redshirt


red·shirt

noun \ˈred-ˌshərt\

sports : a college athlete who practices with a team but does not play any official games

Full Definition of REDSHIRT

:  a college athlete who is kept out of varsity competition for a year in order to extend eligibility
redshirt verb

Origin of REDSHIRT

from the red jersey commonly worn by such a player in practice scrimmages against the regulars
First Known Use: 1955

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