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Here's a quote from Bronco in today's paper:

“I consider a fifth year as earned,” Mendenhall said. “UVa expects every student to graduate in four years, as do I. I consider awarding a fifth year on the back end if all things have been qualified for."

Not sure I understand his logic. If most first-years redshirt, they obviously have a 5-year playing span. They should graduate in 4 years and have that fifth year to take graduate courses. But I take Bronco's quote to mean that unless he grants the player that extra year, the player likely will redshirt his first year and then play three years. As in the case of RJ Proctor, the player will then have to find a new school for that final year of eligibility. However, Bronco will take a graduated player from another school. Huh? How is that any better than playing the experienced kid who has 5 years in UVA's program? I don't get it. Why would you spend 4 years developing a player and then turn him loose for his 5th year, a year in which he likely will be stronger and more knowledgeable than in any of his previous 4 years? How often is Bronco awarding that 5th year? Is turning a kid like Proctor loose the norm or does he award the 5th year more often than not?

Posted: 02/07/2019 at 11:27AM


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Current Thread:
Question... -- sewdog 02/07/2019 11:27AM
  Always been this way with a 5th year -- gate-hoo 02/07/2019 1:26PM
  Okay that makes sense -- sewdog 02/07/2019 12:00PM
  Think of it this way -- Copernic 02/07/2019 12:20PM
  Contribution and graduation...... ** -- Zhoo 02/07/2019 12:18PM
  Yes ** -- WahooWasp 02/07/2019 12:02PM
  That makes sense since he said 5th year is "earned." -- HogsAndHoos 02/07/2019 11:56AM
  Don't think Proctor was turned loose. -- Stimp 02/07/2019 11:41AM

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