Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22Day 2 Redshirts and Role Players M any college athletes go through a redshirt year at college. It is a year of putting forth much effort gaining speed and strength to become more prepared to compete at the college level. It is a difficult year for various reasons, one of them being that many college players are accustomed to being a starter or even a star player in high school. Suddenly, they are just one of many stars waiting for their time to get an opportunity to shine. Another reason “redshirting” is difficult is that they are expected to continue a strenuous training program without seemingly seeing the benefits that the other players experience. Even though they are a part of the team, they are a unique part of the team. It takes an extra amount of perseverance and persistence to keep envisioning the future beyond that year in a positive light. Many players enter college knowing that they may not see the field until their third or fourth year. I remember overhearing a conversation between two high school athletes, both starters on their successful basketball team. They were talking about how their team would have never had the season