Zach Durfee will be available to play for Washington on Jan. 1 when it faces Texas in the semifinals of the College Football Playoff, according to The Seattle Times’ Mike Vorel.

Durfee, who transferred to UW from Sioux Falls this past offseason, has sat out the season after a waiver for immediate eligibility was denied prior to the campaign. Coach Kalen DeBoer said before the year began that Durfee would definitely help the Huskies on the edge if he was available. Now he’ll finally get his first opportunity to do so.

Durfee was required to serve a year in residence before becoming eligible, and that’s based on academic quarters, according to Vorel. When Washington’s fall quarter ends on Dec. 15, he becomes eligible.

Durfee spent two seasons at Sioux Falls, redshirting in 2021 before racking up 13.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks to go with 28 tackles in 11 appearances during the 2022 season. He was named to the NSIC South Division all-conference first team for his play.

The 6-foot-5, 255-pound edge spent a semester as a student at North Dakota State before transferring to Sioux Falls in 2021. Though he didn’t play on the football team for North Dakota State, the NCAA still chose to classify him as a two-time transfer player and forced him to sit.

DeBoer said before the season Durfee would continue to practice with the team.

What kind of impact can he make right away? That remains to be seen. But he’d certainly be a shot in the arm for the Huskies, who have leaned on Bralen Trice and Zion Tupuola-Fetui for the bulk of their modest havoc production thus far.