NCAA Announces Rule Change For Redshirting: How It Affects Georgia NCAA Announces Rule Change For Redshirting: How It Affects Georgia

NCAA Announces Rule Change For Redshirting: How Does It Affect Georgia?

Kirby Smart smiles at a press conference

NCAA Announces Rule Change For Redshirting: How Does It Affect Georgia?

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NCAA Announces Rule Change For Redshirting: How Does It Affect Georgia?


The NCAA announced that athletes participating in Division I football will now be allowed to play in up to four games per season, while still retaining a year of eligibility.  This means that players will be able to sit out until the back end of the season and play the conference championships and bowl games, or the first four games or nothing else, or four games spread out.

However, the NCAA requires that an athlete complete all four of his eligible seasons within five school years.  The rule is designed to benefit players who get injured early on in a season, but it also allows for youngsters to get playing time.  The rule was announced after discussions at the NCAA’s meetings in Indianapolis this week.

The new rule will go into effect for the 2018-19 football season, which allows Smart and staff to experiment with their top recruiting class.  For instance, Smart can now play newly acquired quarterback Justin Fields for a few games and keep a redshirt on him.

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