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Kevin Cummings Out For Season

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Oregon St. WR Kevin Cummings is out for the season, after wrist surgery.
Oregon St. WR Kevin Cummings is out for the season, after wrist surgery.
Photo by Andy Wooldridge

When we last saw Oregon St. WR Kevin Cummings, he was battling unsuccessfully to make a 4th down touchdown catch late Saturday night as the Beavers tried to rally to tie then #8 Stanford. The pass was broken up, and it turns out, so was Cummings' wrist.

Cummings was initially listed as "day to day" after the game, but upon further review (everything in football is subject to further review), it was determined that Cummings would need surgery. That has already been taken care of, but Cummings is out for the rest of the season, possibly ending the senior's career. Cummings did play in 1 game as a freshman in 2010, after suffering an injury, but that wasn't counted as a red-shirt year, and Cummings lettered.

Oregon St. head coach Mike Riley does hold out hope of having Cummings back for a bowl game, but that's far from certain (and it could help if the Beavers were in, say, the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31, and not the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 21).

Malik Gilmore and Micah Hatfield are listed behind Cummings at the slot receiver position, but we could see Head Coach Mike Riley and WR coach Brent Brennan do some creative shuffling. Hatfield is also Richard Mullaney's primary backup, and so Victor Bolden, and possibly even Obum Gwacham, might have just seen their roles get expanded in "Next Beaver Up" mode.

Cummings has 23 catches for 234 yards and 2 touchdowns this season, and 51 receptions for 582 yards and 4 scores in his career as a Beaver. Cummings has become a clutch play receiver for the Beavers, with 13 of the 23 catches this season resulting in either a first down or a touchdown.

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