SEC coaches, players see positive impacts from new redshirt rule

Rick Henry's 7 pm Sports Block

ATLANTA (WIS) - With the college football season less than 50 days away, coaches will have a few decisions to make regarding who is and isn't ready to play this season.

Just last month, the NCAA passed a rule that changes the eligibility limits for players who redshirt in a season. Previously, players who were given redshirt status could not play in a season without losing that status. The new rule change now allows redshirt players the chance to play in up to four games without losing their redshirt year.

"I love the redshirt. I really do," said Arkansas head coach Chad Morris. I think it shows the development of these young men to where that maybe they're not ready early on, but you continue to keep them in the mix. You keep their interest."

The idea of changing the redshirt rule has been one that coaches have wanted for quite some time. The modification now gives coaches some flexibility in order to see how players perform under the watchful eyes of thousands of fans. It also gives coaches the chance to expand their roster whenever injuries arise. However, the redshirt rule may not just impact the playing status of incoming players."

"We kind of had some preliminary discussions before we broke for the summer," Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead said. "And I think as much as people concentrate on the redshirt rule affecting the incoming freshman, we first started off with looking at our roster and seeing who are the guys on the current roster and who had redshirted and who hadn't."

While the rule has been one that coaches are all excited about, players also believe the rule could have a positive impact on the game and for their development.

"If I could go back, I would have wanted to play those four games," said Mississippi State senior Gerri Green. "I think it adds to your experience and your game. Game speed is faster than practice speed. Some new guys may get a shot, but we won't know until fall camp."

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