“This change promotes not only fairness for college athletes, but also their health and well-being. Redshirt football student-athletes are more likely to remain engaged with the team, and starters will be less likely to feel pressure to play through injuries,” Miami (Fla.) athletic director and council chair Blake James said in a statement. “Coaches will appreciate the additional flexibility and ability to give younger players an opportunity to participate in limited competition.”
The NCAA expects the Division I Student-Athlete Experience Committee to study how a similar redshirt rule change could be implemented in other Division I sports.
The council specified that the redshirt rule change does not apply to players who participate in postseason play before or during their first term at their respective University.