Why redshirting?

Why is red-shirting some players good for the team and for the player it self and why should you not red-shirt player in different situations.

Compton redshirted as a freshman, but there were several times when he nearly saw the field.

During NU’s game against Virginia Tech, Ekeler came running down the sideline looking for Compton.

“Get ready to rock and roll! You’re going in!” Ekeler told him.

Head coach Bo Pelini also told Compton to get ready, but he soon changed his mind and said it would be a poor decision to burn the redshirt. In hindsight, Compton admits sitting out was the right choice.

“I was nowhere close to where I am now,” Compton said. “It’s an awesome thing to redshirt. You get a year of learning and getting a feel for the game instead of being thrown into the fire.” (Daily Nebraskan)

Here is a little about Josh Williams, Nick Rubek is asking the questions and wrote this article:

Q: What’s the toughest part of redshirting?

A: Just sitting out. I came in and wanted to be in the game. But actually just sitting out and watching guys, that’s probably the toughest part. I think the best part about it was just being able to develop myself to be ready to play college football.

Q: When you look back at it now, do you think a year ago at this time you would have been ready to play?

A: No, I don’t think so. I don’t think I would have been able to do it.  Nick Rubek

Catching up with Josh Williams

The redshirt freshman defensive end saw his first game action at Nebraska on Saturday against Florida Atlantic. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Texan was credited with two tackles. Williams is Pierre Allen’s backup on the right side.

Q: What was the call or your role on your first play?

A: We just had a base call. I was the six technique on the tight end and kind of had him manned up. If it was pass, I was supposed to kind of beat him up a little bit. If it was run, I was just playing my technique.

Q: Did you think it would be as big a transition from high school to college as it was?

A: I didn’t think so. But there was a big eye-opener in the first fall camp. And then coming into this camp, I felt a little more calm and felt a little more prepared than I was last year, so I was pretty excited about that.

Q: How much weight have you put on since last year?

A: Between 30 and 40 pounds.

Q: When you look at yourself in the mirror now, is it dramatic?

A: Yeah. I think about it a lot looking at myself because I came in and I was pretty small and I put on weight and bulked up a little bit. So I kind of like looking at myself now.

Q: How was your tunnel walk on a day when you knew you were going to play in your first game?

A: It stood the hairs up on my back. It was pretty exciting. There’s nothing like it. There’s a different preparation when you actually know you’re going to be getting into the game. Just knowing I was in the rotation, that was pretty big.

Q: What was it like the first time you stepped out on the field?

A: I was pretty wired. I was pretty jacked up. After that first play, I settled down a little bit and kind of got going.

— Nick Rubek


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