College JV Football: A Proposal For Better Player Development

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It’s time to give young players like TyJuan Garbutt (left) a better chance to develop earlier in their careers. (Photo by Ivan Morozov)

There was a big message board discussion this morning about rotating linebackers and whether or not Virginia Tech had blown the redshirt of Dylan Rivers.  We furthered the discussion on today’s TSL Podcast, which has been released.  There’s also a proposal being floated in college football that would allow true freshmen to play in up to four games and still preserve their redshirt status.  I think I have a solution for all of those issues — junior varsity football at the college level.

The Hokies used to play JV games against Hargrave and Fork Union, but they were unimportant because the roster consisted of walk-ons, plus a few scholarship players who were buried by at least three other guys at their respective position.  My proposal for JV football is much deeper — redshirting players are eligible for JV games, and the games would take place between peer institutions, rather than Virginia Tech’s JV team vs. the Fork Union post graduate team.

Let’s say Virginia Tech was hosting Duke in Lane Stadium on a Saturday afternoon.  In my scenario, the JV