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A look at the status of the IU football true freshmen under the redshirt rule

The IU football class of 2022 was the program’s best ever during the rankings era, and the majority of that class will return in 2023 with four years of eligibility remaining.

Under a rule established in 2018, college athletes competing in Division I football can participate in up to four games in a season without using a year of eligibility.

Division I student-athletes have five years to compete in up to four seasons of competition. The exception allows football players to preserve a season of competition if, for example, injuries or other factors result in them competing in a small number of games.

Indiana actively managed the amount of games many of their freshmen played in 2022.  They will be able to take advantage of the redshirt rule with 16 of their true freshmen on the 2022 roster including three of their 4-star recruits from the 2022 class.

Below is a summary of the status of each true freshman on IU’s 2022 roster vis-a-vis the four-game redshirt rule.


The following players played in more than four games and will return to Indiana next season as sophomores.

  • Jaylin Lucas – RB/KR
  • Phillip Dunnam – DB


The following players played in four or less games and will return next season as redshirt freshmen.

  • Kaiden Turner – LB
  • Brendan Sorsby – QB
  • Jamari Sharpe – DB
  • Kamryn Perry – WR
  • Bray Lynch – OL
  • Isaiah Jones – LB
  • Nick James – DL
  • Omar Cooper, Jr. – WR
  • Brody Foley – TE
  • Ryan Miller – TE
  • James Monds, III – DB
  • J’mari Monette – DL
  • D.J. Moore – OL
  • Trevell Mullen – DB
  • Carter Smith – OL
  • Venson Sneed – DL

Note:  Freshmen Dasan McCullough and Richard Thomas transferred after the season.  McCullough played in every game and used a season of eligibility.  Thomas did not play.

Starting offensive tackle Matthew Bedford will also not lose a season of eligibility after suffering a season-ending injury in week one against Illinois.  Whether due to the traditional redshirt rule or the medical variety, Bedford should have two years of eligibility remaining.

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