As the title states, yesterday Phil Steele released his list of returning OL starts for the 2016 football season.
Michigan comes in at #8 overall and #1 in the conference with 105 returning starts. We knew we had a veteran OL returning, but it's nice to see that we're tops in the conference and top 10 nationally in that regard.
We all know that the OL's success really boils down to if a 5th OL (Newsome/Kugler/someone) can step in an produce, but generally a experience at OL leads to success there. With the talent on the roster, the experience at the other 4 OL spots, the improvements made last year with the OL, and Harbaugh and Drevno coaching them up, I like to think this will be Michigan's best OL in a few years.
Some other rankings of note:
#1: Bowling Green - 140 starts (Ohio State's week 1 opponent)
#17: Penn State (2nd in B1G) - 91 starts
#51: Alabama (4th in SEC) - 64 starts
#60: Wisconsin (7th in B1G) - 62 starts
#71: Ohio State (9th in B1G) - 57 starts
#81: Iowa (10th in B1G) - 52 starts
#95: Clemson (13th in ACC) - 46 starts
#102: Michigan State (12th in B1G) - 42 starts
#113: Oklahoma (7th in Big 12) - 32 starts
#117: Notre Dame - 27 starts