Redshirt Rule change will help Ohio State Football

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Redshirt Rule change will help Ohio State Football

Terry Johnson

Redshirt Rule change will help Ohio State Football

Terry Johnson explains how the changes to the Redshirt Rule will ultimately benefit Ohio State, especially with recruiting


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The Redshirt Rule will help Ohio State Football

The NCAA has changed the redshirt rule, which will help Ohio State even more when it comes to recruiting.

Don’t get me wrong: Urban Meyer has no trouble bringing in next-level talent year in and year out. He didn’t need any help from anyone – including college football’s governing body – to continue to that.

With that said, expect Ohio State to get even bigger boost in recruiting going forward.

On Wednesday, the NCAA announced a new rule that will allow student-athletes to play in four games without burning a redshirt. Unlike some changes that are eventually phased in, this rule goes into effect this season.

The modification to the redshirt rule is huge for a school like Ohio State that competes for the national championship every year. As we all know from recent history, it’s certainly possible for key players to suffer injuries late in the season.

Thanks to the rule change, coaches don’t have to worry about what’s going to happen in the future. He simply says, “next man, up” and puts the best player in the game.

So, how does this change help the Buckeyes with recruiting?

Simple: it allows Meyer the ability to play everyone right away.

Let’s be honest: no one wants to sit on sidelines all year long. Football players are competitors, which means they want to be on the gridiron competing as often as possible (just ask Joe Burrow).

Given this fact, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that some players choose a school based on how quickly they will see the field, rather than which program is the best fit. I know that I wouldn’t want to practice all season long if I wasn’t going to get to play.

Yet, thanks to rule change, Ohio State doesn’t have to worry about this anymore. All incoming freshman and transfers know that they can step on the field – without penalty – if they are able to earn it in practice. Whether it’s in a non-conference game early in the year or another lopsided victory against TTUN, Meyer has the ability to play everyone and see how they perform against live competition.

It’s hard to argue with those results.

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