Starting senior defensive tackle Brennan Olander is out of the Washington St. game, after having injured his pectoral muscle close to the shoulder last Saturday in the UCLA game. Junior Kevin Frahm will start in his place, and the change could be permanent.
Further reports from the doctor are still pending, but if the injury is a significant tear, it could be a season, and therefore career, ending injury.
"I have not gotten word from the doctor for how long, but I think it could be the remainder of the season," Oregon St. coach Mike Riley said at today's press conference at the Valley Football Center.
The injury strains an already thin defensive line, since Castro Masaniai is also out for the rest of the year, after separating his shoulder in the California game two weeks ago. Masaniai is scheduled for surgery soon, in order to be ready for spring practice.
Andrew Seumalo will move in from defensive end to tackle to fill out the rotation, especially necessary as Stephen Paea is still recovering from a sore knee, leaving defensive end very thin. Gabe Miller and Dominic Glover will get spelled very sparingly, as only Taylor Henry remains at the position with very many snaps.
There was some good news on the injury front, however, as WR Jordan Bishop, who played very sparingly at UCLA, due to a bruised shoulder, is doing better, and TE Brady Camp has been cleared after being out since the Arizona St. game with a deep lower back bruise. Now, its just a matter of getting back in game shape for Camp.