Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Health, Physical Education and Recreation

First Advisor

Dr. Richard Latin


The purpose of this study was to compare select physical fitness and performance variables between Division I and Division II football players and determine if there is a significant difference in the performance variables of the athletes at these levels. The subjects included offensive and defensive starters, excluding kickers and punters, from 26 NCAA Division I teams and 23 NCAA Division II teams. Offensive players were divided into the following positions: quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, and offensive line. The defensive players were divided into the following positions: defensive line, linebackers, and defensive backs. Division I athletes were superior in 58 of the 117 independent t-tests analyzed in this study (p<.01). This study found Division II athletes were not superior in any of the t-tests. The greatest similarity between the two divisions was found in height and weight. Of the nine position groups compared for each of these variables, only two showed significant differences.


A Thesis Presented to The School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation And the Graduate Faculty of the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for The Degree of Master of Science University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 2001, Marcus Garstecki