Lets face it. College football is just the NFL’s minor league. Each year that goes by there are more and more junior and sophomore departures. Which begs the question, why even redshirt these star players? I’m not talking about just solid starters that don’t really have an NFL future but more so the stud five star recruits or guys with potential. I think the idea of redshirting potential impact players has fallen by the wayside.
Jonnny Manziel, Knowshon Moreno, and Jameis Winston (likely) are a few examples of guys who redshirted, left as sophomores, and missed an entire season of playing. Kapri Bibbs rushed for 1700+ yards and 31 TDs last season at Colorado State as a redshirt sophomore. He will be in the NFL draft next month… I don’t know if this guy will pan out or not but I bet CSU wishes they got to watch this record setter play for 3 seasons instead of 2.
A lot of these 3 and out studs are easy to see. AJ Green, Clowney, Alec Ogletree, Deandre Hopkins, and Julio Jones were all obviously going to leave after 3 seasons. But it’s the non blue chip prospects with potential like Manziel that get redshirted then dominate for only 2 seasons that make coaches second guess who they redshirt.