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Michael Doctor Officially Gets Another Season

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It's the about the least newsworthy development possible, given that it was a given, making this article on par with reporting that the sun came up in the east again today, but Oregon St. LB Michael Doctor got official confirmation from the Pac-12 and the NCAA today that he will indeed receive another season of eligibility, after using his red-shirt last season after suffering a season ending ankle injury against Hawaii, in the second game of last season.

Doctor, who played as a true freshman, and led the Beavers in tackles in the 2012 Alamo Bowl season, was expected to provide the mobility that would have helped the Oregon St. defense last year.

Doctor had made 25 consecutive starts dating back to early in the 2011 season.

"I'm very excited to have another year," Doctor said. "Last year was bittersweet for me. I had a chance to learn from a coaching perspective and watch guys like Jabral (Johnson) and Rommel (Mageo) grow, and I think from all of this it will make me a smarter player."

Even though he hadn't used his red-shirt, but had played, even though in only 2 of 13 games, well within the 4 of first 6 games rule, a request had to be filed, and when dealing with the NCAA or conference offices, even sure things are never a sure thing, so it is a relief and a positive as Oregon St. prepares to begin spring drills the day after spring break, on March 31.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com