Considering aspects of the redshirt math as WSU-Oregon looms in Week Four

THIS SATURDAY, when Washington State plays host to Oregon, marks a milestone for the Cougs when it comes to redshirts – kinda.

It's one of many potential milestones that will take place between now and Week Six.  Once a player takes one snap in a college football game, he can no longer redshirt. 

So what’s this 30 percent rule you’re always hearing about?

It refers to medical redshirts (technically it’s called a medical hardship waiver).

To be eligible for the waiver, the player must not have competed in more than 30 percent of the season or three contests -- whichever is greater. It must be a season-ending injury, and the injury must occur prior to the start of the second half of the season.

So let's say a true freshman played in Week One, but was injured in Week Three and doesn't play again while he rehabs.  He would be eligible.  But the Cougs are now 25 percent through their season headed into Saturday. So if a true freshman played in each of the first three games, and was then injured in Saturday's game vs. Oregon, he would have played in four games and would not be eligible for a waiver (barring a successful appeal).

There remain several other scenarios, of course, such as:   A Cougar player could make his debut in Saturday's game vs. Oregon, suffer a season-ending injury against UCLA in Week Six, and would still be eligible for the waiver. 

FIVE TRUE FRESHMAN Cougar footballers have taken the field to this point: C Frederick Mauigoa, WR Isaiah Johnson, LB Derek Moore, WR Dezmon Patmon (pictured above) and safety Jalen Thompson.

It looked like, in the week leading up to Idaho, true freshman Cougar cornerback Marcus Strong was destined to see his first collegiate action vs. the Vandals. But Mike Leach and Alex Grinch kept Strong on the bench, and his redshirt remains intact heading into Saturday.

The Cougars opened the 2016 season with 11 freshmen appearing on the Week One depth chart.

Over the course of the 2015 WSU campaign, 14 freshmen contributed including seven true freshmen.

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