Where Texas football ranks in returning production for 2024

The first returning production rankings of the 2024 offseason were released by ESPN's Bill Connelly on Feb. 5. Texas football ranked among the most experienced returning rosters in the SEC for the 2024 season.
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Texas football head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff did a nice job managing the roster attrition early in the 2024 offseason. After the conclusion of the winter transfer portal window, Texas has the roster in a good spot.

Texas returns multiple key starters on both sides of the ball, including four starters along the offensive line, their quarterback, and both edge rushers.

Texas football among the most experienced rosters in the SEC in 2024

Sarkisian and staff didn't lose many key contributors on the two-deep to the transfer portal early this offseason. Among the dozen or so portal losses for the Longhorns during the transfer window, any players with starting experience could fall into the category of expected roster turnover.

Sarkisian and the Longhorns have replenished many position groups that suffered key departures to the NFL Draft with immediate impact starters from the portal. Texas also signed a recruiting class that includes many elite talents capable of pushing for early reps at key positions on both sides of the ball.

Texas added talent and depth across the board on both sides of the ball to the two-deep, with a record-breaking 17 early enrollees for the spring semester and seven proven portal additions.

Where Texas ranks in returning production early this offseason?

According ESPN's Bill Connelly, Texas returns the second-most production of any SEC team in 2024. Connelly's first returning production rankings for the 2024 campaign early this offseason ranks Texas 26th in the FBS, with 70 percent returning production.

The Texas A&M Aggies are the only SEC program that returns more production on its roster than Texas for the 2024 season.

Texas returns more on offense, with nearly three-quarters of its production returning in 2024 (30th in FBS). On defense, Texas returns 66 percent of its production (38th in the FBS).

How Connelly calculates returning production?

Connelly calculates returning production by utilizing the production of the players returning to their team from the previous year. FBS transfers are also included in their team's returning production rankings here.

So, any transfers Texas added to the roster during the winter portal window are accounted for with the production from their last school if they transferred from an FBS program.

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