Measuring Up: Ducks vs. the SEC and other BCS powers

Arik Armstead at 6’8″, joins 6’7″ DeForest Buckner, and 6’9″ Stetzon Bair on the D-line
courtesy Amazing Moments Photography

As the 2013 off-season grinds along, it’s high-time to take a look at how the Ducks spring roster stacks up against 24 other programs in the country.  After all, the 2012 Fiesta Bowl champion Oregon Ducks were among the very largest in the country a season ago, but has that changed?  For reference, this list is assembled using roster data from ESPN.com, Foxsports.com, and identifying a “large” player as an individual 6’5″ or taller and/or 300 pounds or more.  The numbers represent the total number of large players on the teams’ respective roster.

Keep in mind that in virtually all respects a 6’4″ 299-pound player is certainly big, but this list attempts to focus only on the very largest.

It might also be interesting to revisit this topic again when more accurate fall rosters are released.

Here are the numbers as they stand today:

Florida State Seminoles

26

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

26

Oregon Ducks

24

Georgia Bulldogs

24

Nebraska Cornhuskers

24

Alabama Crimson Tide

22

Stanford Cardinal

22

Michigan Wolverines

22

Ohio State Buckeyes

21

Clemson Tigers

21

Virginia Cavaliers

20

Texas Longhorns

20

Oklahoma Sooners

20

Texas A&M Aggies

19

Tennessee Volunteers

18

LSU Tigers

17

Oregon State Beavers

17

West Virginia Mountaineers

16

Northern Illinois Huskies

16

Florida Gators

16

Washington Huskies

14

USC Trojans

14

Arizona State Sun Devils

13

Boise State Broncos

7

UCLA Bruins

6

For the second straight season, Florida State has the highest total number out of the 25 selected schools.  Also, the Ducks again hold their own in a three-way tie for second.

The items that stood out in my eyes were:

- Oregon’s first road opponent, Virginia, is right up there with the very biggest teams in the country with 20 players.

Jim Mora, Jr.

– UCLA, with just six, had the fewest players of the 25 schools that were reviewed.

– Last season’s BCS buster/road kill, Northern Illinois, has the same number of these players as Florida and West Virginia, and more than USC and Arizona State.

 

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Josh White

Josh White

Josh White has been a dedicated Duck fan since the Bill Musgrave days. He has attended (and lost his voice at) virtually every home game and many away games since the late 1980's, including 96 of the current 97 game sellout streak at Autzen Stadium. A Eugene native, Josh works full time in Eugene area real estate, helping people buy and sell residential and commercial properties, and also volunteers with Habitat For Humanity, Kidsports and Food For Lane County. He welcomes your feedback. Twitter: @WhiteHouseJosh Facebook: EugenesBestRealtor

  • maddog48

    The numbers are interesting, particularly in light of the complaints of some Oregon fans that we do not recruit enough “large” players.

    What a lot of fans miss is the point that merely being “large” does not necessarily translate into being talented.

  • Bob in Pasadena

    Thanks, Josh. This flies right in the face of the usual SEC “psychophants” who dismiss the Ducks by looking in the rear view mirror. I have no doubt that the Ducks will eventually take the National Championship — if not this year, then next — and likely the SEC psychos will be wondering wtf happened …..