With letter-of-intent day now in the rearview mirror , it’s time to examine how Washington’s scholarship numbers look by class.
I’m going with the players listed as being on scholarship on the final roster of the 2012 season and also listing them by their class year for 2013. I assumed redshirt seasons for Erik Kohler and Jesse Callier, who were each expected to get redshirts for 2012, but not for others, whose cases didn’t seem as obvious.
Here are the numbers by class:
True freshman — 22
Redshirt freshman — 13
Sophomores — 23
Juniors — 23
Seniors — 12
Total — 93
So yes, that total is more than the 85 allowed by the NCAA. One thing to remember, however, is that that number doesn’t officially come into play for UW until September, when school begins.
No doubt, though, the Huskies would like to have a good grip on how they are going to get to that number by August, when fall camp begins.
They are likely assuming a little attrition off the current roster — injured players that don’t make it back, guys who don’t figure to play much who decide to move on, etc. They are also maybe thinking that some of the new signees will enroll later if needed, and maybe thinking also that one or two might not make it academically.
Basically, it looks like UW just played the odds here — most teams have attrition in the off-season — and recruited in a manner to assure it will have a full roster when the 2013 season rolls around.
Exactly how they get to that number isn’t something they are going to share now. But you have assume they know a lot better than those of us on the outside where some of that attrition will come from, and are confident that the numbers won’t be an issue come fall.