OK. This is how I would portion out the 85 scholarships available. Obviously the priority would be to balance out the classes and keep a pipeline of newbies (true frosh), trainees (typically year 2), subs (hopefully years 3, 4, or 5), and starters (hopefully years 3, 4, or 5) in that order. I purposely did not look at our roster or recruiting class to influence my decisions. I kept in mind that we are transitioning to a 4-2-5 on defense and assumed the flexbone formation will continue.

OL-20

WR-6

AB-7

BB-4

QB-5

For a total of 42 on offense

DL-16

LB-10

DB-15

For a total of 41 on offense

That leaves a total of 2 for true special teams impact type players whether punters, kickers, or long snappers.

Now, considering that an average of 17 will be gone due to graduation every spring, and that you need two deep at every position just to put on a scrimmage with ones going against ones and twos going against twos, it is easy to see how things get thin with injuries or unplanned attrition.