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Jimbo Fisher thinks five years of eligibility would reduce injuries

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Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher offered up a new take on how to reduce injuries at the college level: By offering players five years of eligibility, instead of giving them five years to complete four years of eligibility.

Via USA Today’s Dan Wolken:

Fisher thinks if players were given five seasons of eligibility, it would serve two purposes: Help younger players develop and reduce the pounding veteran players take, particularly with a season that has increased to 12 regular season games and a College Football Playoff that will require a national champion to play two physically demanding games in a two-week span.

“(A freshman) isn’t ready at the beginning of the year, but you have to make that decision (to redshirt) by Game 5 or 6,” Fisher said. “Maybe by games by eight, nine or 10 he’s developed himself to go in there and give you 10, 12, 14 plays a game.

“At the end of that season when those freshmen are ready to play and can help you on special teams or get 10 reps a game, it takes the pressure off a guy who’s banged up and bruised up. The longer you go in these seasons, the more you have to look at those things as a health issue.”

There’s more to Fisher’s argument in Wolken’s story, so give it a read. But perhaps it does stand to reason that if coaches weren’t worried about burning a player’s redshirt, they could play a freshman when he’s ready, not when it makes sense.

Of course, this is easy for Fisher to say — the FSU coach routinely brings in top-ranked recruiting classes and has plenty of talented freshmen at his disposal. It’s gotta be a lot easier to get an athletically and physically-gifted five-star freshman ready to play than a lot of the two-star types that go to mid and lower-tier schools, even in power conferences.

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8 Responses to “Jimbo Fisher thinks five years of eligibility would reduce injuries”
  1. rolltide510 says: May 13, 2014 11:32 AM

    Well Jimbo, another thing you can do is just not redshirt the freshmen who might play, while accepting that they’re not going to play very much because they’re freshmen providing depth.

    Anything else I can help you with today, coach?

  2. goodfieldnohit says: May 13, 2014 12:06 PM

    be scrong den

  3. mauldawg says: May 13, 2014 12:50 PM

    JF you need to worry about your thug QB.

  4. kansacity88 says: May 13, 2014 1:12 PM

    LMAO @ goodfieldnohit

  5. normtide says: May 13, 2014 1:35 PM

    Goodfield, hilarious! Haven’t laughed at a post here that hard in a long time.

    I kind of like this idea. The really great players will leave after three years anyway. This would help the others become more NFL ready.

  6. musketmaniac says: May 13, 2014 3:30 PM

    Sounds like Jimbo is talking `Factory`. Byu had their quarterbacks, Nebraska had their offensive linemen. PSU and linebackers. And now Jimbo wants to mass produce arrogant punks. Love the vision Jimbo, good luck!!!

  7. 700levelvet says: May 13, 2014 8:26 PM

    College coaches are like Investment bankers… They act as if they care, but they don’t . Extensions are their commissions .. Simple as that

  8. manik56 says: May 15, 2014 12:03 AM

    85 scholerships over 5 years??? Just imagine all the oversigning the SEC could do then!

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