July 24, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Washington Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian talks to the media during PAC-12 Media Day at Universal Studios Hollywood. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
More redshirts means more strength in the Washington football program.
The UW Huskies are just days away from their 2012 season-opening game against the San Diego State Aztecs and coach Steve Sarkisian is undoubtedly trying to decided which freshman will be seeing the field this season. Those who don't see the field will be set up to redshirt in 2012.
SB Nation's Husky site, UW Dawg Pound, made an educated guess on who it thinks will redshirt this season. It believes the more freshman to sit out, the better.
Still, you can get a sense for the general health of a football program by looking at how many incoming players redshirt and how many are pressed into action right away; while it’s unlikely you’ll ever see Sark redshirt an entire incoming class, we are seeing a trend of fewer being forced into action early.
Coaches prefer to redshirt players to give them an extra year of practice and work in the weight room. When they are able to do that, it shows the program has built enough depth in the upper classes. If Sarkisian is able to keep the majority of his freshman out of game action this season, that is a good sign for the UW football team.