Keeping it local
Which college teams in Texas are fielding the most Texans on their roster?
As the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football staff is hard at work putting together the 2014 summer edition of DCTF – which hits shelves on June 20, but you can get early by subscribing – we start to get into the nitty-gritty of all things football.
Of course, that’s part of the reason why we got into this business: we crave the minutiae. Sure, big think-pieces and overarching trends and predictions are fun, but if we had our choice, we’d take a big pile of data over a grander scheme. That’s just how we’re wired, and it lends itself to having a lot of fun doing what we do.
One of the beautiful and often overlooked bits of minutiae is the roster breakdown we do for each of the 12 FBS teams in Texas. We take a look at the spring roster, factor in the newcomers from the signing class, and break down the numbers by position, by class and by hometown.
(Note: as a result, these rosters are huge. Of course, not everyone is suiting up on Saturday, but if you’re on the roster, you’re on the roster, and you matter.)
It’s that last part, the hometown, that’s particularly intriguing to me. Sure, I could tell you fun facts – like that UTSA’s roster will feature as many deep snappers as quarterbacks (3) or that Texas will feature the second-most seniors (33) while SMU will feature the fewest (11) – but this is Texas Football magazine, darn it, and we’re much more interested in which team’s the most Texan!
Now, how do we come up with that? Quite simple: the number of Texans divided by the number of players on the admittedly swollen roster. Call it the Lone Star Quotient – how many of these teams’ players hail from the Lone Star State?
I crunched the data, and here’s what I found.
|Texans||Non-Texans||Total||Lone Star %|
Here’s the best news: all 12 of the FBS teams in Texas will field a roster that is comprised of at least 2/3rds Texans. We’re selfish in that we like to see homegrown talent staying home, and it’s clear that the FBS coaches in Texas are doing a good job filling their baskets with homegrown talent.
Baylor leads all the teams in Texan talent, with an astonishing 90.7% of its roster hailing from the Lone Star State. But it’s by no means a runaway: North Texas, UTSA, Rice and Texas all score better than 85% on the Texan test.
As far as the biggest importers are concerned, SMU is certainly doing a lot of its shopping from outside the borders. June Jones’ favorite place to pluck talent outside of Texas? The West Coast – 10 players from California, and another four from Oregon and three from Washington litter the Ponies’ roster.
UTEP, too, has brought in a lot of talent from elsewhere, including a whopping 13 from California. Now, a lot of that has to do with junior college transfers – California is a JUCO haven – but the fact remains that the Miners are expanding their borders more than others.
All told, of the 1,320 players that figure to be a part of the 12 Texas teams’ rosters, more than 1,000 of them – 1,044 to be exact – hail from Texas. And for us at Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, that makes for even more enjoyable Saturday afternoon viewing.
Greg Tepper is the managing editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.
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