when did college football start playing 11-men

by john claborn
(haleyville al. usa )

what year did colleges go to 11 man football

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1880
by: Tex Noel

John...

Thank you for your question.

The 1880 season was the first time 11 players made-up a college football team.

FYI: Here's additional seasons when a set number of players were used:
1869--25 player per side
1873--20 players per side
1876--15 players per side

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