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May 29, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Tuesday night links — What do Pac-12 offenses return, and more

This day was unexpectedly, and sadly, taken up following the news of Johnie Kirton’s death. As the day closed, there was still no official word on a cause of death — maybe that will come tomorrow. Also no word yet on a memorial service — if word of that is made available, I will also pass that long in this space.

Hard as it is to transition from that to the regular business of this blog, that’s what we’ll do now, with a few links to pass along. …

Phil Steele unveiled one of his more interesting annual features — a look at the percentage of yards returning for each college team. UW, as might be expected given the loss of Chris Polk, Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar, is in the bottom half of the list at 79th overall with just over 60 percent of its total yards returning.

Here’s how the Pac-12 ranks:
1, Utah, 95.12
2, Oregon State, 87.75
3, USC, 85.25
4, Cal, 81.74
5, UCLA, 69.05
6, UW, 60.65
7, WSU, 55.53
8, Stanford, 41.06
9, Oregon, 36.55
10, ASU, 30.22
11, Arizona, 22.69
12, Colorado, 22.34

A few thoughts on those rankings:

– Utah’s high percentage of skill talent is among the reasons a lot of people are high on the Utes as a sleeper team in the conference this year;
– It’s interesting to see UW still ranked as high as it is in the conference in returning skill production despite the loss of some really productive players. Obviously, that’s due largely to the return of Keith Price as well as all the overall depth of the receiving corps last year;
– WSU’s may be a little misleading due to injuries at the QB spot last year (Marshall Lobbestael playing more than anticipated, basically);
– It’s probably not all that common to see a team returning as little proven production as Oregon still be ranked among the top five in the country. But that’s a testament to what the young players have shown when they have played as well as a belief that the system there is allowing the Ducks to reload more than rebuild (as well as having a sturdy defense);
– Low percentages of returning talent don’t bode well for the bottom three teams on that list, all in various states of rebuilding as is. That said, Arizona’s low number there is mitigated a little bit by having relatively experienced fifth-year senior Matt Scott available to step in for Nick Foles at QB after redshirting last year.
– Colorado’s low number, though, is yet another reason why the Buffs will be a consensus pick for last in the conference this season.

Moving on to a few more links. …

Bud Withers has a few thoughts on success of former Pac-12 players in the NFL.

— ESPN.com’s Pac-12 blog has the list of conference centers who are on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, given each year to the best center in the country. UW’s Drew Schaefer, however, is not on the list.

— Some interesting stuff here on TV times for BYU and Utah games (some of which is applicable for every Pac-12 school).

— Rivals.com has updated its list of top 100 recruits for the Class of 2013 (no UW commits on the list at the moment).

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