Even the state's best football players redshirt from time to time
Here's a year-by-year look at some of the state's top recruits who went out of state for college, and their redshirt status in the first year on campus:
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Adam Doiron, Duncan: The Texas signee began his freshman season as a redshirt defensive end, but injuries forced him to move to tackle and he pulled his redshirt in the eighth game of the year. He spent the rest of his career as regular player and spot starter for the Longhorns' defensive line.
Tony Palmer, Midwest City: Palmer signed with Missouri and redshirted his first season before working his way to All-Big 12 status as an offensive lineman. He played two seasons in the NFL.
T.J. Rushing, Pauls Valley: Rushing jumped right into the starting rotation at cornerback for Stanford as a true freshman. He played in 10 games that year with 21 tackles and two interceptions. Over his four-year career, he became one of the top kick returners in Cardinal history. He went on to win a Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts in 2007 and is currently in his fifth NFL season, now with Detroit.
Robert Meachem, Tulsa Washington: Preseason knee surgery led to Meachem redshirting as a freshman at Tennessee. He was the team leader in receptions each of the next three years and turned pro after his junior season. Now in his fourth season with the New Orleans Saints.
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