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Oregon State redshirt senior LB Bright Ugwoegbu was suspended indefinitely at the start of spring practice.

Ugwoegbu (6'2/235) was forced to sit out spring ball in Corvallis due to an unspecified violation of team rules. The redshirt senior linebacker has made 20 starts for his career -- tops among returning players -- and posted 55 tackles (4.5 for loss) and a forced fumble last season. Andrzej Hughes-Murray, Hamilcar Rashed, Kee Whetzel and Kameron Carroll were all receiving extended looks in Ugwoegbu's absence this spring. Just when he might be eligible to return from his indefinite suspension is not yet known.
May 26 - 12:30 PM

Oregon State is submitting a secondary violation to the NCAA.

The Beaver program found itself in an embarrassing situation earlier this month after Hawaii HC Nick Rolovich tweeted out pictures of recruiting materials that Oregon State had sent to current players, inviting them to attend the team's spring game. OSU is claiming that all of this was unintentional -- their internal investigation revealed an apparent clerical error -- and there are no indications that there was anything truly underhanded in the works, here. Expect light punishment from the NCAA, if that.
May 18 - 11:39 AM

In a statement, Oregon State claims that their mailing of recruitment materials to current Hawaii football players was "unintentional."

Warriors HC NIck Rolovich took to Twitter on Friday to post pictures of recruiting packets sent to Hawaii players inviting them to attend OSU's spring game. Or as he put it, #sloppybeavers. Oregon State is continuing to investigate how this whole situation came about and noted that they are "committed to following NCAA rules." If this truly is just a case of a mistaken mailing -- and that would be quite the mistake -- we wouldn't expect the program to receive much more than a slap on the wrist from the governing body. Hawaii and Oregon State can settle all this on the field next year, as they're scheduled to face off in Honolulu on Sept. 7, 2019.
May 6 - 11:36 AM

Ken Goe of The Oregonian reports that Oregon State redshirt sophomore Conor Blount has been impressing in his battle to win the starting QB job.

Blount is battling with Jake Luton and JUCO transfer Jack Colletto to start under center, and while all three have reportedly shown flashes over the spring, Goe writes that it's Blount who has been the most impressive. "Blount was at quarterback for three of the five touchdowns scored by the OSU offense," writes Goe. "He threw TD passes to Timmy Hernandez on a five-yard slant, and hit running back B.J. Baylor for a 30-yard pass-and-run score." Expect this battle to go all the way through the summer.
May 1 - 3:43 PM

Oregon State sophomore RB Calvin Tyler is "fighting for carries" behind No. 1 RB Artavis Pierce.

The Beavers are looking to replace three running backs from last season including draft-bound Ryan Nall. Pierce is the only one with significant action and is likely to slide in as their No. 1 running back. Former three-star recruit Tyler will look to win the backup job over B.J. Baylor, Christian Wallace, and Hunter Mattson. HC Jonathan Smith said he "likes where those guys are at" but didn't announce who would play second fiddle to Pierce.
Apr 25 - 7:07 PM

Oregon State redshirt junior Noah Togiai is not participating in spring practices.

Togiai is being counted on as one of the top playmakers for the Beavers in 2018, but he's battled knee injuries in back-to-back seasons, and even if he was at full strength they'd likely want Togiai to take it easy this spring. He's coming off a 34-4612 season for OSU, and those numbers could go way up if he's able to stay healthy -- and if Oregon State gets better quarterback play.
Apr 10 - 8:21 PM

Oregon State RB Ryan Nall is visiting the Bears on Monday.

With the uncertainty around Jordan Howard's future with the Bears, this is an interesting one. Nall is an above average athlete who can win on contact thanks to balance and is also a comfortable receiver, something Howard is not.
Apr 9 - 11:18 AM

Eastern Washington sophomore QB Nick Moore transferred to Oregon State.

Moore (6'0/180) is the younger brother of NFL backup Matt Moore. He'll be sitting out the upcoming campaign to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations, after which he'll have three seasons of eligibility remaining to his fair name. Eastern Washington HC Aaron Best has described the signal-caller as "firey."
Apr 4 - 8:05 PM

Jake Luton (back) is expected to return for spring practices.

Luton (6'7/234) missed the remainder of the year after suffering a spine injury against Washington State on September 17. He's throwing and running, and should be cleared for the physical activity necessary to practice when they start on Wednesday. He'll have an upper-hand in the quarterback competition as long as he can stay healthy.
Apr 3 - 6:36 PM

Oregon State RB Ryan Nall ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Anything under 4.60 seconds would have been considered a sharp time for the 6-foot-2, 234-pound Nall. Chalk his dash up as a success, then. The Oregon State draft hopeful additionally recorded a vertical leap of 33 inches, a broad jump of 122 inches and 15 reps on the bench press. While none of these numbers leap out as world beating, this has been a nice combine showing on the whole for the big back. He's hoping to hear his name called on Day 3 this spring. If that does occur, it likely won't be until the sixth or seventh round.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 2 - 6:24 PM

Oregon State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 LB Matthew Tago.

Tago chose Oregon State over Nebraska, but also had offers from USC, Colorado, Utah and Washington State. The Beavers have picked up several commits since Jonathan Smith became the new head coach, but Tago might be the biggest get of them all. He's ranked 15th among athletes in 247 Sports updated composite rankings, and 91st overall. This is a freshman who could make an immediate impact for Oregon State as they try and rebuild into Pac-12 North contenders again.
Feb 4 - 1:57 PM

Oregon State received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 JuCo QB Jack Colletto.

Colletto commits to the Beavers over finalist Vanderbilt, and also held an offer from Memphis. He was the Gatorade Player Of The Year for the state of Washington in 2016, but didn't receive big-time offers and instead went to play for two-year power Arizona Western. 247 Sports ranked him the eighth best signal-caller in the junior college ranks. He'll likely serve as a backup in 2018, but because of the uncertainty at the position, he could get a chance to be the starter in the 2018 season for the Beavers.
Feb 2 - 7:52 PM

Hawaii sophomore T Brandon Kipper transferred to Oregon State.

Kipper (6'6/270) saw playing time in 11 games during his inaugural season with the Warriors in 2017, but will now try for a change of scenery in Corvallis. The Caldwell, Idaho, native was a two-star recruit coming out of high school. He'll have to sit out the 2018 to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations and will have three years eligibility remaining with the Beavers come the start of the 2019 season.
Feb 1 - 12:23 PM

Oregon State received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 RB Jermar Jefferson.

Jefferson (5'11/190) committed to the Beavers after taking an official visit to Corvallis this past weekend. He finished out his high school career in Harbor City, California, in spectacular fashion in 2017, rushing for 1,861 yards and 34 touchdowns. Jefferson specifically cited Oregon State's new coaching staff under HC Jonathan Smith as part of the program's appeal. He'll look to make some noise on the depth chart behind Artavis Pierce come August.
Jan 31 - 1:13 PM

Oregon State hired Portland State DL coach David Lose to serve as a defensive quality control assistant.

Lose spent the 2017 season with Portland State and had previously worked as a defensive assistant at Washington State (2011-16). He was an 18-game starter at guard for the Beavers from 1999-93.
Jan 25 - 1:43 PM


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