DALLAS (FWAA) — As part of its partnership
to promote and raise awareness for the Outland Trophy
and its candidates, graduate students from the College of
Education Sport Management program at the University of Alabama
have developed a rating system for linemen that makes its debut
The Schneider Scale has been created to provide
a relative ranking for line play. The ranking takes into account
both individual and team statistics and results, and then ranks
players while allowing for comparison on both the offensive and
defensive sides of the ball. Created independently by the class
at the University of Alabama, it will be a season-long element by
which linemen can be ranked and in turn considered for the Outland
The Outland Trophy is presented to the nation’s top interior
lineman on offense or defense by the Football Writers Association
of America, and this season a Top 25 in the Schneider Scale will
be released each Thursday. For more information on the Schneider
Scale, please see the attached FAQ.
“The Schneider Scale was created by our student team using statistical
analysis to create a unique ranking system for all of the prospects
for the Outland Trophy on both the offensive and defensive side
of the ball,” said Dr. John Vincent, Professor and Director of the
College of Education Sport Management program. “It is certainly
not perfect but will hopefully provide a foundation for an ongoing
discussion of the best players in college football.”
“For the first time, we will have some statistical basis for
judgment and review of linemen,” said FWAA Executive Director Steve
Richardson. “While the Schneider Scale is but one element to help
us review worthy candidates, it should be fascinating to see the
weekly rankings and see how this type of analysis of line play evolves.”
Following is the Schneider Scale rankings after Week 1 (Weekend
of Sept. 5) of the college football season:
SCHNEIDER SCALE THROUGH
GAMES OF SEPT. 7
|1. Tyler Johnstone, OT, Sr., Oregon
|2. Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, Jr., UCLA
|3. Ryan Kelly, C, R-Sr., Alabama
|4. Parker Ehinger, OG, Sr., Cincinnati
|5. Kenny Clark, DT, Jr., UCLA
|6. Garrett Stafford, OT, Sr., Tulsa
|7. Roderick Johnson, OT, So., Florida State
|t8. Jack Allen, C, Sr., Michigan State
|t8. Jack Conklin, OT, Jr., Michigan State
|t8. Dan Feeney, OG, R-Jr., Indiana
|t11. Spencer Drango, OT, Sr., Baylor
|t11. Greg Pyke, OG, Jr., Georgia
|13. Chris Jones, DT, Jr., Mississippi State
|14. Cam Robinson, OT, So., Alabama
|t15. J.T. Boyd, C, Jr., East Carolina
|t15. Austin Corbett, OT, So., Nevada
|t15. Ike Harris, OT, Sr., East Carolina
|t18. Taylor Decker, OT, Sr., Ohio State
|t18. Pat Elflein, OG, Jr., Ohio State
|20. Anthony Zettel, DT, R-Sr., Penn State
|21. Nick Martin, C, R-Sr., Notre Dame
|t22. Sebastian Tretola, OG, Sr., Arkansas
|t22. Denver Kirkland, OT, Jr., Arkansas
|24. Joe Ostman, DT, Jr., Central Michigan
|25. Matt Skura, C, R-Sr., Duke
SCHNEIDER SCALE FAQ
Why is it called the Schneider Scale?
Schneider Scale is named for Henry Schneider, a graduate student
responsible for statistical analysis on the Outland Trophy team.
The scale was developed by all of the students on the University
of Alabama Outland Trophy team with Schneider responsible for updating
and compiling it on weekly basis throughout the season.
Why do we need such a ranking?
of line play is one of the more difficult elements to judge in the
game of football. The Schneider Scale, through its formula, will
attempt to give more perspective on the most effective linemen in
the college game.
How are the players ranked?
Players are ranked
based upon team and individual statistical categories in an effort
to create an equitable comparison for the offensive and defensive
side of the ball.
Why are offensive and defensive rankings combined?
Both offensive and defensive players are eligible to win the Outland
Trophy. So, it makes sense to include players from both sides of
the ball in one complete ranking.
How much influence does it have on Outland voting?
The Schneider Scale is designed to give media and fans a statistical
basis for judgment of line play. Members of the FWAA who vote on
the award will have access to the rankings as one element for their
assessment of candidates.
Are all interior linemen eligible to be ranked?
Yes. Any player eligible for the Outland Trophy (all offensive linemen
and interior defensive linemen [tackles and nose guards]) will be
assessed in the weekly rankings.
Is strength of schedule/opponents factored in?
No. The scale has been created without the use of external factors
like strength of schedule.
Are the rankings perfect?
Of course not.
Just as with any rankings system, the scale will be assessed for
improvements and to increase accuracy in the years to come.
For more information on the Schneider Scale, contact Ted
Gangi, a representative of the Football Writers Association of
America, at email@example.com.
2015 Schneider Scale rankings
Through games of Sept. 7
Through games of Sept. 12