Just a few things that I did in my spare time over the last few weeks.
I am going to start off with Pitt roster management. At this time, I believe Pitt currently stands with 88 “potential” scholarship players on the roster. The problem is that the NCAA scholarship limit is set at 85 including Super Seniors (SS).
My 89 number consists of returning or incoming recruits.
- 2022 recruits – 12
- 2021 recruits – 22 (signed 23)
- 2020 recruits – 15 (signed 18)
- 2019 recruits – 15 (signed 19)
- 2018 recruits – 12 (signed 20)
That is 76 recruits. To that we need to add the announced new SS’s from the 2017 class. Those are OLinemen – Warren, Houy, and Drexel.
That brings the number to 79. But that does not include 2017 recruits Deslin Alexander and Grant Carrigan. I cannot find any announcement one or the other on their future at Pitt.
Pitt is now at 81 scholarships if Alexander and Carrigan return. (That is why I am using the ‘potential”.)
To that we add the returning or new transfer portal (TP) entries – Yellen, Minor, Devonshire, Jacoby, Slovis, Dowell, and Mumpfield. Those seven TP additions brings Pitt’s potential roster to 88 (76 recruits, three 2017 announced SS’s, two potential additional SS’s, and seven TP entries).
Pittsburgh Sports Now says Pitt scholarship count stands at 89. Maybe I am missing a walk-on who was awarded a scholarship. One more thing to add to my tracking for the future.
Pitt will make the 85-man roster limit, but some current eligible players will be leaving.
My next odds and ends may rip the bandage off the wound caused by Kenny Pickett opting out of the Peach Bowl. I understand Kenny’s decision and support it.
But this is not an opinion piece but tracks the potential first round 2022 NFL draftees and their decision to play or opt out. It will put some data behind just how many first rounders opted out of a bowl.
I got this inspiration from one of two links that Reed provided not in an article but in a comment. That link was a list of potential NFL first rounders by three different CBS draft “experts”. Ninety-six names in total but lots of triplicate and duplicates names. In total, those CBS experts identified 42 individual names. The following is a what happened to those names.
I think the headings on the charts to follow are apparent except for the “Key” heading. To make number crunching/sorting easier, I separated the names into four groups. Here is the key to the “Key” heading.
The below charts will show the total number of players in that group and the percentage of that group to the total number (42).
This group is playing in the CFP. Not surprised that no one opted out.
This group are those players whose team where not bowl eligible. They did not have to decide on opting out. IMO, only the FCS player would have played if Northern Iowa made the 24 team FCS playoff.
This group are either the quitters or business decision makers. They decided to opt out. The traditional New Year Six bowl games plus the other two bowls (Outback, Citrus) played on January first are highlighted.
The group that played for God,
Country School, and King Fans. I could find nothing on Hall (Houston) and Kinnard (Kentucky). Hall a D-lineman had no stats. Kinnard (Kentucky) is a O-lineman. Stingley had a season ending injury back in September. Ekwomu (NC State) did not opt out but the Holiday Bowl was cancelled.
Hope you enjoyed a fraction of what I did over the Holidays. It wasn’t difficult to gather the opt out bowl data. Maybe I’ll expand it to include the second-round next year if warranted and I can find a projected second round from a reliable (CBS, ESPN, etc.) site(s). BTW, I also did a projected final top 25, but I am just a dilettante sportswriter.