McNeese State Boasts Largest Football Roster In Louisiana

McNeese State University ranked No. 1 for student football participation in the state, according to a Watchdog analysis of college sports participation.

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education collects athletics data annually from all institutions with intercollegiate athletics programs that receive funding through federal financial aid programs. Data for 2016 – the latest year available – includes more than 2,000 schools nationwide.

McNeese State’s football team consisted of 134 members, the highest student popularity number in Louisiana.

In all, there are 1,388 students playing on 12 college and university football teams in the state.

College football participation rankings

School Division Football team members
1 McNeese State University NCAA Division I-FCS 134
2 University of Louisiana at Lafayette NCAA Division I-FBS 133
3 Louisiana College NCAA Division III with football 130
4 University of Louisiana at Monroe NCAA Division I-FBS 127
5 Northwestern State University of Louisiana NCAA Division I-FCS 123
6 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College NCAA Division I-FBS 120
7 Southeastern Louisiana University NCAA Division I-FCS 115
8 Southern University and A & M College NCAA Division I-FCS 113
9 Nicholls State University NCAA Division I-FCS 110
10 Louisiana Tech University NCAA Division I-FBS 100
11 Tulane University of Louisiana NCAA Division I-FBS 99
12 Grambling State University NCAA Division I-FCS 84

Source: U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

This article was first published by Watchdog News.

Interested in more news from Louisiana? We've got you covered! See More Louisiana News
Previous Article
Next Article

Trending on The Hayride