LOS ANGELES — The Colorado athletic department submitted an appeal to the NCAA recently asking that offensive tackle Shane Callahan be allowed to play this season without having to sit out the mandated year following his transfer from Auburn, a source told the Daily Camera.
Callahan, a former four-star recruit from Chaparral High School in Parker, was recruited to CU by former coach Jon Embree in the 2012 cycle, but ultimately chose Auburn. Rivals.com rated Callahan the fourth-best recruit in the state in 2012 and the 22nd best offensive tackle in the nation in the 2012 cycle.
Callahan was a backup on last season's Auburn team. He played in two games for the Tigers. He and his teammates won the Southeastern Conference and played for the national title last season.
Callahan and fellow transfer Jaleel Awini from Air Force do not appear on the CU roster at this point because neither is enrolled in classes. Coach Mike MacIntyre is not allowed to speak about either player until they are officially enrolled and on the roster.
Callahan chose to transfer closer to home because of the health issues of a family member and CU asked the NCAA in its appeal not to punish Callahan for the decision by forcing him to sit out this season.
If Callahan is able to play this season it could be a boon for the CU offensive line. Callahan would likely compete at left tackle where Jeromy Irwin and Marc Mustoe are expected to battle in fall camp. None of those players has logged significant playing time at the college level. Irwin is coming off a redshirt season after breaking his foot several times in the preseason last year.