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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Examples of redshirt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ibrahim, a redshirt sophomore running back, ranks second on the team in rushing yards with 307 and touchdown runs with six. Edward Lee,, "Winston DeLattiboudere, Mohamed Ibrahim, linked by Baltimore roots, help Minnesota football to historic start," 8 Nov. 2019 Last Sunday, 2020 pro-style gunslinger Griffin Brewster announced his verbal commitment to CSU football as the quarterback could represent the first high school arm to sign with the Rams since redshirt sophomore Justice McCoy did so in 2017. Eddie Herz, The Denver Post, "Georgia quarterback Griffin Brewster verbally commits to CSU Rams football," 6 Nov. 2019 While Adrian Killins blew everyone away with his blazing speed, Otis Anderson showcased his do-everything skill set and Greg McCrae became the breakout star of 2018, the redshirt sophomore running back bided his time. Brian Murphy,, "UCF tailback Bentavious Thompson shines after finally getting chance to carry Knights," 5 Nov. 2019 This season there is a real hope Jones, now classified as a redshirt sophomore, can cement himself in the rotation, giving the Longhorns’ another versatile scorer and 3-point shooter. Nick Moyle,, "NIT won’t be good enough for Shaka Smart, Texas this year," 4 Nov. 2019 The previous staff signed just one high school quarterback in its last three recruiting cycles, and that’s the man who has started all eight games this season — redshirt sophomore Cephus Johnson. Creg Stephenson |, al, "South Alabama football in a bad place, but is there light at the end of the tunnel?," 4 Nov. 2019 Last season, as a redshirt sophomore forward, Boley started all 38 games and averaged 12.4 points and 3.5 rebounds. Pete Martini, USA TODAY, "Five reasons why No. 1 Oregon is the favorite to win the NCAA women's basketball title," 1 Nov. 2019 The redshirt sophomore leads Arizona with 27 receptions, including 20 in the past four games. Michael Lev, azcentral, "5 things to watch as Arizona football plays at Stanford," 25 Oct. 2019 The redshirt sophomore has shown in his limited carries the hard-charging form that made him Newport Harbor High’s all-time leading rusher. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "Cole Kinder is more than just a human victory cigar for UCLA," 21 Oct. 2019

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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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13 Nov 2019

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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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