Swinney says new redshirt rule is a great opportunity


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Swinney says new redshirt rule is a great opportunity

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney spoke with the media on Tuesday at his annual golf media tournament.

Swinney was asked about the new NCAA redshirt rule that allows any player to play in as many as four games and still be able to qualify for a redshirt.

"I don’t know how much of an advantage it is because everybody has the same opportunity, but I think it’s a great opportunity for us from a developmental standpoint," Swinney said. "For every team (also)...You may have a guy that’s just not ready, but by the end of the year, man, this kid has really developed. He’s been through ‘Power Hour.’ He’s matured. He’s mentally in a different place. Boy, it’s really nice to say - ‘Hey, we’re going to be able to get you in a game here.’

Swinney knows that nothing fires up a young player like getting some real game action.

"The engagement from the redshirt guys will go to another level," he said. "We do a good job - guys that are redshirting, it’s hard, but we have a little plan and we talk about it every fall camp on how we’re going to keep our kids engaged. What’s our plan as a position coach if we’re going to redshirt this guy and what’s your plan weekly to keep him engaged. Just so there’s a steady progression. He doesn’t feel like he’s not a part of it. I think (the new rule) really helps because a guy knows he has a chance to get in the game. You’re still limited what how many guys you can travel with on the road (72)."

This is a real gamechanger as coaches can now throw a rookie into the proverbial fire and see how he handles the situation without risking a year of eligibility.

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