Why is PSU's roster so big?


#1

17 players. 12 scholarship players and 5 walk ons.

5 walk ons seems a little bit over the top. Is this actually a lot more common than I’m making it out to be? I thought teams carried around 13 players, since that was the scholarship limit. Most teams just fill up the roster to 13 with walk ons if they don’t have 13 scholarship players.

Comparison (2 random BCS D1 teams):

Missouri: 13 players. I believe all of them are scholarship players.

Washington:
13 players. I believe 10 or 11 are scholarship players.

Usually team don’t carry 5 walk ons unless they are short on scholarship players, which PSU is not. Just something to pass the lengthy off season…


#2

Penn State had only 12 scholarship players this year, leaving room for a scholarhip for Buie for next year. Penn State had 3 walk ons listed on the roster for the fall, Highberger, Kirkpatrick and Silko, and then added two, one of whom is no longer on the team. Oliver was not able to practice for the majority of the season, and when he did he was limited in what he could do. Thus, there were normally 11 scholarship players and 4 walk ons available for practice (barring injuries). This actually seems pretty typical. The walk ons work every bit as hard as the scholarship players, and play an important role in running the scout team at practice. They aren’t going to get any glory, but if you ask any of the coaches and the scholarship players about them, they’ll give them a lot of respect.


#3

Just ot add a bit onto that…

The open scholarship was given to Adam Highberger, for the spring semester only.


#4
[quote="ATS Psu, post:2, topic:988"]Penn State had only 12 scholarship players this year, leaving room for a scholarhip for Buie for next year. Penn State had 3 walk ons listed on the roster for the fall, Highberger, Kirkpatrick and Silko, and then added two, one of whom is no longer on the team. Oliver was not able to practice for the majority of the season, and when he did he was limited in what he could do. Thus, there were normally 11 scholarship players and 4 walk ons available for practice (barring injuries). This actually seems pretty typical. The walk ons work every bit as hard as the scholarship players, and play an important role in running the scout team at practice. They aren't going to get any glory, but if you ask any of the coaches and the scholarship players about them, they'll give them a lot of respect.[/quote]

Just ot add a bit onto that…

The open scholarship was given to Adam Highberger, for the spring semester only.


Just like Leiner got one the year before. Highberger actually hasn’t been your typical walk-on though. He got a considerable amount of playing time this year and played pretty well when he did.

#5
[quote="ATS Psu, post:2, topic:988"]Penn State had only 12 scholarship players this year, leaving room for a scholarhip for Buie for next year. Penn State had 3 walk ons listed on the roster for the fall, Highberger, Kirkpatrick and Silko, and then added two, one of whom is no longer on the team. Oliver was not able to practice for the majority of the season, and when he did he was limited in what he could do. Thus, there were normally 11 scholarship players and 4 walk ons available for practice (barring injuries). This actually seems pretty typical. The walk ons work every bit as hard as the scholarship players, and play an important role in running the scout team at practice. They aren't going to get any glory, but if you ask any of the coaches and the scholarship players about them, they'll give them a lot of respect.[/quote]

Just ot add a bit onto that…

The open scholarship was given to Adam Highberger, for the spring semester only.


Just like Leiner got one the year before. Highberger actually hasn’t been your typical walk-on though. He got a considerable amount of playing time this year and played pretty well when he did.

In addition to being redshirted earlier on in his career. Adam is definitely taking an atypical path for a walk-on.

#6

Ok so that one walk on that isn’t really on the team makes 12 and 4. Minus Oliver is 11 and 4. 15 is a lot different than 17… but its more like 15.5. Oh well.