Patrick Towles winning the quarterback battle has shown the value of a redshirt season. In fact, on Media Day, Mark Stoops said that unlike Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason, he believes in redshirting players, singling out offensive linemen Ramsey Meyers and Kyle Meadows, and defensive tackle Regie Meant as players whom he expects to have breakout years after redshirting their freshman seasons.
It looks like two of UK’s 2015 commits are already planning to redshirt their freshmen years in order to get a feel for the system and develop under Erik Korem’s training program. Four-star linebacker Eli Brown told the Bowling Green Daily News he plans to sit out his freshman year, and Justin Rowland is reporting that three-star linebacker Jordan Jones wants to do the same. Brown is coming off an ACL injury from last season, and says he’s finally back to 100%, which is very good news.
After years of relying on freshmen to have an immediate impact, it’s comforting to know that UK’s recruiting is finally at a level where we can redshirt to prepare for the future.