For the longest of times the NCAA hasn’t embraced change when it comes to the redshirt rule for college football players.
In the past, if a freshman played even one snap, their redshirt eligibility would be burned up.
On Wednesday, the NCAA Division I Rule Council announced a major change in this redshirt rule, which will now be favorable to freshmen and their programs.
Starting in 2018, freshmen can play up to four games without burning their redshirt eligibility.
In a statement, University of Miami (Florida) athletic director, council chair, Blake James said “This change promotes not only fairness for college athletes, but also their health and well-being. Redshirt football student-athletes are more likely to remain engaged with the team, and starters will be less likely to feel pressure to play through injuries.

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