With much being made of the impact of having to use young players may have made for the Huskies Saturday against Eastern Washington, I thought this chart the Pac-12 Conference office released this week might be interesting to pass along.
The chart details the true and redshirt freshmen played by each team in the conference last week — there were 69 true freshmen who saw action and 86 redshirt freshmen, or 12.9 total per team, just a little below Washington’s 14.
Here’s the list
Arizona 19 (10 true freshmen, 9 redshirt freshmen)
Washington State 19 (9, 10)
Oregon State 16 (8, 8)
Stanford 16 (4, 12)
Washington 14 (6, 8)
Colorado 13 (6, 5)
Utah 12 (4, 8)
Arizona State 12 (3, 9)
Cal 11 (10, 1)
USC 9 (3, 6)
Oregon 8 (5, 3)
UCLA 8 (1, 7)
Obviously, lots of teams depend on freshmen — kind of a fact of life in college football and maybe more of one these days for some teams with more guys leaving early for the NFL, something coaches 20 years ago didn’t have to worry about.
And not all freshmen are necessarily equal — some are starting (UW started two true freshmen and one redshirt frosh Saturday) and some just see a play or two on special teams.
And playing a blowout, as some of these teams did, allows a coach to empty the bench more, something UW was obviously unable to do (not sure there are any other true frosh who would have played but there’s three or four redshirt frosh who might have).
But as the chart details, UW is hardly alone in using some young players, if using a few more than some.