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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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 DiVincenzo also saw time for that team as a true freshman, playing eight games before he was knocked out in December with a bone fracture in his foot, causing him to take a medical redshirt. Christopher L. Gasper,, "Villanova has found the Wright way to win an NCAA title," 3 Apr. 2018 Sophomore offensive lineman Marshal Nathe is retiring from football due to a back injury and will receive a medical redshirt. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "New ASU football offensive assistants bring head coaching experience," 27 Mar. 2018 The Cougars are unproven at running back behind James Williams and Borghi, so Thomas could take on a Keith Harrington-like role in 2019 — or use his redshirt and slide in next to Borghi as a secondary tailback in 2020. 4. Theo Lawson, The Seattle Times, "NCAA early signing day: These five WSU recruits could make an instant impact for the Cougars," 17 Dec. 2018 His older brother Tanner is a redshirt freshman linebacker at MSU. Perry A. Farrell, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football recruiting: Tate Hallock eyeing safety," 25 June 2018 Redshirt sophomore Matt Fink, redshirt freshman Jack Sears, and true freshman J.T. Daniels will all compete for the job. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "Texas releases kickoff times for four football games," 31 May 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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The first known use of redshirt was in 1955

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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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