In this segment, a reader complains about whether Amir Carlisle should play or redshirt.
Q: SCDDS said:
Can you explain the reasoning of using Amir Carlisle, and effectively burning his red-shirt season? His reported “good week of practice” by Kiffing, almost seems an indirect motivational ploy by the coaches to motivate Baxter/McNeal/Morgan?
A: I think Amir Carlisle was one of the top backs in training camp. I can only assume his ankle was too sore to play the first three weeks. Kiffin decided to make him a big part of the game plan for Arizona State and then he reinjured the ankle. Now it looks like he will miss at least one more game. So maybe redshirting him looks better in hindsight. Technically, he could still redshirt but the NCAA would have to believe a sprained ankle kept him out the rest of the season.
Maybe he wasn’t quite 100 percent healthy to begin with. Either way, if he misses the next two games, that effectively means half the season is over already and he must play.
The mystery remains Baxter and his lack of playing time, especially when he can catch the ball out of the backfield and would not require Carlisle to use his redshirt year.