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Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by DaytonBuck, Aug 5, 2004.

  1. DaytonBuck

    DaytonBuck I've always liked them

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Michigan is starting right where it left off.

    The defending champion Wolverines were picked by the media Wednesday as the preseason favorite to win the Big Ten conference. Ohio State was second, and Iowa was third. Purdue quarterback Kyle Orton was the preseason pick for offensive player of the year while Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk was chosen as the defensive standout.

    Michigan returns 17 starters -- seven on offense, six on defense _ from last year's squad, which went 7-1 on its way to its 41st conference title. It was the Wolverines' fourth Big Ten title under coach Lloyd Carr (1997, 1998, 2000, 2003).

    The Buckeyes have 11 starters back from last year's team, which tied for second in the Big Ten and won the Fiesta Bowl for a second straight year. Iowa returns 11 starters, including seven on defense.

    Orton is the Big Ten's leading statistical returnee in yards passing, passing efficiency and total offense. Hawk was among the top 10 in the conference with 106 tackles last year.
  2. coastalbuck

    coastalbuck And this one belongs to the Reds!

    Very good point. ESPN editors must be scUM grads!
  3. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    LLyod Carr is a man of his word so he is just letting the guys claim to be starting at the position he promised them during recruiting while everyone else is counting them by the position they actually play. Thus the discrepency. :wink2:
  4. 3yardsandacloud

    3yardsandacloud Administrator Emeritus

    The CFN preview on Michigan list 4 returning starters on special teams ... that would make the math correct. I know PK and P are returning, not sure who the other 2 would be.
  5. slickman

    slickman keeping tan

    My guess would have to be holder and long snapper, but I don't think special teams is counted for OSU nor have I ever heard of such preponderances.
  6. BuckeyeFromHecK

    BuckeyeFromHecK The Little Engine That Could

    maybe punt returner and kick returner in steve breaston bc he didnt start last year at wideout
  7. FKAGobucks877

    FKAGobucks877 The Most Power-Drunk

    "Starters" has always defined O and D. Maybe they are referring to special teams, but that's just a joke. I effing hate mishitgan.

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