Redshirts burned today...

Submitted by Section 1 on August 31st, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Wow; I don't think I've ever seen so many Freshman redshirts burned in a Game One.  By my count:

  • Dymonte Thomas
  • Derrick Green
  • Channing Stribling
  • Ben Gedeon
  • Shane Morris
  • De'Veon Smith
  • Delano Hill
  • Csont'e York
  • Jake Butt

There may have been more. 



August 31st, 2013 at 8:58 PM ^

I have no problem with this. The best men will see the field, regardless of age/class. The freshmen, IMO were very impressive in the roles they did have.


August 31st, 2013 at 8:59 PM ^

The only one that really surprises me is York.  Maybe he's doing the best out of the three freshman WRs...or he's just good on special teams.


August 31st, 2013 at 9:43 PM ^

re: York.  We have not much depth - we have the Jackson, Reynolds, Chesson, Dileo and Gallon - and sorta Northfleet.  So if you have 2 injuries this season you are down to 4.  I assume one of the 3 freshman needed to be sacrificed due to this situation. Also we have a truckload of WRs coming.  Next year York and his fellow 2 freshman, Darboh, Chesson, and I assume Drake Harris is going to be pushing for playing time if the Treadwell experience at Ole Miss is any indication.  Harris has 2 freshmen coming with him and behind them is Campbell (assuming he is a WR and not a safety at UM) plus probably 1 more in the 2015 class.  So you can spread them out a bit in terms of when they graduate. 


August 31st, 2013 at 9:00 PM ^

You know, I don't get the sense that any were "burned" in the sense of being needlessly used.  My sense is all were reasonable given depth and skill issues. 

I was thinking about redshirts on Thursday watching the Ole Miss game.  They were playing a lot of true freshmen.  It's just the nature of the game today, I think ... if you have a great freshman talent, use him. 

The key is keeping the recruiting pipeline full, and I think this coaching staff has proven adept at that.

Lucky Socks

August 31st, 2013 at 9:59 PM ^

Basketball is a little more confusing.  You can play early in the season and there's some sort of algorithm of when you actually burn the redshirt (certain point in the season, games played, or something...). Maybe that's why it's a little bit difficult for people to grasp.  


August 31st, 2013 at 9:13 PM ^

using Morris now, and getting some low pressure reps again the next season with two solid years as a starter is...pretty normal and probably good for him. trying to 'save' a kid who is capable of making an impact seems crazy. He looked pretty good today and if he's best #2 right now...a redshirt is wasting him.


September 1st, 2013 at 9:04 AM ^

God forbid, but If that happens this year as we compete for a championship, do you want a Shane who's taking his first snaps in a big game, or a Shane who's had some real game experience?  It could be the difference between a big 10 championship and steak knives.

Mr. Yost

September 1st, 2013 at 10:55 AM ^

...but that is the all-time dumbest rationale. What don't YOU PEOPLE understand? How does mop-up duty vs. CMU's backups get you ready for B1G play? You realize these are the same players that go against MICHIGAN'S 1st team (offense or defense) in practice? So Shane Morris is going to learn more against CMU's 2nd team than he is vs. Countess, Taylor, Avery and T. Gordon?

Magga Saraivah

August 31st, 2013 at 9:00 PM ^

The best guys need to see the field period.  Brady needs to win this year to keep the recruiting momentum going.  We are not yet on an Alabama-type level where we can afford to redshirt superior talent.  Maybe in a few years hopefully.