Auburn Football

Auburn Football 2010: A Look at Returning Production in the West

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 1: Wide receiver Darvin Adams #89 of the Auburn Tigers looks for a pass against the Northwestern Wildcats in the Outback Bowl January 1, 2010 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Kevin McGradySenior Writer IJuly 22, 2010

 

We have all witnessed the growing pains of inexperienced players on different teams. The less playing experience they have, the more mistakes they make. Sometimes these mistakes can be outweighed by production.

There are some truly gifted players whose extraordinary production simply makes us forget those annoying lapses in judgment. They simply score more touchdowns than they miss assignments or sack more quarterbacks than they are burned for touchdowns.

There is a way to look into the production of such players and see if they have actually produced enough for fans to overlook their inexperience. The public has been told on several occasions by various writers and reporters that teams like Alabama, LSU and Florida will simply reload with experienced players for 2010. Many had even predicted that these teams would get better, not worse.

In truth Alabama or LSU will not be starting or playing that many true freshmen except on special teams. The players filling the gaps on these teams were on the teams playing behind the starters. Some have even said they were better than the starters ahead of them.

If this is the case, fans can expect these players to have accumulated some impressive statistics over the last season. It is time to line the contenders up side by side and compare this vast experience so that fans might decide for themselves.

To do this we can first take a look at the entire team that will be returning for 2010. Then we can take a look at the returning starter’s statistics. Finally we can take a look at the impressive statistics put up by these talented replacements.

 

Returning Team Production Western Division

Statistic

Alabama

LSU

Arkansas

Auburn

Tackles

261

445

742

763

Per Game

19

34

57

59

 

 

 

 

 

Sacks

11

10

20

16

Per Game

.79

.77

1.54

1.23

 

 

 

 

 

Forced Fumbles

2

3

9

9

Per Game

.14

.23

.69

.69

 

 

 

 

 

Interceptions

8

6

11

6

Per Game

.57

.46

.84

.46

 

 

 

 

 

Rushing Yards

2619

607

1319

1433

Per Game

187

46.7

101.5

110.2

 

 

 

 

 

Receiving Yards

2052

1087

3343

2600

 

146.6

83.6

257.2

200

 

 

 

 

 

Total Yards

4671

1694

4662

4033

Per Game

333.64

130.31

358.62

310.23

 

The facts simply do not backup the argument of a lot of experience returning for some of these teams, at least not productive experience. In the SEC western division Arkansas and Auburn return the most starters and their returning production is astonishingly higher.

This would lead any reasonable fan to conclude one of two things. Either the players filling the gaps on these teams are inexperienced, or they did not produce when they were gaining experience. This piece was used for a source of information for this article.

 

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