Last year the NCAA changed up the redshirt rule, allowing college football players to play in up to four games while still retaining a year of eligibility.
The rule has caused a stir around the college football world this week, most notably in Houston where quarterback D’Eriq King and wide receiver Keith Corbin announced they’ll sit for the rest of the 2019 season, giving them a chance to transfer and keep the year of eligibility. Nothing like that is happening on UK’s sideline before the fifth game of the season.
Kentucky will not burn any redshirts today in Columbia. So far only five true freshman have seen action. Linebacker Tra Wilkins, cornerback MJ Devonshire and safety Moses Douglass have only played in one game. Wide receiver DeMarcus Harris saw snaps in the first two games, but has been on the sideline in SEC play. Safety Taj Dodson played in the first three games before suffering an injury against Florida.
Dodson and Devonshire would have burnt their redshirts today if not for injuries. Devonshire suffered a broken wrist. He could play in a cast, but it’s probably not worth it to potentially waste a year of eligibility. Dodson’s status is uncertain, but it is certain that he’ll play in at least two more games before the year concludes.
One other player you should keep an eye on: wide receiver Isaiah Epps. The speedster will not return from a broken foot until after the bye, giving him only seven remaining regular season games. Not needed against UT-Martin or UofL, rationing his snaps to save a season is certainly a possibility.