Friday August 8th, 2014

Former Washington defensive end Josh Shirley is transferring to UNLV and will be eligible to play right away, a school spokesperson announced on Twitter.

The Seattle Times reported in July that Shirley was leaving the program, with a source saying Shirley "would like to play his senior season closer to his native southern California."

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Shirley signed with UCLA out of Kaiser (Calif.) High in 2010 but was dismissed before playing a game.

He started seven games and reported 8.5 sacks as a freshman at Washington in 2011, but his production declined in subsequent years. Shirley finished the 2013 season with three sacks and 13 tackles in 12 games.

UNLV went 7-6 last season and was picked to finish fourth in the Mountain West Division in a preseason media poll. The Rebels open the upcoming season Aug. 29 at Arizona.

- Chris Johnson

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