Gentleman Squirrels

June 13th, 2018 at 1:15 PM ^

Good idea. I wonder if this applies to players of previous years as well or just starting this year.

From Michigan's 2018 class who do you all think will get the 4 and bench this year? I could see maybe one or two of the RBs. Definitely corners- Myles Sims and Gemon Green. Joe Milton probably as well.


June 13th, 2018 at 1:18 PM ^

This will be an interesting strategy point going forward.  Do you get guys in against the early cupcakes or do you wait until there is a little more development (or injury need) later in the year?


June 13th, 2018 at 1:20 PM ^

I like this a lot.

Throw your true freshman QB in against cupcakes to start the year for game experience without having to have them have an "injury."


Use Freshmen to fill up depth come November after injuries. Particularly if you've got some that are raw, but unrefined, talent that you can just throw out to rush the QB or whatever.

Mike Damone

June 13th, 2018 at 1:20 PM ^

Quick question - So say a true freshman comes in, develops during the year, and could contribute in some way, even special teams, during the last 3 regular season games and the bowl game.  Can that player still claim a redshirt year if he plays those particular 4 games?

Haven't read the detailed rules - but the article made it sound that way, with no clarifying which 4 games in a season it had to be...


June 13th, 2018 at 1:22 PM ^

This feels a bit like a late-season callup in baseball, which has some strategic value especially late.  It'll be interesting to see how many coaches take advantage of it, since it would (likely) require some roster maintenance late in the year.


June 13th, 2018 at 1:25 PM ^

I like it.

Use guys early in the year in blowouts for more snaps and PT.  Maximize the plays for games early on and spread out games throughout the year, playing in 1 every 3 or so to save bodies if needed for later in the year.


June 13th, 2018 at 1:29 PM ^

So unclear, can they now play 4 games no matter what, or will they still need an injury (real or "real") to get the retroactive redshirt?


June 13th, 2018 at 1:53 PM ^

Good stuff. Now you could potentially get all freshman some game time. It will allow coaches to get a better feel at who can handle more time or who will definitely need a redshirt. Also, freshman who aren't quite ready at the beginning of the season but develop can play down the stretch and/or bowl game can play without burning a year just for a few games.


June 13th, 2018 at 1:55 PM ^

I actually really like this. The ability to get some of these players at least a sampling of in-game experience, even some meaningful snaps if you feel you can use them in such games, would be great for younger players who are probably vying for starting roles in the next year or two. 


June 13th, 2018 at 1:57 PM ^

This rule now mirrors the injury redshirt plan in place. It used to be 3 games on a 10 game schedule, but since they have 12 scheduled games it was bumped up to game #4 if I remember correctly. 

Blue in PA

June 13th, 2018 at 2:04 PM ^

Its not clear, because its an NCAA rule..... but it almost sounds like there needs to be an injury 'or other factor', I suspect that factor can't be "because we don't want to burn a year".


"Division I student-athletes have five years to compete in up to four seasons of competition. The new exception allows football players to preserve a season of competition if, for example, injuries or other factors result in them competing in a small number of games."