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Comment 16 Jun 2018

I'm not aware of any restrictions on current student-athletes merely participating/helping out with camps, and provided certain conditions are met, the NCAA actually allows schools to pay student-athletes to work camps as counselors. I'm not sure whether Ruckert was working as a counselor or just helping out in this case, though.

Comment 14 Jun 2018

The new redshirt rule applies to anyone who's eligible for a redshirt, not just freshmen. So yes, Harris could play up to four games and still redshirt, as could anyone else on the team who hasn't redshirted yet, which is why I included a few sophomores here as potential redshirt candidates. I think the new rule actually makes it more likely that we will see non-freshmen redshirt, at least for this year since it's not retroactive.

Comment 13 Jun 2018

Correct, there is no stipulation on when the four games can be played. So a team could hold a freshman out for most of the season, play him at the end of the season and still preserve his four years of eligibility. And I imagine there will be plenty of examples of teams doing exactly that, in large part because there are many freshmen – especially those who aren't early enrollees – who are much more ready to contribute in November and December than they are in September.

Comment 13 Jun 2018

I'm going to make this more clear in the story, but the only restriction is that a player who enrolls in the winter for the upcoming season can't use the exception to play in a postseason game after they arrive, which is really only a concern because of the national championship game, since many schools begin their second semesters before that game. So for example, if Garrett Wilson enrolls in January and Ohio State makes the national championship game, he wouldn't be able to play in that game and still have four seasons of eligibility. I don't think it's realistic to think that a freshman in his first week on campus would be called upon to play in a national championship game, anyways, but there was enough concern about someone exploiting that loophole that specific legislation was added to prevent it.

Since freshman football players typically enroll in the summer before their first seasons, the fall technically isn't their "first term."

Comment 12 Jun 2018

I think that's a fair argument, especially if you factor in what they've gone on to do in the NFL. The 2014 offensive line sticks out in my mind simply because of how great it was during the homestretch of the national championship run, but statistically, the 2013 offensive line was better on paper (more yards per carry, less sacks allowed). Ultimately, both were great offensive lines.