Duplicate Numbers

I must be out of touch.  I was unaware that players on the same team do not need to have unique numbers on their jerseys.  I thought it was a given that for any team sport with jersey numbers, the number you wore would be the only one for that team.  (NCAA rules to follow after I show some pictures from the Citrus Bowl)  This bothered me, I spent a quarter looking for the defensive number 7s that I knew I saw.  Why do you need a full roster of more than 99 players (105 players is the NCAA cap)?    Eleven players on the field at a time.  If you want to dress out your red-shirts for whatever reason, fine.  But come on…

You may use 20 players on offense with various personnel packages, you may use 20 players on defense with your goal-line, nickel and dime situations, you may have 20 players on your special teams that aren’t involved in other aspects of the game.  Sixty is a pretty enormous number for a game that takes sixty minutes.  It is for illustrative purposes: the actual number of players seeing any playing time would be less, don’t know if there is a stat or not for this.  Maybe Guiness is handing out records to coaches for the most players to participate in a college football game (I couldn’t find any information on player participation in a football game).

Minnesota defensive back Damarius Travis (7) is shown here from the 2015 Citrus Bowl (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Mitch Leidner #7 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Dennis Kenya #7 of the Missouri Tigers (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Maty Mauk #7 of the Missouri Tigers (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Rule 1, Section 4, Article 2

ARTICLE 2. a. All players shall be numbered 1 through 99. Any number preceded by zero (“0’’) is illegal.
b. No two players of the same team shall participate in the same down wearing identical numbers.

I am aware of the eligibility rules for offensive players (50-79 are typically linemen).  Defense can wear any number.  And then throw in honorary number retirements, fine.  Enough is enough.

Limit the roster to the number of available jersey numbers and play some football.

By the way, Missouri beat Minnesota 33 – 17


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