What players, coaches and media are saying about redshirting in college football

COMPILED BY BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Modified: August 28, 2010 at 10:32 pm •  Published: August 28, 2010
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Jesse Palmer, ESPN analyst

"Coaches today in the current college football landscape are starting to understand, they have to win now, in order to keep their jobs. Gone are the days when a coach has a long tenure. And juniors and seniors are entitled to playing time, where freshman come in, redshirt and wait their turn. Coaches are realizing they need to win, or they will get fired, or they will get bought out."

Mack Brown, Texas

"It will definitely be midseason before we talk about it. We feel like now with the numbers in college football, and the fact that if they're playing well after their junior year, they very well might go ahead and go to the NFL, so you might as well not redshirt anybody until after the seventh ballgame and it looks like you're going to be okay and they're not going to play."

Nick Saban, Alabama

"We don't really decide early on that we're going to redshirt guys. We coach our guys as much as we can and try to continue to develop them and I think there are a lot of factors that come into whether you redshirt a guy or not. We want to continue to develop players so that if we lose somebody, maybe somebody we thought we may be able to redshirt all of a sudden that guy becomes the next guy that can."

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