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What is a "5th year senior" in college football?

I thought University was for 4 years?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    a redshirt player, so he can play only 4 years but is there for 5 because one he was redshirted

    they also have medical ways too, like Jordan Shipley of Texas is a 6th year senior because he was injured

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  • 1 decade ago

    Medical redshirt. Let's say you tear your ACL at the beginning of the season, you can take a medical redshirt that will allow you have a 5th year of eligibility. You still went to college for 4 years, it's just giving you that extra year to play football since you were not able to the year you redshirted. Some people take redshirts even if they're not injured, they do it so they can have more playing time there junior and senior years. There's also a such thing as a 6th year senior.

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  • gh
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    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."

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  • DC94
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Well you can stay in college really for as long as you want lol. 4 years is the goal for most students that are full time student, if you are a full time student and do nothing else then yes you can finish in 4 years. He is a "5th year senior" meaning he is a senior but has been in college going on 5 years. What that means is that he probably has a job or something to where he does take enough hours to finish in 4 years. Or could mean he is going for his masters which is another 2-4 years of college after you get your bachelors in 4 years

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  • 1 decade ago

    What they mean by redshirt is if you were not able to play a year in college you are guaranteed 4 years of playing football(or another sport)

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  • 1 decade ago

    If a player is red shirted as a freshman they can play for five years or if the player got a medical red shirt at some point they could also be eligible for an extra year.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If they were a redshirted freshman, they have the chance to stay a 5th year.

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  • 1 decade ago

    They can be a 5th year senior if they red shirted their freshman year.

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  • Tyler
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

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