakdown for all 14 SEC teams:

SEC Rank CFB Rank Team Returning Lost Total Lettermen % Return
1 1 South Carolina 58 10 68 85.29%
2 3 Mississippi State 57 12 69 82.61%
3 23 Texas A&M 54 18 72 75.00%
4 32 Auburn 53 19 72 73.61%
5 35 LSU 44 16 60 73.33%
6 57 Florida 49 21 70 70.00%
7 66 Kentucky 50 22 72 69.44%
8 67 Vanderbilt 43 19 62 69.35%
9 72 Ole Miss 60 27 87 68.97%
10 73 Georgia 51 23 74 68.92%
11 75 Arkansas 44 20 64 68.75%
12 78 Alabama 48 22 70 68.57%
13 111 Missouri 39 24 63 61.90%
14 120 Tennessee 43 29 72 59.72%

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  • Hey Wolfman you know what ive been saying about how your team lost almost everything from last season…….returning 39 lettermen! Returning only 39 lettermen would be big trouble even if your program had top level recruiting classes to fall back on, but when you are recruiting in the bottom few of the league and lose most of your veterans its big trouble. This league is all about depth my friend. Depth.

  • Do you have the figures from the past several years? I have a feeling we have more players in development than other teams. Otherwise how do you have such few lettermen in total (63) on an up year compared with everyone else.

  • Who cares about return percentage? Total returning lettermen is the key number.