red·​shirt | \ ˈred-ˌshərt How to pronounce redshirt (audio) \

Definition of redshirt

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

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With Onwuzurike apparently limited, Josiah Bronson and John Clark started on the defensive line, and redshirt freshmen Sam Taimani and Tuli Letuligasenoa both cycled in as well. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Observations from the UW Huskies’ sixth practice of spring football," 12 Apr. 2019 Kirk Lacob, similar to Oakland coach Greg Kampe — who convinced Nunn to transfer to Rochester Hills as a redshirt senior — was satisfied with Nunn's background checks. Chris Nelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Golden State Warriors thoroughly vetted Kendrick Nunn before signing," 30 June 2018 The redshirt senior, who was the top qualifier out of the east preliminaries in Tampa, knew from the starting gun that the race would go out slow. Jake Willard,, "Villanova's Ben Malone and Cheltenham grad John Lewis end NCAA track championship bid," 7 June 2018 Ruffin, ranked as one of the nation's top 150 recruits coming out of Downey High, ran into trouble at USC as a redshirt senior in 2016. Nathan Fenno,, "Former USC linebacker Jabari Ruffin charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon," 11 May 2018 On March 21, the redshirt freshman was named Singles Player of the Week in the Mid-American Conference. Tony Baranek, Daily Southtown, "Baranek: Kris Ortega makes the most of fresh tennis start at Northern Illinois," 28 Mar. 2018 After a redshirt year in 2016, Haskins backed up J.T. Barrett in 2017. Mitch Stacy, The Seattle Times, "Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins declares for NFL draft," 7 Jan. 2019 That would ordinarily be cause for concern, but Cantabene said DeFazio, Harris (South Carroll), Candon, Luke Brown (Boys’ Latin) and Troxell (Westminster) have been granted medical redshirts and will be eligible to return next season. Edward Lee,, "Review & preview: Stevenson men’s lacrosse," 21 June 2018 Polk appeared in three games in 2016, McSorley’s first season as a Nittany Lions starter, before suffering an injury of an undisclosed nature and being given a medical redshirt. Joe Juliano,, "Penn State's Brandon Polk, Trace McSorley build chemistry with Nittany Lions as former high school teammates," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of redshirt

1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for redshirt

from the red jersey commonly worn by such a player in practice scrimmages against the regulars

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English Language Learners Definition of redshirt

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

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