Chart: Roster numbers of college football programs

Posted by: Pete Roussel on Monday July 02, 2012


Posted by: Pete Roussel on June 2, 2012

Phil Steele... you've probably heard of him.

Today, Steele released a "Phil Steel-esq" if there ever is one type of chart.

Steele is really bothered by head coaches that point out the youth on their rosters.  He believes there are five classes --- seniors, juniors, sophomores, red-shirt freshman, and true freshman.  After three years, each class however is likely down 5-10 players due to injuries, dismissals, transfers, early NFL draft entries, thus the majority of your roster should be underclassmen.

Here's what I found interesting after evaluating Steele's numbers.

Teams with the most number of SR / JR players on the current roster: Navy (65), Army (64), Troy (61), Ole Miss (61), Florida State (58), Utah (57), Nebraska (55), BYU (55), LA Tech (55)

Teams with the least number of SR / JR players on the current roster: Marshall (24), UT-San Antonio (24), Nevada (28), Colorado (28), Virginia (28), Stanford (29), ULM (30), Indiana (30), Washington (31), Notre Dame (31), Boston College - Kentucky - Auburn - Virginia Tech (32)

I love Phil Steele's information, but walk-on squad members count in these numbers.  Certain schools have significantly higher roster spots than others.  For example, Pat Fitzgerald seemed happy when he recently announced that Northwestern would have 9 non-scholarship players this year.  Some coaches in the SEC might tell you they can't practice with just 9 walk-ons.

You can see that Stanford has a combined total of 29 players on the current roster that are either juniors or seniors.  This obviously isn't indicative that players are unhappy, transferring, or can't make it academically at Stanford.  It's likely a combination of few walk-ons due to tuition costs, small signing classes, a few injuries, and early draft entries.

Here's a look at the current rosters of the Top 10 teams from a year ago:

School SR JR SO FR Total Upper Lower Upper %
Alabama 17 28 35 26 106 45 61 42.45%
LSU 11 33 30 48 122 44 78 36.07%
Oklahoma St 22 28 25 45 120 50 70 41.67%
Oregon 16 25 29 23 93 41 52 44.09%
Stanford 15 14 29 52 110 29 81 26.36%
USC 20 22 29 28 99 42 57 42.42%
Arkansas 24 28 22 31 105 52 53 49.52%
Boise St 25 16 16 41 98 41 57 41.84%
South Carolina 23 15 28 30 96 38 58 39.58%
Michigan St 18 25 22 27 92 43 49 46.74%

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