NCAA made freshman eligible in 1972
It has to do with whether or not he was redshirted as a freshman. If he was redshirted, that means he did not play in any games during his first year at the college. Players are eligible to play in actual games for 4 years, those years are freshman, sophomore, junior, senior. If they redshirt, by the time they are team "seniors" they have actually been on the team for 5 years, thus "5th year." If a freshman doesn't redshirt, then he is referred to as a "true freshman." I assume this is the same for transfer players, but don't know.
3 years removed from High School. So technically 2 seasons assuming you are red shirted freshman year.
You can enter the NFL Draft with three years of college education. Many football players will redshirt as a freshman which is the NCAA legal way of giving a student five eligible years of football at college. You may see people enter the draft as a sophomore, however the redshirted so it is actually their 3rd year in college.
No, one of the requirements to be eligible for the NFL draft is at least two years of college.
If someone is a high school football player why would he be eligible to play in a college football game?
Hershel walker of Georgia
If a college football player is redshirted, it means that they are relegated to the practice team for their freshman year. For this reason, a redshirt freshman is a sophomore academically, but the player is given an extra year of eligibility.
You must be enrolled in the college/university to be eligible to play on their teams.
one - Bernie Kosar
If they are a redshirted freshman this can happen