Wake Forest has officially put redshirting on hold.
Offensive coordinator Steed Lobotzke was quoted in an ESPN.com story as saying the Demon Deacons were opening up playing time to any and all classes no matter the position.
“We’re opening it up now,” Lobotzke told the website. “We’re telling everybody we want to win this year, we’ll play anybody it takes on either side of the ball to do that. The redshirting policy is kind of on hold right now. We just want to win. We want to win, we want to win right now, so we’re going to play anybody if it will help our depth.”
This is in stark contrast to coach Jim Grobe’s philosophy of past years. Only 22 true freshmen have played since coach Grobe was hired in 2001 and only two played last year.
This is what happens when you haven’t had a winning season since 2008 and realize your job security is in serious jeopardy.
Lobotzke even gave a shoutout on Twitter telling potential recruits that if they wanted to play early, Wake Forest was the place to be.