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Dumb NCAA football question

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by finishthehat, Oct 26, 2006.

  1. finishthehat

    finishthehat Active Member

    In the UCLA-ND game, both the starting defensive end (who was killing the Irish) and the punter had number 17.

    I know college rosters are so huge that some numbers might be duplicated, but I always thought the second guy would be some freshman who'd never see the field. I can't say I've noticed two starters with the same number before.

    Is it common? Does UCLA have to report it before the game or risk a penalty, kind of like when an offensive lineman reports in as an eligible receiver on short-yardage situations?
  2. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    It's a lot more common than it should be. There's at least one BCS school down here that's known for having starters on both sides of the ball wearing the same number.
  3. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    USC QB John Booty and linebacker Brian Cushing both wear No. 10

    Apparently, the NCAA allows it as long as the two aren't on the field at the same time.
  4. Freelance Hack

    Freelance Hack Active Member

    Louisville's backup quarterback and a starting CB both wear No. 14.
  5. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    The team I'm thinking about has had guys with the same number on their kickoff team. The NCAA may not allow it but officials do a shitty job of enforcing it.
  6. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Duplicity has become a big thing because schools promise players they can wear certain numbers during recruitment, even though the number is alread assigned.

    Washington has done it for years and years, and other schools are following suit. It really causes confusion on the stat crew.

    There's no excuse for it. There are plenty of numbers to go around, even at schools that have retired some. Most schools can dress only 60 or 65 for conference road games, and seldom do more than 50 or 60 play in a particular game.

    No conference will ban duplicate numbers individually, because it will perceive a recruiting disadvantage. This will have to come from the NCAA.
  7. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    Several online sites had the wrong person kicking PATs for LSU in its victory over Arizona State in 2005 because of a situation like this. Of course, shame on the lazy person who didn't look at a roster, see two players with the same number -- one of whom played defense and returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown -- and question the SID. Or, you know, look at the flip chart for the names and jersey numbers of the specialists.
  8. FishHack76

    FishHack76 Active Member

    The Nebraska quarterback Taylor and linebacker Corey McKeon both wear No. 13, I believe.
  9. broadway joe

    broadway joe Guest

    Cal running back Marshawn Lynch and their best linebacker, Desmond Bishop, both wear #10.
  10. HoopsMcCann

    HoopsMcCann Active Member

    last year the team i covered had a punter and defensive player wearing the same number. the defensive player was then put on the punt team, and he'd put on a different jersey for when he was on punt team and then take it off for defense. seemed pretty stupid to me
  11. MU_was_not_so_hard

    MU_was_not_so_hard Active Member

    There are no dumb questions, only dumb coaches.
  12. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

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