red·​shirt | \ˈred-ˌshərt \

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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Knight, a 2014 Sandburg graduate, was a two-time all-area setter who enters her redshirt junior season at Southern Illinois Edwardsville. Tony Baranek, Daily Southtown, "The blue-and-gold standard: Volleyball standout Rachel Krasowski looking for junior achievement at Sandburg," 12 July 2018 Don’t ask no questions #ShulerGang back home #88 — Adam Shuler (@Adam_goeshard) June 11, 2018 Shuler, who just finished his redshirt sophomore season, is a former 3-star prospect out of Lyman High School in Longwood, Florida, and was the No. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "The Florida Gators added to their defensive line depth with this graduate transfer," 11 June 2018 Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly took heat leading up to the 2017 draft for saying Kizer, who left after his redshirt sophomore season, should have stayed in school., "DeShone Kizer as a first-round pick makes sense: Doug Lesmerises 3rd & Short," 12 May 2018 Johnson said Mack was often the best player in practice during the redshirt season last year required for underclassmen transfers. Michael Casagrande,, "Why Alabama basketball thinks people 'underestimate' next team," 1 May 2018 At this point, Newsome's technically about to enter his redshirt junior season. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's Grant Newsome still aims for fall return to the field," 1 May 2018 Bryan managed just 67 tackles at UF, culminating with a solid redshirt junior season featuring 40 stops, including six for loss. Edgar Thompson,, "Former UF DT Taven Bryan selected by Jacksonville Jaguars with No. 29 pick," 27 Apr. 2018 The summer after his redshirt freshman season, the USC quarterback was already talked about as the future cornerstone of an NFL franchise. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Sam Darnold used smart football's data to learn key lesson on throwing motion," 23 Apr. 2018 His redshirt junior season began with a 93-69 loss at Kentucky on Nov. 13, 2016. Alex Schiffer, kansascity, "'We'd be in a different position:' How Kassius Robertson carried Missouri's season | The Kansas City Star," 2 Mar. 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

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

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