I noticed a previous thread and thought I would give a reason as to why we might see a significantly less amount of red shirting in the future.
With the rookie salary cap, an NFL players 2nd contract will be the money maker for those guys. Ergo, college guys are going to want to get to the NFL ASAP so they can get to that 2nd contract ASAP.
Mind you, I'm not saying every player of course, I'm just stating that the bigger time players will try to make cases for themselves and the coaches to get on the field to prove themselves. I think the guys that get on the field as true FR will bail after 3 years in most cases and RS JR's will usually bail as well as opposed to staying for a 5th year. I think we will see less and less 5th year guys in the future.
So, if that does start to be the trend, then I say let a FR play if he's good enough and not worry about a senior year that may never occur, let's get what we can out of these guys ASAP and allow the recruiting cycle to take form and for a school like U-M, keep bringing in those top 5 or top 10 classes, curious to see what everybody thinks.