Brady Hoke favors allowing redshirting players to compete in bowl games
ANN ARBOR -- Michigan focused on its young guys as it reconvened for the start of bowl practices Friday.
Coach Brady Hoke likes what he saw from his youngsters, including those who are redshirting, and floated an interesting idea at his news conference Friday evening: Allow them to play in the bowl game without burning a season of eligibility.
"I think it'd be neat if the NCAA led your redshirt guys play in a bowl game," Hoke said. "It would be interesting to be able to do that."
Hoke said he's unsure if those talks have taken place at the NCAA level, but just sees it as being beneficial to the players.
He offered the proposal when asked about his running backs, who will take the field Jan. 1 against South Carolina in the Outback Bowl without starter Fitz Toussaint. Sophomore Thomas Rawls, redshirt freshman Justice Hayes and senior Vincent Smith are expected to be in the rotation.
That indicates Hoke would like to see true freshman Drake Johnson get some time against the Gamecocks. Johnson, who starred at nearby Ann Arbor Pioneer High School, is redshirting this year.
"Maybe," Hoke said. "We like what Drake's done to this point."