In reflecting on Mergz’ post linked below, I’ve become intrigued by the different approaches Urban Meyer and Mark Richt have taken as to redshirting incoming freshman.
Here’s a quote from Coach Meyer about that subject:
“We’ve taken a new attitude. Every freshman, in my opinion, will play next year. Obviously, that won’t happen, but we’re taking that approach. It used to be more, ‘We’d like to save this guy.’ I’ve learned my lesson, and that’s over. Everybody’s playing. We’re going to let you go play and we’ll worry about your fourth year down the road. If it’s in the best interest of the young player, we’ll hold him and redshirt him, but we’re going to play him.”
Compare that with something Richt said last year:
… Georgia coach Mark Richt says redshirting the players has preserved the team’s future. “The assistant coaches were wanting to let some of these guys play and allow them to work on special teams and get reps and that kind of thing,” Richt said. “I tried to look at the big picture and see if we could hold off from doing it. There are certainly guys that could be helping us right now, there is no doubt.”
Obviously, neither of these guys is an absolutist about this. But it’s clear they don’t share the same sense of priorities about redshirting, either. It will be interesting to see how that plays out over the next few years.
Richt redshirted eighteen members of perhaps his best recruiting class last year, by the way…