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OL Donovan Laie returns to Arizona, one day after announcing transfer

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Finally, some good transfer news for the Arizona Wildcats.

A day after putting his name into the NCAA transfer portal, junior offensive lineman Donovan Laie has reversed course and will remain with the program.

Laie has started all 24 games the past two seasons, 22 at left tackle, and is expected to be quarterback Grant Gunnell's main blind side protector this fall when the UA begins a shortened 6-game schedule in November.

Had he gone thru with transferring he would have been the fifth multi-year starter to leave the team this offseason. Senior linebacker Tony Fields II and senior safety Scottie Young Jr. transferred to West Virginia and senior linebacker Colin Schooler ended up at Texas Tech, while senior DE/LB Kylan Wilborn is still looking for a landing spot after announcing his transfer last week.

Laie's return still leaves Arizona with only 79 scholarship players on the roster, six short of the FBS limit.