Virginia Tech and the Use of the Redshirt

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Justin Fuente
Justin Fuente

In my opinion, it’s time that the Hokies get back to their roots by promoting better player development. To do that, they have to start using the redshirt again.

If it seems to you that Virginia Tech has played a ton of true freshmen over the last few years, you are correct. The numbers back that up…

2015: 6
2014: 9
2013: 8
2012: 4
2011: 5
2010: 2
2009: 3
2008: 5
2007: 2
2006: 5
2005: 1
2004: 5

Over the last several years, Virginia Tech has played a lot more true freshmen than they’ve played in the past. That’s not necessarily because they’ve recruited more guys who are ready earlier in their career. For the most part, it’s been out of necessity.

Today we’ll go back to the beginning of ACC expansion and examine Tech’s redshirting habits. As you might expect, they played a lot more true freshmen the past three years than usual.

Note: this analysis does not include specialists, nor does it include walk-ons.


True Freshmen who played: 5
Players: Sean Glennon, Eddie Royal, Josh Morgan, DJ Parker and Justin Harper

The Hokies played five true freshmen when they won the ACC in 2004. However, that number is a bit deceiving, because Sean Glennon was able to redshirt in 2005 while Cory Holt ran the #2 offense during blowouts.

Eddie Royal and Josh Morgan were good enough