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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
CORVALLIS - Oregon State has added a football recruit with running back Terron Ward saying he has accepted a scholarship offer, though he will be a "grayshirt" and delay his enrollment until January.
As signing day approached, Florida State offered a "grayshirt," meaning the Seminoles wanted him to delay enrollment until next January.
There's also the chance of incoming recruits electing to "grayshirt" and delay their enrollment until after the 2010 season.
New faces: Nine freshmen are joined by 2008 grayshirt Julie Armstrong to form one of the largest and most talented recruiting classes in Duck history.
At the other end of the spectrum, kicker Garrett Owens and "some (other recruits) have been talked to," Riley said, about becoming "grayshirts," which means they won't enroll until next winter to delay the beginning of their eligibility.
Thompson was one of five "grayshirts" who signed a year ago and then enrolled for winter term.
The group of new Beavers also includes five players signed to letters of intent last February who delayed their enrollment as "grayshirts." Those players are Trevor Romaine, Will Storey, Fred Thompson, Terron Ward and D.J.
Both were grayshirts from last year's group of incoming freshmen who delayed their enrollment until winter term but thus have the advantage of participating in spring drills.