PULLMAN – Redshirting freshmen – having them sit their first year in exchange for a fifth-year of eligibility – is often considered a sign of a healthy program. After all, it is in effect trading a player’s worst season for his best one.
However, if no true freshmen play then a school probably isn’t recruiting enough high-impact guys. There is no benefit to having a player sit out if he is going to leave for the NFL before his fifth season.
Still, a program should redshirt more players than not, giving young guys a year in the weight room and to adjust to college life.
In Mike Leach’s first season at Washington State, the Cougars played nine true freshmen and won three games. Last season, they played just five first-year players and won six.
We won’t know for sure how many freshmen will play this season until its conclusion, but here are six candidates to play early.
Green is certain to play this season – he’s already listed as the No. 2 H receiver behind Rickey Galvin and will see the field plenty this fall.
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