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|
|Notre Dame Fighting Irish|
|Alabama Crimson Tide|
|Ohio State Buckeyes|
|Texas A&M Aggies|
|Oregon State Beavers|
|West Virginia Mountaineers|
|Northern Illinois Huskies|
|Arizona State Sun Devils|
|Boise State Broncos|
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.
– 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.