Marquis Wilson has decided to rejoin the University of Utah football program.

The senior wide receiver, who lost his scholarship this summer after undisclosed violations of team rules, had the option of transferring to another program or walking on with the Utes when school starts later this month.

Wilson, who has 52 career catches for 832 yards and six touchdowns at Utah, chose the latter after meeting with head coach Kyle Whittingham.

"He's a walk-on. He's got to earn his way back. He's expressed to me he's willing to do that. So he'll be utilizing a redshirt year this fall, running scout team for the defense and paying his own way to school," Whittingham said. "He's got to put in one solid year of work with no issues or so forth. He'll be welcomed back in '09 if he makes it through the year."

Wilson, Whittingham added, has absolutely no chance of playing for the Utes this season. He won't be participating in camp and can't rejoin the team until the first day of school.

FIRST INJURY: Sophomore tight end Neli A'asa will miss at least one week of camp after have a sore knee scoped. The decision was made after an evaluation following Tuesday's practice.

The injury, however, isn't new. It's described as a "little knee injury" from spring that flared up — something that didn't happen at all during summer conditioning workouts.

"It's nothing major," Whittingham said. "But enough pain and enough discomfort to warrant getting it scoped."

A'asa was moved to tight end from guard when camp began on Monday. He had a 41-yard reception on a fake punt by Louie Sakoda in last year's 50-0 win over Wyoming.

STILL WAITING: Junior college transfer Aiona Key, a highly touted wide receiver who began his career at Boise State, has yet to join the Utes.

The coaching staff had hoped to have him in camp on Wednesday, but is now looking at the end of the week or possibly early next week for his arrival. They're still waiting for one of his grades to be posted.

EXTRA POINTS: Whittingham, Brian Johnson, Brent Casteel, Paul Kruger and Robert Johnson met with the media at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. The entire team had pictures taken during "photo day" at the Smith Center. ... Wednesday morning's practice ended on a light note. Offensive linemen Dustin Hensel and Viliamu Nau caught punts from Louie Sakoda, forcing the coaching staff to run a gasser instead of the players. ... The Utes practice again this morning. On Friday, they'll sport full pads for the first time. Two-a-days begin on Saturday.


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