The conversation to modify the redshirt restrictions in college football is gaining more momentum after the ACC submitted a proposal to change the policy that would benefit the players and teams.
According to a report from The Athletic, if the proposal were approved, it would allow any player to play in any four games in a given season, and the player would still have the ability to retain a redshirt for that particular season.
Under the current redshirt policy, a freshman becomes ineligible to declare for a redshirt year if he plays after a team’s first four games of the season.
The report also indicated that the American Football Coaches Association already supports the proposal, and that the change to the redshirt policy could go into effect in the 2018 season. However, it would not be retroactive.
If the proposal passes, the adjusted rule would allow younger players the opportunity to play later in the season without wasting a redshirt year. This could prove to be a great benefit to the teams as well late in the season when players start to get injured and the teams need help filling out their depth.