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Notre Dame Football: Irish rank near the bottom for returning production in 2019

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Things aren’t as rosy as you would hope.

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Chase Claypool
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Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been briefly going over each position group for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The most important part of each, in my opinion, isn’t just which players are staying and which players are leaving — it’s what kind of production is staying and leaving.

The Irish return 6 starters on defense and 7 starters on offense (based off of base formations in the last game). You could twist those numbers around a bit with 7 starters on defense and 8 starters on offense. Twisting them, however, doesn’t change what production is returning for the Irish in 2019.

Bill Conley released his returning production rankings today, and Notre Dame is sitting in an unfavorable position.

Irish Returning Production Ranking

Team OFF RET RANK DEF RET RANK TOTAL RET RANK
Team OFF RET RANK DEF RET RANK TOTAL RET RANK
Notre Dame 57% 86 55% 95 56% 97

The Irish rank 97th overall out of 130 team in their returning production. Here are the overall rankings for Notre Dame’s opponents:

It’s kind of amazing that Virginia Tech is ranked so high with so much attrition, and yet there they are. At any rate, it’s at least somewhat fortunate that despite Notre Dame’s very low ranking for returning production, they still fit right in the middle with their schedule.