Tuesday, June 09, 2009

The Weighting Game

Just how much bigger are today's Columbia football players compared to the squads of the not-so-distant past?

I crunched some numbers from the rosters of significant Lions teams of the last 22 years to find out.

Most of the results were not surprising.

First, let's look at the 1987 team. It was the final winless season for Columbia's varsity during that 44-game losing streak. Every varsity team since 1987 has won at least one game.

In 1987, the average weight of a Lion varsity offensive lineman was 233 pounds. The average defensive lineman was 228 pounds.

The 1994 Lions posted the first winning season for a Columbia varsity team since 1971.

The average varsity offensive lineman on that 1994 team was 258 pounds, the average defensive lineman was 238 pounds.

Not to be mean, but the 2005 Lions were just about the weakest squad I've seen us put together in 22 years.

The average 2005 varsity offensive lineman was 274 pounds and the average defensive lineman was 236 pounds. (I'm not including incoming freshmen, because freshmen were not allowed on the varsity before 1994).

And that brings us to today.

These numbers will change, (and likely go considerably higher), but as of now the average weight of a varsity Lion offensive lineman is 280 pounds and the average defensive lineman is 244 pounds.

So, from 1987, the average weight of our offensive linemen has jumped 20.1% or 47 pounds. The average weight of our defensive linemen is up 7% or 16 pounds.

Bigger is better? Well it doesn't hurt.


At Tue Jun 09, 04:16:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, go back to the mid 60s, when we had 180 pound guards and 210 pound tackles. when w ewon the championship in '61 offensive guard and defensive linebacker Bill Campbell was about 165.

At Tue Jun 09, 08:25:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be an interesting analysis to compare Columbia's weight stats vs the rest of the Ivy's and its "sister" Patriot league competitors...

At Tue Jun 09, 08:18:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we are not a small team

At Tue Jun 09, 08:43:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger friend12 said...

Talking about weight. 1955 to 1976 Columbia was participated in Lightweight / Sprint football which until 1967 had a maximum weight limit of 150 lbs. Today it is 172 lbs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprint_Football is a link to a little history on the Ivys and lightweight football.

Doing some Googling I also found a link to a story about Michigan 150 lb teams http://www.umich.edu/~newsinfo/MT/97/Sum97/mta17j97.html

At Fri Jun 12, 02:38:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would prefer speed over size anytime.


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