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Kevin Harrish


Columbus, Ohio/Atlanta Georgia

Member since 26 November 2013 | Blog

I'm a 17th grader here at The Ohio State University. I'll graduate someday, but until then I'll keep doing college things.

I started writing a blog I made myself that a maximum of 10 people read. But I did the best I could for those 10 readers, and one of them happened to be Ramzy Nasrallah (there's a lesson here: don't suck even when you're sure nobody will know if you do). Oddly enough, he liked what he read and so did the rest of the staff. So here I am.

If you ever see what looks like a balding 15 year old wearing a homemade Chic Harley jersey on a game day, come say hey. I've got stickers.

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: Blasting Mike Jones' "Mr. Jones" in the parking lot outside of Jerry World before the 2014 National Championship Game, knowing EXACTLY what was about to happen.
  • NFL TEAM: Bengals
  • NHL TEAM: Thrashers (undefeated since 2011)
  • NBA TEAM: Cavs
  • MLB TEAM: Reds

Recent Activity

Comment 18 Jun 2018

I don't exactly know what point you're making, but of those eight players you mentioned, four weren't even starters during their fifth year (and two of those didn't even stay with the team the entire season), Braxton Miller doesn't fit the bill because the only reason he redshirted was due to injury, Bryce Haynes was a long snapper, and the other two were offensive linemen (which make sense to redshirt, as I mentioned in the article).

Comment 18 Jun 2018

I think it could potentially help bigger schools as well because it's much easier to realistically tell an incoming freshman that he will definitely see the field and have a chance to show what he can do as a true freshman. It's taught to realistically tell a kid that when you have a roster as loaded as Ohio State. It's not just "You'll have a chance to earn playing time in practice," but "You'll have a shot during the first four games."

Comment 18 Jun 2018

Perhaps it wasn't clear enough, but I think maybe you're misreading what I said.

The larger issue is the players who redshirt and are never quite good enough to crack the starting lineup.

I wasn't stating a general belief that players who redshirt their first year aren't good enough to play after that, because that's just incorrect and inconsistent, as you noted. I was referring to the specific players who redshirt their first year and then aren't good enough to crack the starting lineup in their remaining four.

Comment 18 Jun 2018

Yes I completely understand that, and I tried to address that point in the rest of the article:

"That's a problem, but it's not the largest problem caused by excessive redshirts because most of those players were buried on the roster anyway and it's not like the Buckeyes didn't have talent in front of them and desperately needed their contributions."

And then there are the project players who aren't ready to play immediately, but have incredibly high ceilings – players like Lee, or Tyvis Powell. 

I get that rotating them in may not be possible, but the larger point is that those guys are either going to blossom like you hope they will and be gone in four years or less, or they aren't and you'll want their roster spot for a highly-touted recruit. Either way, you may as well play them, even if it's on special teams or something. Because that's at least some live game experience. 

Comment 18 Jun 2018

Oh, he’s said that exact quote many times throughout his coaching career to the point where I thought it was common knowledge, hence why I didn’t really address it aside from short title. He said it at Florida, and he’s said it here, quite a few times. The point of the article wasn’t that he said that, because that’s not new information. I was just pointing out that the new redshirt rules might test that mentality.

Obviously, that doesn't mean players won't redshirt, but what he's getting at is they don't intentionally do it, they just don't play the players that aren't good enough to play.

Here are a couple of quotes:

  • "We don’t use that term around here because you don’t redshirt. If you’re not good enough, you don’t play. And we certainly don’t ‘save’ guys, but we don’t want to be ignorant either." (Bucknuts 2013)
  • "We don't redshirt here at Ohio State. We're changing that up. We're going to have the culture out here that there's no redshirting. If you don't play here, it's because you're not good enough. It's not because we're holding you back. We're going to recruit the kind of player where we want them on the field right now. That's the approach we took at Florida, and it's the approach we're going to take here." (ESPN 2012)