The effort to change the redshirt rule in college football is gaining steam, and Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre couldn't be happier.

In Charlotte this week, American Football Coaches Association executive director Todd Berry said coaches at all levels of college football are in "unanimous support" of allowing redshirts to play up to four games without losing their redshirt year.

"I think it's an excellent rule that should help and I think it makes a lot of sense," MacIntyre said. "With the physicality of our game, I think it's an excellent deal. I definitely hope it passes."

For years, playing just one snap in one game has burned a players' redshirt, but according to Berry, those rules were set in place when Football Bowl Subdivision teams were allowed 120 scholarship players and had 10-game schedules.

Teams are now limited to 85 scholarships with 12-game regular seasons. Some teams play up to 15 games.

Allowing redshirts to play a few games could give teams more options when injuries pile up.

Providing those young players with valuable game experience, especially a young quarterback, is another benefit.

"You would think about doing some of that, yes," MacIntyre said. "You have to be careful because if you do it really early in the season, you might use up a couple of them when you might want to use it later on."

A change to the rule would first have to go through the College Football Rules Committee. Then, in April, the Playing Rules Oversight Panel would have to decide on changing the rule or not. The new rule could potentially go into effect next season.


"All the college coaches were 100 percent for it, so I'm hoping that it will pass," MacIntyre said.

Finishing up 2018 class

Last month, the Buffs took advantage of the new early signing period to ink 20 new players to national letters of intent, and on Friday, they signed offensive lineman Kanan Ray to a financial aid agreement.

The Buffs may not be done putting together their 2018 recruiting class, however. Although there isn't room to add too many more players, CU could add two or three more when the regular signing period begins Feb. 7.

"We don't have a target number right now, because we feel like we're sitting pretty good, but attrition happens every once in a while," said MacIntyre, who cannot talk about unsigned players. "We are recruiting young men and looking at some young men. I don't know exactly what that'll look like on Feb. 7."

Most notably, the Buffs are looking to bolster their offensive line. In addition to adding Ray, the Buffs are also looking at graduate transfer linemen Dwayne Wallace, who played at California, and Casey Tucker, who played at Stanford.

In addition, former Texas A&M running back Rakeem Boyd (currently at Independence Community College) and De Anza College pass rusher Alex Tchangam are on the Buffs' radar.

Whether or not the Buffs add to the class, MacIntyre said he is pleased with the 2018 group.

"I thought we had an excellent early signing period," he said. "We're looking at what we're going to do (in February), but we don't have a lot of things to have to go do. We'll just keep recruiting, keep looking and keep seeing if there's a fit or two. I feel good about where we are right now."

One of the main benefits to the early signing period is that CU has had a jump-start on the 2019 class.

"We're farther ahead (on the next class) than we ever have been," he said.


Former CU receiver Johnny Huntley, who is transferring after spending the past two seasons with the Buffs, is taking an official visit to Liberty University this weekend. Liberty has been a Football Championship Subdivision school but is transitioning to the Football Bowl Subdivision next season. ... CU is set to begin spring football on Feb. 16. MacIntyre said he doesn't know if any practices will be open to the media and/or general public.

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