Interactive: The 2015 NCAA Football Concussion Map

by @TimBella September 2, 2015 6:30PM ET Updated December 31, 2015 12:30PM ET

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Major college football is coming off its first season of the College Football Playoff, which reaped Football Bowl Subdivision schools more than $408 million and their highest ratings in history. But the first organized playoff has not overshadowed ongoing questions concerning safety in college football, namely head injuries.

Since 2013, the America Tonight Concussion Map has pinpointed 335 publicly reported concussions in major college football – an average of less than two per school.

Nine percent of players in the 335 instances are now on NFL rosters. This comes as concussion-related headlines continue to flood college football news. For every diagnosed concussion, college football players report having 21 “dings” and six suspected concussions, according to an October 2014 joint study from Harvard University and Boston University. There’s new over the ongoing NCAA’s concussion lawsuit, as the lead plaintiff, Adrian Arrington, says he did not agree to the preliminary $70 million settlement. University of Virginia researchers, citing the NCAA’s lack of data on concussions, are pushing for more restrictions on football practices. The NCAA, however, is responding by partnering with the Department of Defense on a three-year, $30 million project, which will track the concussion effects among almost 37,000 student-athletes.

Continuing our coverage from the 2014 and 2013 seasons, America Tonight will track all reported concussions in major college football this season. This map marks each reported player concussion, as well as conference breakdowns of concussions. The map will be updated every week during the 2015 season (including the preseason).

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Reported concussions: 166

Updated Dec. 31, 2015

Concussions by top-4 CFP teams

(The numbers listed below represent the FBS programs ranked in the top-4 of the weekly rankings for the College Football Playoff as of Dec. 6, 2015.)

Dec. 6 - FINAL

1. Clemson, 0

2. Alabama, 1

3. Michigan State, 1

4. Oklahoma, 1

Dec. 1

1. Clemson, 0

2. Alabama, 1

3. Oklahoma, 1

4. Iowa, 0

Nov. 24

1. Clemson, 0

2. Alabama, 1

3. Oklahoma, 1

4. Iowa, 0

Nov. 17

1. Clemson, 0

2. Alabama, 1

3. Ohio State, 0

4. Notre Dame, 1

Nov. 10

1. Clemson, 0

2. Alabama, 1

3. Ohio State, 0

4. Notre Dame, 1

Nov. 3

1. Clemson, 0

2. LSU, 0

3. Ohio State, 0

4. Alabama, 1

Concussions by conference

Sources: individual team injury reports,, USA Today, ESPN Stats & Information, media reports

(The numbers listed below represent a conference-by-conference breakdown of all reported concussions for Football Bowl Subdivision programs as of Dec. 31, 2015. Players are listed in alphabetical order.)

