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Pacific 10 Makes Grade

October 02, 2005|Dan Loumena

The Pacific 10 Conference and, not too surprisingly, Stanford proved to have football players with above average intelligence, according to the Wonderlic Personnel Test.

The Wall Street Journal reviewed Wonderlic data of NFL prospects from major football-playing universities. The exam has been given to millions of job seekers in dozens of fields. The average score is 21.

Stanford topped the charts with an average of 28.8 for its 21 prospects. That average is on par with chemists and engineers.

Purdue (25.3 average), Brigham Young (25.2), California (25.2) and UCLA (24) rounded out the top five. Oregon at sixth and Oregon State at ninth gave the Pac-10 the most schools in the top 10.

Top-ranked USC? It's No. 21 on the list at 20.3.

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The average scores, with number of players tested in parentheses, and graduation rates of players who took the Wonderlic test in the last seven years:

*--* Rk Team Avg (No.) Pct 1 Stanford 28.8 (21) 85 2 Purdue 25.3 (21) 63 3 Brigham Young 25.2 (29) 19 3 California 25.2 (22) 48 5 UCLA 24 (21) 55 6 Oregon 23.5 (22) 68 7 Wisconsin 23.2 (29) 56 8 Iowa 23 (33) 58 9 Oregon State 22.8 (21) 44 10 Nebraska 22.6 (34) 63 11 Notre Dame 22.5 (36) 77 12 Boston College 22 (22) 78 13 Colorado 21.8 (29) 43 14 Michigan 21.7 (36) 57 15 Virginia 21.5 (24) 75 16 Texas A&M 21 (31) 50 17 Florida 20.8 (44) 42 17 Ohio State 20.8 (43) 52 19 Penn State 20.7 (26) 74 19 Virginia Tech 20.7 (29) 58 21 USC 20.3 (30) 58 21 West Virginia 20.3 (25) 46 23 Arizona State 20.2 (30) 44 24 Kansas State 19.8 (34) 61 24 Georgia 19.8 (39) 53 26 Texas 19.7 (28) 34 27 North Carolina St. 19.6 (21) 42 28 Florida State 19.4 (47) 49 29 Oklahoma 19 (343) 40 30 North Carolina 18.9 (24) 53 31 Arkansas 18.6 (27) 35 32 Auburn 18.5 (28) 48 32 Louisiana State 18.5 (31) 42 34 Clemson 18.3 (21) 51 35 Alabama 18.2 (28) 49 36 South Carolina 17.9 (21) 54 37 Tennessee 17.7 (46) 38 38 Michigan State 16.6 (28) 41 39 Miami 16.3 (40) 57 Wall Street Journal

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