Where does ESPN’s Bill Connelly rank FSU football’s returning talent in 2024?

What a difference one year makes for Florida State football.

Last season in ESPN writer Bill Connelly’s ranking of returning production for college football teams, the Seminoles ranked first out of 133 FBS teams with 87% of their production replacing.

In Connelly’s rankings for the 2024 season, FSU has gone in the opposite direction, dropping to No. 83 overall out of 134 programs.

Much of that has to do with a lot of Seminoles, led by quarterback Jordan Travis, running back Trey Benson, receiver Johnny Wilson, defensive end Jared Verse and defensive tackle Fabien Lovett among a large group of players returning for one final run at the College Football Playoffs.

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All those names are off to the NFL Draft in April and FSU returns 58% of its production from last season.

The Seminoles’ defense ranks 62nd with a 60% returning production rate while the offense is No. 81 at 56%.

ACC foe Clemson comes in at No. 54 (64% returning production), as it returns 79% (20th) of its offensive production and 49% (103rd) on defense.

Rival Miami is 45th (66%) with 79% (18th) returning on offense and 84th (53%) returning defensively.

Another rival Florida is ranked No. 32, returning 68% of its production, with 70% (39th) on offense and 66% (41st) on defense.

The numbers are a tad higher than one would expect with all that FSU lost via the draft and portal, but in Connelly’s formula, he adds the production from a transfer from their previous school from last season to the new school’s returning position.

Florida State Seminoles tight end Kyle Morlock (84) pushes back a defender. The Florida State Seminoles defeated the Miami Hurricanes 27-20 on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023.

Connelly used FSU as an example of the methodology.

“Take Florida State, for instance. The Seminoles…


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Publish date : 2024-02-07 01:11:15

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