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An athlete who enrolls in college in the middle of the first school year in order to extend the period of eligibility for competing in a varsity sport.

[On the model of redshirt.]

gray′shirt′ v.
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We'll see," said Embree, a grayshirt who entered school in January.
He took a visit to Oregon State and the Beavers offered him a scholarship as a grayshirt, meaning he would sit out next season and join the Beavers in the winter.
Michigan State offered him the chance to grayshirt, or enroll in the spring semester.
The 6-4, 235-pound McCaskill visited Oregon State last week and received a scholarship offer as a grayshirt, meaning he would not play next fall but would join the Beavers after the season.
Originally planning to grayshirt, meaning he would enroll in January 2008, he was offered the chance to sign a letter of intent in February and enroll in the fall.
The candidates are senior Ryan McCants, junior Jordan Jenkins, sophomore Jovan Stevenson, redshirt freshman Malcolm Marable and true freshman Terron Ward, who arrived as a grayshirt in January.
Currently, he is a grayshirt commitment, meaning he will enroll in January 2008.
After high school, he went to College of the Canyons but was beaten out, so Sehnem made a kicking video and sent it out to colleges in hope of landing a scholarship instead of wasting a year as a grayshirt.
Now a grayshirt freshman at College of the Canyons, Miramontes will try to demonstrate he can handle the pressures of leading a junior college powerhouse.
The Beavers will grayshirt, or delay the enrollment until winter term of four incoming freshmen: defensive back Will Storey, running back Terron Ward, kicker Trevor Romaine and tight end Connor Hamlett.
But after spending three years at College of the Canyons (the first was a grayshirt year - the junior-college equivalent of redshirting), Lance is finally starting to fulfill some of the lofty expectations placed on him back in high school.
Peters thought he had at least a grayshirt offer from Fresno State but it fell through shortly before the first day to sign letters of intent Feb.