Where have you been the last 2.5 years? The team has been hemorrhaging players left and right.
We have only 69 of 85 scholarship players?
when it is put in front of you is startling.
Yeah, this is not at all surprising.
This is more of a side note:
Some scholarships have gone out to non-recruits like Sheridan, kickers, longsnappers (not sure if we have any of these left). The 69 he touts is just players signed via the highly publicized recruiting method. Not that the 2-4 scholarships really affect the gap too much. Twelve to fourteen players is still a considerable gap.
Players like Leach, Kovacs, Heininger, Pomarico, Tony Johnson, North, etc. have scholarships. They're just not guaranteed to be paid for from year to year.
Interestingly, the number of scholarships the football program gives out has an impact on early enrollees. Let's say Michigan has 85 scholarships but only 69 scholarship players. If they give those other 16 scholarships to "walk-ons" (like Leach, Kennedy, Zac Johnson, etc.), then there are no scholarships left for guys who graduate early like Marvin Robinson, Ricardo Miller, etc. So the program kind of walks a fine line between giving out scholarships to kids who deserve it (like Leach) and reserving enough scholarships for any kids who enroll in January.
How do those walk-on scholarships work? Are they given out for the entire academic year or is it a semester by semester thing (in which case there would be some room to maneuver with respect to early enrollees)?
However you want it to work. You can even give out partial scholarhips down to 1/10 of a scholarship.
All scholarships must be renewed year-to-year. There is no difference between the one Leach has and the one Forcier has, other than that it is a given that Tate's will be renewed. When players are offered a scholarship while in high school, the understanding is that it will automatically be renewed each year (except possibly the fifth). That guarantee normally isn't offered to former walk-ons.
The scholarships are year-to-year, which is why, for example, a Kevin Leach "fall scholarship" can't then be turned into a Ricardo Miller "winter scholarship."
Or position ourselves for an uncapped 2010.