We are quickly closing in on two months to the start of the 2014 College Football season and word came yesterday that the Oregon State Beavers will enter the season without two potential play makers. Walter Jones, who played a good part Spring Practice behind Victor Bolden will transfer from the football program to run track at another school. Tight End Tyler Perry is retiring from football due to multiple injuries.
Of the two, Perry will be missed more, as Jones has yet to see the field at Rieser Stadium. Perry, a Senior played in sixteen games and had seven catches for fifty eight yards in sixteen games during his career. Oregon State is looking to replace one of the most successful Wide Outs from the Program with Brandon Cooks now in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints and Jones could have been a piece to that puzzle for the 2014 season and beyond.
Junior Richard Mullaney, not yet a household name, has an opportunity to be the leader in 2014. Last season he pulled down fifty two catches for seven hundred eighty eight yards and three touchdowns. After Mullaney, the Oregon State Beavers depth at Wide Receiver has plenty of young talent including Hunter Garmon, Malik Gilmore, Jordan Vallamin, and Blair Cavanaugh. Tight end for the Beavers is a different story with virtually no depth at the Tight End position.
Several players have changed positions or left the team altogether that played Tight End for the Oregon State Beavers. Dustin Stanton moved from Tight End to Left Tackle and Hayden Craig departed due to multiple concussions. There are some returnees at the position and OSU did pick up a post graduate transfer from California in Jacob Wark who will look to pick up some time during the 2014 season.
For Oregon State I would say that Tight End and Wide Receiver are key positions that need to be filled in the Fall and also need to have players that remain healthy. An injury at any of these positions could lead to trouble in a big way come Pac-12 Conference season. Of course, having a Quarterback in Sean Mannion returning will help soften the blow somewhat, but he also has a question of durability during the regular season.
Fall Camp for the Oregon State Beavers begins on August 4th.