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2 Football Players Leave, 1 Suspended

Oregon St. football coach Mike Riley announced some roster moves today.

Offensive Lineman Geoff Garner, who would have been a junior, and Safety Josh LaGrone, who would have been a senior, have left the team, according to Riley.

Additionally, Cornerback Mishawn Cummings, a red-shirt sophomore to be who transferred to Oregon St. from Foothills CC, has been suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules. Duration and/or other sanctions were not detailed, but Riley said he may not be able to return.

Cummings has yet to see the field for the Beavers.

Garner saw some time at center this past year while starter Grant Johnson was out with an injury, after redshirting in 2010. Garner wants to find an opportunity where he will play regularly, and be closer to home, in Mesa, AZ.

"Playing on the field is what Geoff's main preference is," Riley said. "He wants to play more. He has a wife and baby on the way, and wants to be closer to his family. He would like that. This might be the best thing to do for him."

LaGrone played in all but the season opener in 2010, but then left the team last year, due to continuing difficulties stemming from the knee injury that resulted in his red-shirting in 2009, only to attempt to come back later in the season, where he was able to afford the team some added practice depth.

Riley indicated an opportunity for additional playing time was a factor in LaGrone's decision as well.

None of the moves are likely to seriously impact on the field outcomes, and seem to fall in the category of the "normal attrition" that occurs most seasons.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com