* out for season or retired due to concussions

1. ACC, 27

-Reggie Bonnafon, quarterback, Louisville

-Nick Brigham, offensive lineman, Georgia Tech*

-Joe Brown, offensive lineman, Miami

-Zach Dancel, defensive back, Wake Forest

-Duke Ejiofor, defensive lineman, Wake Forest

-Everett Golson, quarterback, Florida State

-Jermaine Grace, linebacker, Miami

-Beau Hankins, linebacker, Georgia Tech*

-Ja'Vonn Harrison, wide receiver, Florida State

-Tyler Hunter, defensive back, Florida State

-Ryan Janvion, defensive back, Wake Forest

-Brad Kaaya, quarterback, Miami

-Kevin Kavalec, defensive lineman, Boston College

-Bryce Kennedy, offensive lineman, NC State

-Jeremy Kerr, tight end, Florida State

-Nile Lawrence-Stample, defensive lineman, Florida State

-Marcus Lewis, defensive back, Florida State

-Christian Lezzer, defensive back, Boston College*

-AJ Long, quarterback, Syracuse*

-Chad Mavety, offensive lineman, Florida State

-Cole Minshew, offensive lineman, Florida State

-Demetrious Nicholson, defensive back, Virginia

-Albert Reid, running back, Virginia

-Tyler Rouse, running back, Boston College

-Jeff Smith, quarterback, Boston College

-Freddie Stevenson, fullback, Florida State

-Connor Wingo-Reeves, fullback, Virginia

2. Mountain West, 24

-DeAndre Elliott, defensive back, Colorado State

-Marcus Epps, defensive back, Wyoming

-Tristan Eickbush, defensive back, Wyoming*

-Jake Fely, linebacker, San Diego State

-Tanner Gentry, wide receiver, Wyoming

-Siaosi Hala'api'api, defensive lineman, Wyoming

-Josh Harshman, tight end, Wyoming

-Kaden Jackson, offensive lineman, Wyoming

-Terry Jackson, defensive lineman, Colorado State

-C.J. Jennings, defensive back, Wyoming

-Jarid Joseph, defensive back, Nevada

-Adam Khouri, offensive lineman, Nevada*

-Taylor Knestis, offensive lineman, Wyoming

-Jared Leaf, linebacker, San Jose State*

-Robert Priester, defensive back, Wyoming

-Jimmy Pruitt, defensive back, San Jose State

-Charlie Renfree, offensive lineman, Wyoming

-Kiel Robinson, linebacker, Colorado State

-Christian Tago, linebacker, San Jose State

-Darian Thompson, defensive back, Boise State

-Johnny Vizcaino, offensive lineman, New Mexico*

-Lucas Wacha, linebacker, Wyoming

-Shaun Wick, running back, Wyoming

-Keyan Williams, wide receiver, Fresno State

T-3. Big Ten, 23

-Hayden Biegel, offensive lineman, Wisconsin

-David Blough, quarterback, Purdue

-Jalen Brooks, linebacker, Maryland

-Josh Campion, offensive lineman, Minnesota

-Michael Caputo, defensive back, Wisconsin

-Nick Connelly, offensive lineman, Minnesota

-Alex Erickson, wide receiver, Wisconsin

-David Hedelin, offensive lineman, Purdue

-Darian Hicks, defensive back, Michigan State*

-Ra'Zahn Howard, defensive lineman, Purdue

-Antonio Johnson, defensive back, Minnesota

-David Knevel, offensive lineman, Nebraska

-Jourdan Lewis, defensive back, Michigan

-Brandon Lingen, tight end, Minnesota

-Reggie Love, wide receiver, Wisconsin

-Jack Miller, offensive lineman, Michigan*

-Caleb Rowe, quarterback, Maryland

-Joel Stave, quarterback, Wisconsin

-Ke'Shawn Vaughn, running back, Illinois

-Tyler White, tight end, Illinois

-Walker Williams, offensive lineman, Wisconsin

-Drew Wolitarsky, wide receiver, Minnesota

-Dominique Young, wide receiver, Purdue

T-3. Pac-12, 23

-Jacob Alsadek, offensive lineman, Arizona

-Cade Apsay, quarterback, Colorado

-Budda Baker, defensive back, Washington

-Orlando Bradford, running back, Arizona

-Luca Bruno, defensive lineman, Arizona

-Treston Decoud, defensive back, Oregon State

-Cam Denson, defensive back, Arizona

-Isaac Dotson, defensive back, Washington State

-Luke Falk, quarterback, Washington State

-Devin Fuller, wide receiver, UCLA

-Carter Hehr, defensive back, Arizona

-David Henry, linebacker, Oregon State*

-Tellas Jones, defensive back, Arizona

-Gerrad Kough, offensive lineman, Colorado

-Sam Kronshage, offensive lineman, Colorado

-Jay MacIntyre, wide receiver, Colorado

-Ryan Moeller, defensive back, Colorado

-Anu Solomon, quarterback, Arizona

-Nate Starks, running back, UCLA

-Justin Strong, defensive back, Oregon State

-Chad Wheeler, offensive lineman, USC

-Alex Wood, kicker, USC

-Jeff Worthy, defensive lineman, Arizona

5. Conference USA, 18

