College Football: Redshirts ready to step up
San Marcos — Numerous factors go into whether or not a coaching staff bestow a redshirt on a true freshman or transfer.
“It’s depth. It’s how ready they are to play. It’s how much will he play,” Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione said. “There’s not a landmark day that you say ‘He’s a redshirt,’ but we met today and you kind of identify some guys that you try to redshirt.”
It’s a tough pill to swallow for those players who the coaches deem aren’t ready to play for the Bobcats in 2011, but all hope is not lost. Even though they can’t play this season, they’ll get an extra year on the practice field and in the weight room that the next signing class doesn’t.
“You can almost always tell the difference between a redshirt freshman and a true freshman,” Franchione said. “Some true freshmen are special in how quickly they pick up things, but for the most part, the redshirt freshman have been through a year and they are looked at to step in where it’s needed.”
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College Football: ‘Cats lose Imade
San Marcos — Injuries are a sport’s cruelest mistress.
Everything could be going so well one moment, and the next, an injury robs an athlete of an entire season.
In football, it’s the way things go and Texas State got hit once again. The Bobcats recently found out they would be without sophomore running back Dexter Imade in 2011.
Imade suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in practice and will require season-ending surgery.
This is the second consecutive season Texas State lost a promising running back in fall camp. Junior running back Marcus Curry ruptured his Achilles tendon in the first fall scrimmage of 2010.
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