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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Recent Examples on the Web Ta’Quon Graham and redshirt sophomore Keondre Coburn turned into run-stopping anchors as the Longhorns’ four-man front proved potent under defensive coordinator Chris Ash in his first and only season at Texas. Dallas News, "Texas DL outlook for 2021: Will Longhorns’ unit take the next step after a strong 2020 season?," 19 Feb. 2021 VanSumeren, a redshirt sophomore this past season, spent most of his career in Ann Arbor as a reserve player. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football LB Ben VanSumeren enters NCAA transfer portal after brother decommits," 13 Feb. 2021 Of all his returning players, Burns, a redshirt sophomore from De La Salle, is the one Jewett singled out as most improved a little more than two weeks before the Green Wave’s Feb. 19 opener against UL at Turchin Stadium. G Smith,, "Notebook: Collin Burns a preseason standout for Tulane baseball team," 4 Feb. 2021 Anderson was a redshirt sophomore in 2020 and will have three years of eligibility remaining. Michael Lev, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona football: Jeff Fisch's Wildcats busy on National Signing Day," 3 Feb. 2021 Townsend played in 10 games with nine starts as a redshirt junior last season, totaling 35 tackles, 4½ tackles for loss and two sacks. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, "Incarnate Word rounds out recruiting class as spring season approaches," 3 Feb. 2021 Banks is a 6-foot-4, 305-pound redshirt junior with 33 tackles and a sack in two seasons. Brandon Chase,, "Boston College football welcomes four mid-year transfers," 2 Feb. 2021 The redshirt junior saw action in all ten games this season, as well, which nearly doubles his career total of 11 games coming into the season. Dallas News, "Trio of Texas Tech football players to enter NCAA transfer portal," 26 Jan. 2021 Langham, a redshirt junior, made 28 tackles with two interceptions. G Smith,, "Two departures, three arrivals: Huderson, Langham leave Tulane, three transfers begin classes," 20 Jan. 2021

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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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24 Feb 2021

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“Redshirt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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