-Temi Alaka, wide receiver, Rice

-Blake Bogenschutz, quarterback, UTSA

-Khantrell Burden, linebacker, Florida Atlantic

-Davison Colimon, linebacker, Florida International

-Marquese Dudley-Gordon, defensive back, Florida Atlantic

-Nick England, wide receiver, Old Dominion

-Byers Hickmon, offensive lineman, Florida Atlantic

-Mack Leftwich, quarterback, UTEP

-Alex McGough, quarterback, Florida International

-Wilkenson Myrtil, defensive lineman, Florida International

-Spencer Stanley, offensive lineman, Rice*

-Jake Stewart, linebacker, Florida Atlantic

-Samuel Stewart, running back, Rice

-Dennis Turner, wide receiver, Florida International

-Jay Warren, running back, Florida Atlantic

-David Washington, wide receiver, Old Dominion

-Kalib Woods, wide receiver, Florida Atlantic

-Jalen Young, defensive back, Florida Atlantic

6. SEC, 13

-DeSean Blair, wide receiver, Missouri

-Nigel Bowden, linebacker, Vanderbilt*

-Terry Googer, wide receiver, South Carolina

-Eric Hawkins, wide receiver, Arkansas

-Kendrick Jackson, linebacker, Arkansas

-Ryan Kelly, offensive lineman, Alabama

-Rico McWilliams, defensive back, South Carolina

-Kyler Murray, quarterback, Texas A&M

-Robert Nkemdiche, defensive lineman, Ole Miss

-Steven Scheu, tight end, Vanderbilt

-Kyle Shurmur, quarterback, Vanderbilt

-Roquan Smith, linebacker, Georgia

-Ish Witter, running back, Missouri

7. Big 12, 12

-Rennie Childs, running back, Oklahoma State

-Dondre Daley, wide receiver, Iowa State

-Bobby Hartzog, wide receiver, Kansas

-Jerrod Heard, quarterback, Texas

-Chris Johnson, quarterback, Baylor

-Daje Johnson, running back, Texas

-Baker Mayfield, quarterback, Oklahoma

-Tre' Parmalee, wide receiver, Kansas

-Davion Pierson, defensive lineman, TCU

-Jordan Shelley-Smith, offensive lineman, Kansas

-KaVontae Turpin, wide receiver, TCU

-Charles Walker, defensive lineman, Oklahoma

T-8. American, 9

-Joe Allely, linerbacker, East Carolina

-Richard Allen, defensive back, Tulane

-Mason Denley, offensive lineman, Houston

-Kenneth Farrow, running back, Houston

-Gunner Kiel, quarterback, Cincinnati

-Tanner Lee, quarterback, Tulane

-Ajee Montes, defensive back, SMU*

-Tre Robertson, offensive lineman, East Carolina

-Arturo Uzdavinis, offensive lineman, Tulane

T-8. Independents, 9

-Kourtland Busby, defensive lineman, New Mexico State

-Rodney Butler, linebacker, New Mexico State

-Rhyan England, defensive back, Army

-Xavier Hall, running back, New Mexico State

-Drew James, defensive lineman, New Mexico State

-Josh Jenkins, defensive back, Army*

-Tyler Luatua, tight end, Notre Dame

-Jordan Smith, defensive lineman, Army

-Jaden Wright, defensive back, New Mexico State

10. Sun Belt, 5

-Marcus Caffey, running back, Georgia State

-Kight Dallas, linebacker, Georgia State*

-Grant Horst, offensive lineman, UL-Lafayette

-Chris Prater, defensive lineman, UL-Lafayette

-Emiere Scaife, quarterback, Georgia State

11. Mid-American, 4

-Ernest Calhoun, wide receiver, Kent State

-Jordan Collier, defensive back, Buffalo

-Kyle Pohl, quarterback, Akron

-Jalen Schlachter, offensive lineman, Ball State

Concussions by program

(The numbers listed below represent the FBS programs with the most publicly reported concussions this season as of Dec. 29, 2015.)

1. Wyoming, 12

2. Florida State, 9

3. Arizona, 8

4. Florida Atlantic, 7

5. Wisconsin, 6

Concussions by opponent

(The numbers listed below represent the FBS programs that have been involved in games where a player on the opposing team has suffered a publicly reported concussion as of Dec. 29, 2015.)

T-1. Indiana, 4

T-1. UCLA, 4

T-3. Five schools, 3 (Air Force, Colorado, Colorado State, Iowa, Syracuse)  

Concussions by position

(The numbers listed below represent the positions with the most publicly reported concussions this season as of Dec. 29, 2015.)

1. Defensive back, 35

2. Offensive lineman, 30

3. Quarterback, 23

4. Wide receiver, 20

5. Linebacker, 18

Concussions by state

(The numbers listed below represent the states with the most publicly reported concussions this season as of Dec. 29, 2015.)

1. Florida, 23

2. Texas, 14

3. Wyoming, 12

T-4. Three states, 8 (Arizona, California, Colorado)

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