The NCAA announced a change in their rules governing redshirts in football. Starting in 2018, players can now appear in up to four games without using up a season of eligibility.
This is quite a change. The long-standing redshirt rule held that any game appearance at any point in the season counted against the player’s four years of eligibility. Players will still have five years in which to play their four seasons of football under the new rule.
However, this rule is fresh with the new season of football in the fall; it will not be applied retroactively and any player who has already made a game appearance will be governed by the old redshirt rules.
There are several benefits to the new rule moving forward.
Primarily, young players will have more of a chance to see the field in meaningless games or in blowouts.

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