NCAA tweaks redshirt rules, allows players to preserve eligibility

NCAA tweaks redshirt rules, allows players to preserve eligibility

That's because the NCAA Division I Council passed a rule that players can participate in up to four games in a season without it counting against a season of competition, according to an announcement Wednesday.

"There are two things on the transfer rules, and the first is the notification of transfer going into effect", George said prior to Wednesday's announcement.

The Kentucky coach specifically mentioned the suspension of starting punter Matt Panton late last season for an off-the-field issue, which almost led to United Kingdom having to remove the season-long redshirt from Grant McKinniss.

It will begin this fall, with the 2018 season, wiping away the need for schools to petition the NCAA for a medical redshirt if a player had already played in a game.

Patterson was forced into action after starter Chad Kelly sustained a torn ACL.

With the new rule, Studsrud would have still been considered a freshman in 2015.

For the first time, college football players will be able to participate in part of a season, not miss time due to injury, and still be able to redshirt.

However, this could also be a way for coaches to get talented young players on the field while still preserving that fifth year of eligibility, allowing redshirt players to get game experience against "cupcake" teams or potentially play a factor in bowl games. If he played in one more game, he would not have been eligible for a medical redshirt.

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One spot might be in November non-conference games. "The opportunity to play in a small number of games will ease this decision for coaches and help the student-athlete's development and transition to the college game".

One of the biggest problems coaches and redshirts have faced in the past is keeping athletes motivated while being redshirted. Later that draft night, Murray was very emphatic that he "will be playing football this season". To be a healthy redshirt and have no hope of playing can cause some players to disengage and not stay focused on the process athletically and academically. The rule could allow a player's preparedness to be judged in early-season games or allow a freshman to play late in the year if an injury causes a lack of depth at a position.

"Nowadays, everybody is thinking three-and-out and they're gone", LSU coach Ed Orgeron said.

Ohio State grad transfer Joe Burrow plays lights out and get the majority of snaps as a starting QB. How Taggart plans to use those options remains unknown. The four football games account for 33 percent of the regular season.

Again, it's just a scenario and a speculative example of how a redshirt could be used under the new rule. Players still have five years to complete four seasons of eligibility, but now they won't have to be sidelined for an entire season.

Florida coach Dan Mullen said of the transfer rule change at the SEC meeting: "The players have to express an interest in wanting to transfer, and then that would go and happen".

The previous system required student-athletes wishing to transfer to get permission from their current school before contacting another school, and receiving a post-transfer scholarship offer. Once a name has been entered into the database, other coaches are free to contact the player.

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