Miami’s fourth game of the season — essentially the deadline for redshirting players — is Saturday.
According to a source, five true freshmen who have not played will not at Georgia Tech and thus, will be eligible to take a redshirt year.
They are: quarterback Jack Allison, offensive tackle Tre Johnson, tight end Jovani Haskins, defensive lineman Tyreic Martin and safety Jeff James. They are doing so for different reasons.
Allison, who struggled in the spring, was a four-star recruit and is considered a likely successor to Brad Kaaya. UM has no reason to rush his development. Johnson (6-7, 280) needs to add weight and strength. Haskins (6-4, 250) is a former high school quarterback who is playing the scout-team role of Georgia Tech’s 5-11, 190-pound Justin Thomas in practices this week (“He’s trying his best,” Mark Richt said). Martin was a candidate to play before his preseason MCL tear. James, the cousin of former UM running back Edgerrin James, played one year of high school football.
Another freshman, highly touted wide receiver Sam Bruce, appears unlikely to play this year after breaking his leg earlier this month. However, a source didn’t say definitively he will not play.
Miami played 13 true freshmen in its season-opener against Florida A&M.
Also, two players who tore ACLs before the season — sophomore wide receiver Lawrence Cager and junior running back Trayone Gray — will take redshirt years.
Per NCAA rules, Division I players have five years to play four seasons in a sport. A “redshirt” year refers to a season in which a team intentionally sits a player to delay their eligibility clock from starting. Programs often do so to get freshmen physically ready for college competition. A player can qualify for a “medical” redshirt if they suffer a significant injury early in the season.