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May 26, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Auelua to grayshirt

There was one bit of news today from the Dawgman.com radio show on KJR-AM this morning as defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi said in an interview that 2012 signee Kalei Auelua will delay his enrollment until January.

That’s what’s known commonly as a “grayshirt,” meaning
Auelua, a defensive end/linebacker from Honolulu, will have an extra spring practice and then still have five years to play four, beginning in the fall of 2013.

UW signed 25 players in February (23 high school seniors and two JC transfers). One, RB Ryan McDaniel, enrolled in time for spring practice, though he did not participate will rehabbing an old knee injury. Auelua’s delayed enrollment means 23 new players would be expected to arrive this summer to begin practicing in August (barring, obviously, any other similar decisions to delay enrollment or academic issues — none of which are known about at this time).

UW ended spring practice with 63 players on its roster listed as on scholarship. That number included four players who initially began their careers as walk-ons but have since been put on scholarship. Teams can have a maximum of 85 on scholarship at any one time (a number that technically doesn’t come into play for UW until classes begin in late September). So given some potential wiggle room there with the walk-ons, it doesn’t appear as if hitting the scholarship number will be a real issue for UW this fall.

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