If he remains red shirted, does anyone see him staying in school for 4 more years? A total of 5. From what I hear, he is one that may be good enough to be 3 and done. That would only give us 2 more years to watch him play. I say if he is ready to go and contribute...Let's go win some championships!!!
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Hated to see Bell go down, and I wish him a speedy recovery. If Chris can contribute to winning now, then burn the redshirt.
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This staff has recruited in such a way that traditional red shirting only seems to apply to the Qb and Oline positions. Black before the injury was right with Cooper if not ahead if that is any indication. That is from a member of the S&C staff. He won't be around 3 more years barring another injury. Not to say the others are not talented but he and Cooper are very special.
Both Cooper and Black would eligible for the same draft if he plays. But if he's that good, like Coop, I would be happy with 2 more years. And the fact that coach Saban is considering playing him as a freshman, at the end of the season speaks volumes about his abilities.
Edit: A redshirt sophomore is eligible for the draft. 3 years out of HS, college or no college.
Last edited by CapstoneTider; November 26th, 2012 at 06:47 AM.
A side issue but still on topic: why have we not seen much of Woodson? Is speed the issue, or lack of need (until now)?
EligibilityFootball players who have been out of high school for at least three years are eligible for the NFL draft. The rules do not state that a player must attend college, but virtually all of the players selected in the NFL draft played college football. A year as a redshirt player in college counts toward eligibility even though the player was not allowed to participate in games during that year. Therefore players who have completed their redshirt sophomore year can enter the NFL draft. A few players are also selected from other football leagues like the Arena Football League or the Canadian Football League.
As far as Black playing, it probably depends on how he practices this week. It might be tough for him to get used to being hit, after going so long without it. But I'd be all for burning the redshirt if he looks good in practice, and if he's needed.
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